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Happy new year!

After reading a mail from WordPress “Your annual report,your 2013 in blogging”, I went back to my blog and remembered i hadn’t really been active in 2013. I had an idea once, to make a beautiful ball jointed doll (hopefully) and share my doll wip pictures and the whole process with you. Well, I’ve been busy with other stuff but I want to get started with the whole project again and try to at least finish one doll this year =)

This time I’m trying La doll, because Cernit (polymer clay) and plasticine were not really helpful for my project, even though I like both materials in general.

All the best for 2014!

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Making my BJD-The day I learned NOT to use Plasticine

Huh? Is that really the title of my blog post today? The day I learned NOT to use Plasticine…. how can I write that. Let me explain.

There is nothing bad about plasticine or the Chavant Clay Medium that I am using for my doll making project BUT (and now listen closely) it isn’t very smart to use plasticine for a ball jointed doll. Yepp! I could have thought about that before, and I am sure some of my readers are thinking now “I could have told you”. Because, now that I have worked with the material for some days and made some experiences with it, I think it is quite obvious why you shouldn’t use it for a ball jointed doll. When it comes to Ball jointed dolls it is all about movement. And plasticine is a sticky material that doesn’t allow you to check if the balls/joints are moving.

Check out what I mean:

plasticine torso

So, this means: back to my cernit polymer clay that I still have lying around somewhere. I need a material that allows my parts to MOVE =)
It’s an experience I had to make and it’s part of the process, so I’m okay with it! I’ll show you new pics as soon as I have cleaned all my tools from the sticky plasticine and have a clean surface to work with Cernit. But I am grateful that I can still use the plasticine for my molds later on, they are sulphur free after all.

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Making my own ball jointed doll. The basic torso

My process is going slowly. Very slowly. Too slowly.

Why? Because I’m new to doll making and new to polymer clay, so I still have to figure out some stuff. And it is frustrating, which keeps me from working on the doll regularly.

cernit doll side viewSo, because I am not satisfied at the moment, I will just show you a side view of the torso.

Last time I just had the lower torso finished, but I now added the upper torso, with the chest, shoulders and a neck.

Keep in mind, that I am only showing the basic form, details will be made later on.

And I am only showing what I think is okay. The back and front view is not to my satisfaction yet.

If you want to read my post about the lower torso, click here

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My dream- the main idea behind my doll project

This is a quick post to give you an idea what my plans are with this doll project.
At the moment I am doing a ball jointed doll out of Cernit just for myself.

My aim is to practise sculpting and to learn how to make quality dolls and to maybe produce some dolls in the future. This is a dream and I am writing this down to see if I will achieve this in future. Then I can come back to this post and remember how things were at the beginning of my project.

It would be great to make limited edition dolls,maybe with a one of a kind costuming and unique painting. The dolls will all have a certain theme,which I already have in mind, but I will share this with you as soon as the time is right for it.

Until then, enjoy the journey and watch my first doll made of Cernit come to life!


-Read my post “What is a bjd” to learn more about ball jointed dolls and find out what information helps me during the doll making process .-


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Making my own ball jointed doll-The lower torso Part 1

Finally brave enough to bake a piece of Cernit

Honestly, the last days I was a bit afraid to bake my clay. Baking polymer clay means it’s definite and you cannot knead and sculpt with it anymore, because after the baking/curing process, the Cernit is strong and has its definite shape.

Nevertheless, after some days of doing nothing, I decided that today would be the day to start to bake part of my doll. And I must say that I am quite satisfied with the results and happy that I took that step.

basic doll body

Okay, so what I did was to start with the lower torso,without the chest and shoulders. I baked the clay at 130 degrees for about 15 minutes and the Cernit color turned to a nice sun tan color.

Wow, you cannot imagine how long it took me to get the aluminium foil out of the body. It took me nearly 2 hours!!!!!!! Simply because I was not smart enough before to roll the foil together in a loose form. Instead, what I did was to do a quite strong core of alufoil, and this was a mistake! It was so hard to get the pieces out, because they where really attached to each other. Pheew, as you can see I succeeded at last. And besides that, the 2 hours were okay because I had the Tv on while pulling the  foil out.

doll torsoThis is the basic torso. I will still add Cernit here and there,scratch parts away and simply see what still has to be changed to get a correct doll torso.

Oh btw, what you see next to the torso is a forceps. I used this and other tools that I had on hand.

The backside from the torso. I think the aluminium foil beside it looks kinda nice, it makes a nice picture don’t you think?

Oh btw, what you see next to the torso is a forceps. I used this and other tools that I had on hand.


I just had to take this picture because I was so happy when the doll torso was finally aluminium-free.

This project is really fun! The more I do on the doll, the more fun I have because I can see the change =)

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Making my own ball jointed doll-The basic body

Covered the aluminium foil core with Cernit to make a basic body

I’ve been really busy with my doll and have some pictures to show today. Yes, finally I can use the definition “Doll”; because a doll is more apparent from day-to-day.

pasta machine makes my polymer clay smoothProudly showing you the smooth polymer clay that I made with my pasta machine =)

uncured polymer clay on doll legsThis is how the legs look at the moment, the Cernit is still uncured. It’s just the basic form of the legs, I will still change it later and add details here and there.

I will show you the cured Cernit in my next post. Oh and just remembered to mention that this is not a complete basic body. I’ve not started with the head and the upper torso is also missing. This part goes up to the ribs, but the chest and neck is still missing. Looks like I’m going to cut the lower torso a bit to get it right.

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Making my own ball jointed doll-Conditioning with clay softener

Yes it is possible to condition hard polymer clay!

Who would have thought that crumbly, hard clay can become soft and workable! My Cernit Polymer clay was so old and hard and wasn’t fun working with. My hands hurt after a short time working with it and I wondered why everyone on the Internet was saying that Clay gets extremely soft if you knead it for a long time.

I already thought I had to throw the clay away. Because my clay was hard, dry, crumbly  and wouldn’t get soft no matter what I did.

I checked the internet for some information on how to get hard clay soft and found out I needed a clay softener. As soon as I had the clay softener I first chopped the clay in tiny pieces with a blade. After that I added some Sculpey Liquid Clay Softener and Vegetable Oil to it and made small balls.

Before I could use the pasta machine, I rolled out the clay with a warm thermo bottle. That’s a handy trick because we have winter down here and although we have a warm home, my hands are not warm enough to get the Cernit soft in no time.

polymer clay in pasta machineWow you cannot imagine how relieved I was when the clay went through the pasta machine, because before it was too hard and crumbly and even thin rolled out pieces would not enter the machine.

Just HAD to post this because something that seemed impossible has been solved =)

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The clay softener for my old,hard clay has arrived

Sculpey Clay Softener just arrived today and I have started to soften some of my old Cernit Clay. Ok, although the softener is called Sculpey, it can be used for any type of Polymer Clay, really. Have I mentioned that we have minus degrees outside? Well I am lucky enough to be able to stay inside today. Time to be creative =)

Just wanted to share the news, I will give you an update as soon as I have  conditioned enough of my old clay.

Greetings, Nike

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