The popularity of Ball Jointed Dolls (BJD) or also known as Asian Ball Jointed Dolls (ABJD) has motivated a lot of custom doll enthusiasts to start their very own designs and masterpieces. The theme for most of these BJD creations is that it verges on the contemporary scenarios. These Ball Jointed dolls are mostly influenced by Oriental anime creations since it initially began as trend in Japan, China, and South Korea. Thus, most features of the modern BJD are akin to the faces of anime and manga comics’ characters. But the history of Ball Jointed dolls dates back in the delayed 19th century in Western Europe in when the dolls were created of bisque.
The reincarnation of the Ball Jointed dolls was observed in 1972 when the Blythe doll was launched. These dopey-eyed dolls perhaps fostered the emergence of the modern Ball Jointed dolls that we see today. Together this resurrection, hobbyists and doll fanatics have discovered this technique to be versatile and flexible when it comes to the movement and pose they desire for their creation. Due to this demand, most doll shops right now are food catering to this require and many Ball Jointed supplies are available at online stores which have mushroomed.
Doll supplies include artificial mohair wigs, shoes, clothes, doll body joints and components (ex. feet, arms, head, eyes, and limbs), fairy wings, paints, airbrush, and sealants. There are also other paint materials that are available to make the dolls more lifelike. The doll’s body components can extremely because it is dependent on the dimension of the doll that will be developed. The materials for these parts are usually vinyl or artificial polyurethane resin which can be premade or shaped for customized orders.
The cured resin results to a sleek skin like consistency which is also akin to ceramic yet it is much less fragile. The only trouble with polyurethane is it may turn yellow more than time especially when exposed to heat or the Ultra violet rays. Hobbyists who want to verge on unique customized designs, they can use clay-based molds to form components that are not available at the stores. Most of these custom-designed components are used by enthusiasts that are into robot figures, vampire figures, as well as other dream and imaginary characters.
There are several instructional videos and articles readily available online on how to paint and string Ball Jointed dolls during the set up process. Other elaborate details involve the procedure of putting mohair artificial wigs and the setting of glass eyes. For would-be fanatics who like to begin their own development, check online clubs and forums which will provide better inputs on how to start crafting custom Ball Jointed dolls.