I just joined this group and I wanted to introduce myself. I'd recently decided to finally try and learn to model things in blender, and since I'd wanted to make a BJD for a long time, I thought making an attempt in blender would be a really good way to learn.
So I came up with this doll, which I've named Eve because she's the first (original, I know). https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4688986
I've also made an eye file to go with it: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4701088. In so doing, I thought I aught to join this group.
Since I've never made or even seen a bjd in real life, I really have no idea how well it's going to work, but I'm in the process of printing and finishing it to find out. Truth be told, I wasn't going to print this one - I was going to model another one once I had a better understanding of Blender - but the more time goes on the more excited I am about it (lol)
I wanted to see a doll which represents a slightly different idea of beauty than what I usually see in (pictures of) ball jointed dolls, so she has a very curvy figure with big legs and wide feet. She also has full cheeks, a round nose and plump lips.
It feels so cool to make something in a computer program and have it come out as a real physical thing. I would love to see people try this model out, make and post makes, fixes, mods, and whatever else.
Anyway, thank you for your attention. Cheers
Super excited - I just wanted to show this off!!! I just posted the files for my 1/3 scale tower PC: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4676606
combined with a 7" screen and bluetooth keyboard, its a complete working PC... well almost... I still need to figure out a 1/3 scale mouse!
It's be biggest from-scratch design I've done, so I'm really pleased with how it came out.
Most BJDs are strung with 3mm elastic cord. This is problematic. Dolls usually "kick" under too much cord tension or just flop about with too little cord tension. One method to prevent kicking is by adding friction to the joints either with hot glue or felt. This mostly works, but isn't perfect. Here is a much better method I want to share of using metal wire alongside the elastic to retain poses. Tutorial video below:
I am trying desperately to find a BJD that I can print on a resin printer (Elegoo Mars) with tenacious added to my elegoo skin resin in 1:12 scale. I have tried various dolls but when sizing them down to 1:12 I am unable to get the balls and sockets to align, I guess the resin isn't precise enough. Ironic, because the finishing is so beautiful. Are there any other resin printers here? Any suggestions for me? Thank you!