Crafty Girl

Doll, BJDs, sculpting, and other experiments from the basement

League of Legends

One of my all time favourite games is League of Legends.  In fuck all the way offparticular I love the ARAM play style.  With that said I thought this was worth sharing.  I was playing Ziggs and being particularly annoying in an ARAM, bouncing people around and generally being disruptive.

 

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Movies

I have been keeping  my blog essentially only about crafting stuff, however i feel like it is time to bust out a little bit.  On NPR recently I heard something where people were talking about fave movies.  I decided this is how I will start out.  The movies I never want to forget

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Triplets of Belleville, Ink, Pleasantville, Princess Bride, Beetlejuice, Legend, The Artist, The Matrix, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, 12 Monkeys, Neverending Story, Ever After, Seven, Seven Pounds, Brazil, The man in the Glass Booth, Nightmare before Christmas, Frozen, 50 Days of Summer, Warm Bodies, Edward Scissor Hands, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (both versions), Space Balls, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Up, inception, The Matrix, Wild Wild West, The Green Mile, Gladiator, Margin Call, Wall E, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pans Labyrinth, Seven Pounds, Gran Torino, Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Mary and Max, The Network, Man in the Glass Booth, The Kings Speech, Twelve Monkeys, Groundhog Day, The Help, Nightmare Before Christmas, Robot and Frank, Liar Liar, Black Snake Moan, Zoe and Miri make a Porno, The Secret of the Kells, Hudson Hawk, The Craft, Practical Magic

 

 

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Incredible Resource

I came across the most incredible webpage for doll makers.

It is a bunch of demo’s from beginning to ceramic casting

The name is Allison Mecleary and her tutorials can be found HERE

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New Clay Recipe – Tissue Clay

I made the clay recipe as per my last post.

Here are the results.

Making it:  This clay is NOT finicky!  I am very pleased with this clay.  It doesn’t really stick to your fingers when you are using it and the clean up is easy.  Very easy to make as far as ingredients.  Put everything in the bowl except flour.  Put the flour in last and keep adding until you have the right consistancy (like you would pancake batter)

Equipment:  This clay is much too heavy or thick for your normal egg beater.  Most of the mixing will have to be done by hand.

Cold porcelain clay is difficult to make because of the cooking time, and you have to know what you are looking for.

I really like the texture of this stuff though.

Shrinkage:  Will update when I know more.  I set several pieces to dry tonight.  We will see how much it does or doesn’t shrink

Strength:  Will update when I have more information

 

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New Clay Recipe – Tissue Clay

The recipe:

1/2 cup wet toilet paper
1/2 cup Elmer’s (or any PVA glue)
1/2 cup joint compound (any brand except Dap)
1/2 cup corn starch
3 tablespoons mineral oil (baby oil)
1 cup of all-purpose white flour, or as needed

 

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BJD Blogs and web pages I forgot about

One of the very first I ever saw (suitable for beginners) – This person works out the mechanics and details it all!

Another well detailed step by step for a beginner (me)

Everything on this Pintrest page

 

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Production

I have been so productive the past couple of days.  Lemme tell ya!

First I have been making my art space ready for another season of work.  I really left the space a mess last season, mostly due to lack of concentration.  Nearing the end of last season I was torn by so many different projects that I ended up really doing very little on any one of them.

I may be getting a table saw soon too.  If I do, that means I will redesign my space specifically with sculpting and doll making in mind.  One of the things that is going to help a great deal will be having a spot where I can stick drying pieces RIGHT ON the work space, just in case I need to do touch ups as it is drying.  (Who can resist playing with a creation when they see it taking shape)

I also want to have/make a turntable sort of thing which is easily enough made.  A home made lazy susan.  Another Idea I have is to make sure I have a lot of  holes through the top work space so that i can use/make home made bolt clamps to secure my work as I am working on it

My work space will also have a lot of storage (because I seem to hoard art supplies, … oooooorr potential art supplies… like turkey breast bones which I have boiled and bleached, figuring they will work … somewhere….)  These cabinets should be pull out (standard home made, not roller balls) with clear fronts.

All my small tool holders will have to be moved to my main sculpting areas, whereas all my larger hand tools (skillsawz, drills, hacksaws, recip etc etc can be moved further away to a wall that I do not need to access as much.

