For this doll I used ordinary ProSculpt. For hands I used the mix of ProSculpt and Bozzi Clay (bozzi is strong, but hard to work with if not mixed with something else). There is no good polymer clay for ball jointed dolls. Polymer bjd will always be fragile. But it's good as a prototype : )
Lately, I started to work with Super Sculpey Firm (gray). It's much stronger ^ ^
Thanks vet much for the advise! I haven't worked with polymer clays for years (I used to make a lot of fimo clay beads) so I don't know much about different hardness of clays. How fragile would a doll made from a strong polymer be? I am thinking of making something slightly higher than a Barbie with elastic rather than metal springs to hold the doll together. I am reluctant to get into resin casting as I want each doll to be individually hand made. ^w^ I'm thinking of mixing cernit and prosculpt to get a hardish clay.
Hmmm... There are artists who actually make and sell polymer clay bjd dolls (like: cdlitestudio.deviantart.com/ for example ^ ^ ). They are fragile but you still can pose them and play with them from time to time : )
And thats the best thing to do. Trial-and-error ^ ^ I tried a lot of different polymer clays. I even dumped the whole sculpting journey for almost 1 year because of Fimo Puppen (which I hated to work with... it disappointed me sooo much back then ^ ^' ) But I still couldn't forget about pretty polymer fairies that people were making. So I gave another chance to ProSculpt and I loved it. And then I fell in love with Ball Jointed Dolls. Unfortunately, ProSculpt is way too fragile for bjd dolls. So I made a research and bought Bozzi Clay (the strongest polymer clay I ever tried - Pele Clara). And unfortunately again, it was strong, but resembled Fimo Puppen ;_; Luckily, I tried the mix of ProsCulpt and Bozzi Pele Clara and... the result was amazing. The clay consistency stayed almost the same as in ProSculpt (which Bozzi lacks) yet it became much stronger thanks to Bozzi ^ ^
Also, you might like air drying clay more than polymer clay. Who knows, you have to try it yourself ^ ^
Thanks for all your help. You are right - trial and error is key. I have been asking around for advise because it always helps to know what to avoid! I will bear in mind what you said about fimo puppen. ^w^
I do like the sound if air dry clays, but I am in love with the soft quality of polymer. This is where I'm thinking an epoxy putty like magic sculp might help me out. Might! I have a tonne of sketches and drawings, and I think it is time to finally get moving and make something! Even if it us just sample ball joints for testing.
hello! as a fellow BJD creator, first let me applaud you on your accomplishments and work! I am sending out a general message to all you awesome BJD creators. I am creating a group to promote, feature, teach and showcase works and artists who love and create BJD.
i hope you will join and please feel free to let other BJD creators and BJD enthusiasts to join as well.
we will do artists spotlights, Supply news like doll pre-orders, etc.
If this message was a bother in anyway I apologize and thank you for your time.
O.O I didn't think it was possible to do this with clay! O.O..wow...I want to do this...this is my goal now XD LOL!!! not only will working with polymer clay help my education in pastry and baking but...i want to be able to make a doll out of it too!! just...how did you put it together so that she beds and moves? how did you know what parts to make and what pieces to use....O.O....sorry...just...really curious, fasinated and utterly amazed at this beautiful doll! Well done!
Well, There is many tutorials of how to make BJD. I recommend look through Joonghyun Baek photos, he shows the best example of how BJDs are being made. You make a doll, then you cut her, then you add fresh clay and make each parts fit to another.