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Progress of a doll by ladymeow Progress of a doll by ladymeow
So last summer I spent a lot of time working on dolls and I just realized that I forgot to post any progress pictures of them here on dA.

After the tiny Eka dolls, this is the second jointed doll I've finished. She took a lot of work to sculpt and there are some things I would change if I were to do it all over again... I might still try to redo her legs at some point but for the most part I'm really happy with her.

The original sculpture was made with la doll brand clay, which is kind of like an air drying paper clay I think, and she was 10 inches tall. The porcelain copies shrank down to 8.5 inches tall.
Seeing how much the porcelain shrinks is probably my favorite part!
When I designed her I wanted her to represent a 5 foot tall girl. That's not too important except I plan to sculpt many new bodies that will be in the same scale as this one. I think my next one will be a little taller and maybe look a bit more curvy or something. Or maybe I'll make a child in the age 7ish range..


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suicidollxp Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing to see all the molds you need for one doll *q*
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yeah, it takes quite a bit of time to make just the molds... and then remake the ones that don't turn out well. XD
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suicidollxp Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
T__T yep i tried it once and i'm not good that it at all.
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thepunkpalace Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your dolls are beautiful! They're so delicate, I love them!
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:iconladymeow:
Thank you very much!
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Yussac Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lady meow how do you make a mold? from what kind of material
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I use plaster to make the molds.
There's lots of tutorials out there on how to make molds with plaster but here's one I have the link to- [link]
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Yussac Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
bunch of thanks for you lady :) for your link :) Roslyn looks very charming :)
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Free-Falling May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm getting information together to make my own BJd and this is very informative. What did you do to cast your original? Did you have to redrill all the holes after it was cast?
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The original was sculpted with a combination of la doll clay and polymer clay and then after it was finished I made plaster molds and use those to cast the doll in porcelain.

When casting with porcelain or other ceramics the pieces end up hallow on their own so there's usually no need to drill out the hollows and the molds don't need to have a core piece. One exception would be the really tiny pieces like the knees and elbows. I do cast those parts solid and then poke a hole through them for the string because they are just too tiny... casting ceramic slip like porcelain is very different from casting with resin so this might not be any help at all depending on what you want your final doll to be like.
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