I am now thinking though that peg board is going to be a lot more practical than the heavy folding doors I have been using.

Another huge change I am thinking about is to make the two storage rooms one.  I don’t think that can actually be done though, due to the fact that sewage pipes run through the wall I would like to knock down.

One heck of a big chore I think I must undertake is to balance the heavy sinks in the unit.  They do not drain properly the way they are.  I may be able to simply place shims, but I am not sure.  It will be a big job as the wash basins are about a hundred years old and made of a cement type material mixed with resin.

I would also like to figure out a way to incorporate my plastic pull out bins because they are handy and cheap. (as well as colorful)

TODAY

So onto my work today.  I had to air dry/cold porcelain clays which I felt I was going to have to throw out.  One of them was store bought and over a year old.  It was the Creative Paperclay brand.  I had thought that it was dried out, but to my surprise, with the plastic only folded over, it was still good.  The other was a clay I made.  It was a little too gooey, and had a heavy shrink rate.  (For the record, this recipe was an experiment, and I didn’t use much hand lotion, replacing all oils with just mineral oil).  The texture on Creative Paper Clay is pretty grainy and I didn’t like that much, but the combination of the two look good so far.  We will see how it goes after it dries a little

The next thing is that I boiled down most of my old paper-pulp for the core of dolls.  The stuff dries rock hard and can be sanded just like any pressed paper product.  After boiling it down to break it apart, I am leaving it soak overnight and will be forming it up tomorrow a little.  (I will have to be careful because I added a little bleach to mix that it will soak in)

Takeing up a few pieces that I did last year I started reworking them.  Cold porcelain really does dry bone solid, but I still have some Sculpey firm to put to the test.

I had taken a piece of  dried paper pulp that was essentially a long tube and sanded it with a rasp into something that resembled an arrow, then covered it with clay.  Once that dries I can cut it apart and scoop out the paper stuff.  If the arrow thing works out then that will be great because it is really easy to do!

Using the same method I shaped something like a chibi head.  I do not know on which doll I might put it on, but I like the overall shape of it.

I will include photos tomorrow

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Experiments in media

First the dog and pony show …

Now for the information bits.

Sculpey Firm – This stuff is HARRRRRD!  It is almost unworkable.  I thought that if I added softener to it, it would become just like regular Sculpey.  I didn’t want to do that.  So I made a compromise.  I added Super Sculpey into Sculpey Firm (about 2 to 1 firm to super).  I kept kneading it by putting it through the pasta machine over and over.  It is REALLY crumbly for a long time, but it eventually begins to stick together.  Finally when it has you can move onto the next part.  Covering your forms.

So the foam form has to be rough.  The floral foam .. otherwise it has nothing to grab onto.  If you try to add TLS to the other foam it will just slide around. The stuff is still crumbly, but it will form together.  I didn’t think i was going to be able to get new clay to stick onto the stuff i already had on, but it went on without too much trouble.  A little more blending work.

I have to say though.  Firm really is good.  It doesn’t take your fingerprints that much, and you can really grab hold of it without worrying that you are going to think it out.  You can finger smooth it and it comes to a nice sheen.  (see the photos above)

Also in that group of stuff you will see white pieces with cracks in them.  That is my experiment with air dry clay.  That was the recipe that was glue/mineral oil/cornstarch/vinegar/ and some squirts of hand lotion.  The stuff REALLY shrinks.  Not at all like my first recipe.  I will do a separate post on that, but basically if you want a really nice clay, you should use at least half of the mineral oil as hand lotion.  My original recipe was all hand lotion.  There was almost no shrinkage.  (see some of the other white heads in the collection of stuff)

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Cheap BJD’s

$30  Art S Buck Artists figure / Female /

$23+shipping  Art S Buck Artist figure / Male /

$40  Hujoo – Junky Spot on Amazon

$30  Sub par Obitsu body (no head)

$60+ shipping  Obitsu Manga type figure

$55+shipping  Obitsu Male Manga  – This has screws and looks like a GI Joe wannabe

Junky Spot – Obitsu – 50 and up – You have to pick the head and body separate.

Junky Spot – Hujoo – 40 and up.

