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BallJoint Tutorial by batchix BallJoint Tutorial by batchix
I get asked a lot how the balls on a ball-jointed doll are shaped. Here's the explanation.

I realize this is a very simplistic drawing, but it's very helpful.
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waterseasun3 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you this will help me now with the balls joints.
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ShavingSheep Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
can I do this with a wooden bead?
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batchix Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artist
yes, but be really careful. the wood will start to burn a little. X3
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ShavingSheep Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
you should see me using dremal tool on screws. sparks every where!
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Monustone Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Have you done any more tutorials? :)
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batchix Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Artist
all the written ones are in the tutorial section on my DA gallery. THere's some videos Youtube as well. :3
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Monustone Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Thanks I found them, another question, what kind of colors do you use?
I have used acrylics to my former dolls and as I saw its not really a good idea. Isnt there some colors that dries with a heatgun/hair dryer?
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batchix Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Artist
to paint the face? You can use acrylics on the resin, it won't hurt it. I use pastels and acrylics on the face-ups of the resin dolls. I don't paint my paperclay at all tho.
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Monustone Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Beacuse uhm I use acrylics on super sculpey. Any advice on some other color that is better suited?
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batchix Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Artist
acrylics should be fine on super sculpey as far as I know... i've always used them. Sometimes they don't stick so you have to take some rubbing alcohol and run it over the super sculpey first.

You could try using ground up pastels. You need to spray the doll with some kind of matte sealer like Mr. Super Clear or Testor's Matte before and after you apply the pastels.
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Monustone Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Aha! I see, thank you very much! I will try it:>
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NanaCasas Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This is helpful.
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ruphia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Useful.
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Sakura2189 Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thanks! can you tell me the bit of difference in this process -> [link] and yours?
and i was wondering... should i cut along the three holes? if so, how can i put the string through the joint?
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batchix Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artist
I'm not really sure i can explain it... i was originally using wooden balls to make the joints since styrofoam balls like Noah uses aren't easy to find in the states.

You can pull the string through the joint with a bit of wire and some thin ribbon. try looking up doll stringing vids on youtube, that might give you a better idea. :3
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animegirlfroggy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is helpful, the joints in my doll are weird, and I am working on making a tail for her so it's nice to see how more normal joints look.
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Noaka Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*gasp* You're amazing!! =D(Was it MY most recent pestering that got you to make this? =P)
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batchix Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Artist
you made me remember that i had it... but i wasn't specifically looking for it. XD I was looking for an image where my mom had lined all my dolls up like i was a little girl... but i found this instead. hope it helps you out! :3
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Noaka Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Nice, don't you love how you never find what you're looking for, but what you didn't need in the first place? And thanks, it helps a bit. Still no info on rotating thigh pieces... ah well, I'm not even there yet anyway XD Thanks so much, though!
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My-Imaginary-Smile Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you are my hero! lol i've been wondering about that for forever! =] thanks! :3
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Tenshi05 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Thank you! XD
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mjoonbug Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Thank you so much! This is exactly what I've been looking for :aww:
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