Tuesday, November 6, 2012

07 Carving Wax Nº 7

This is a tribute to Carving Wax Test Doll. I do not own a resin Asian BJD from a company in Japan, Korea, or China. In order to learn more about ball and socket joint design, I made this carving wax doll and tensioned her with round elastic doll cord. Click on any image to enlarge it.

She has held up quite well over the many, many months that she has been tensioned. I have taken her apart several times, and restrung her as many times, without her cracking or distorting.

One long loop of elastic was doubled over to make two loops. The two loops start at the head, go through the neck, through the torso, then split and go into the legs, terminating at the ankle ball joint.

The ankle ball joint has a hole drilled, and a slot cut in it. A pin goes in the hole, and an s-hook is attached to it. The other end of the s-hook is attached to one of the loops of elastic that started in the head.

The elastic pulls the ankle ball and holds it against the socket in the lower leg. The s-hook can pivot on the pin, and move back and forth along the slot in the ankle ball.

Enlarge this picture so you can see the pin being pushed out of the hole.

This is another view of the pin being pushed out of the hole.

These are the pins and s-hooks from the ankles. The ankles and wrists are terminating joints. That means that elastic does not pass through these joints. The elastic terminates at these joints.

The pins and s-hooks from the ankles and the wrists.

Carving Wax Test Doll in the wax pot, waiting to be melted down. She was my first ball-jointed doll, and I had a lot of fun with her. She taught me me many things about ball and socket jointed dolls under tension. When she wasn't teaching, she sat on the shelf above my computer and kept an eye on me. She was a good companion and a very good listener.

Her legs and arms and lower torso have already melted.

She slides further into the wax pot.

Good-bye Carving Wax Test Doll.

It was nice knowing you.

You were a good teacher, and a good friend.

I will miss you watching over me.

You are going to a better place.

You will become a part of a new doll.

You will be reborn as a new carving wax doll.

Melodramatics aside, one of the best things about carving wax is that it is reusable.

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