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Artists I would like to use as References

Cutest little BJD’s – Not available in NA

This person sculpts the entire body first!  They then cut it apart.  The artist uses Sculpey firm

Apoxy sculpt.  2 part clay 1 hour working time

Interesting doll ideas –  I think they are made of polymer clay as well

Doll with interesting leg proportions – Check out thre gallery too, lots of interesting bjd

Doll Schematic and resources

mermaid doll

Cute little baby dolls

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Building over Styrofoam

This is confusing in itself.  The form of your doll is built over something.  Pros generally build over styrofoam.  There are several kinds though.

For anyone who has ever been confused about this, it is not the white kind that has the little balls in it.  It is the kind that you push fake flower stems into.  It has a sparkle to it and looks sort of crystallized.

I have a rasp which has four settings.  experiment with them to see what you like best

Regular styrafoam though is not without merit.  It is a little more difficult to sculpt, but if you are patient you can definately shape it with a rasp.  I had the most success if i used the very rough rasp, and used it with the grain.  (Not against which would remove the most material)

I am doing an experiment where I cover each styrofoam with slip clay then will fire it to find out how it works.  Pictures will be available once finished.

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Armature Joints for reference

http://www.montereymotiongraphics.com/

http://www.montereymotiongraphics.com/armatures/history.html

 

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Adding new (Air dry) clay to old clay – don’t

Here is something I hadn’t thought about.  Adding different clay (even the same type) to old/completely dry clay will cause cracks.

I used my own formula of air dry clay and added it to a piece on the inside to help strengthen the structure.  However I came back to take a look 12 hours later, and the entire outer (dry) shell had cracks all through it.

(Insert photos here)

The two formula’s that I used were basically, but not completely the same.  This means that there are enough differences that you will be making problems for yourself.  The alternative is that the clay when completely dry has very little give in it.  

Either way, it seems risky.

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BJD Artist Links and Tuts


Tutorials:

Detailed tutorial five parts

Clever Joint tutorial
Clever Joint Supplier

Another Joint tutorial

Joint tutorial

Precise Joints

Hands tut


Different Dolls:

http://horriblesweet.deviantart.com/gallery/ – I am in love with this persons style

http://blitzava.deviantart.com/gallery/ – BJD Dragons and whimsey

http://vonborowsky.deviantart.com/gallery/ – BJ Critters

http://sleetwealth.deviantart.com/gallery/ Wholesome creepy goodness

http://scargeear.deviantart.com/gallery/ – Cute, different dolls

http://cdlitestudio.deviantart.com/gallery/ – Strange little fairy dolls

http://jdavidmckenney.deviantart.com/gallery/ – creepy mermaid doll


Artists to watch:

http://daiin.deviantart.com/gallery/

http://hal-io.deviantart.com/gallery/

http://keruuu.deviantart.com/gallery

http://keruuu.deviantart.com/

http://seyra.deviantart.com/gallery/9214673

http://eyedolldotnl.deviantart.com/gallery/

http://materiae.deviantart.com/gallery/30454655

http://twigling.deviantart.com/gallery/

http://rosen-garden.deviantart.com/gallery/


 

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Polymer Clay vs Air Dry warning

I have been making doll parts for some time now, experimenting and playing with the stuff.

Last night I went to start refining and making the holes and such for some of the dolls I have been working on.  In some cases I mixed clays.  Polymer vs cold porcelain air dry (home made)

I was surprised to see how BRITTLE polymer clay is.  So here is a warning:

Don’t use Polymer Clay as your doll clay

When I say Polymer clay, I mean all of it, including the Living Doll brand.

If you are worried about air dry clay, be assured I have never felt another stronger clay except fired ceramic.  This includes home made cold porcelain (4 ingredient stuff – glue, cornstarch, vinegar, mineral oil and a little hand lotion)

If you aren’t up to making your own, you can get basic air dry clay at any art store and it is still cheaper than polymer.

Just experiment with it if you still have your doubts.  (I had mine)

For an experiment, try making two shapes, relatively alike, in both clays, then cut them with a craft knife, or drill through with a hole drill, sand, etc.

I had never gotten this far before and realize now.  Polymer clay has its uses, but not in a spot that is going to be moving, or stressed.

EDIT:  I forgot to mention that Polymer can be used on top of Air Dry without problem.  But not in places that are going to take stress or abuse.  Use only as decorative.

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