Tuesday, April 30, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 174




I am filling the hole I drilled in the upper leg with some scrap carving wax. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I use my DIY Wax Pen to melt the scrap carving wax in the hole.






I melt a little bit more than is needed to fill the hole. I always try to make sure that I melt the base wax, as well as the filler, so they become one piece.






I scrape the excess carving wax off, trying to follow the shape of the form as closely as possible.






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Monday, April 29, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 173






I positioned the 40mm diameter ping pong ball in the knee socket hole of the upper leg and fastened it in place with some masking tape. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I used a 1/2 inch drill bit to drill a hole in the upper leg, leaving some space for carving wax to form a socket about 1/2 inch thick.






I turn on my wax pot and adjust the temperature so the carving wax melts, but does not get too hot. I put some scraps of carving wax into the wax pot to melt. This is a good opportunity to melt down some trimmings.






I pour the molten carving wax from the wax pot into my little pouring ladle. The pouring ladle has a spout that helps me pour the wax into the 1/2 inch hole.






I filled the sink with cold water, and held the leg over the water when I poured the carving wax from the ladle into the hole. Then I tilted the leg up so the molten carving wax would cover the ping pong ball. How much did I pour? I would pour some wax, then tilt the leg up, until excess carving wax poured out of the hole. Then I held the leg for awhile, so the carving wax could solidify a wee bit. Finally, I submerged the leg into the cold water and  let the leg fill up with cold water. The cold water helps the carving wax cool down and solidify. Finally, I just left the leg in the cold water for awhile.



I always try to remember to turn off my wax pot when I am finished pouring carving wax. Even though I do not have the wax pot turned up very high, I do not like to walk into the studio several hours later, and find the wax pot still turned on. I try to turn it off and unplug it from the outlet.




This is the new knee socket for the upper leg. I removed the ping pong with some locking pliers. The ping pong ball did not survive the operation.






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Sunday, April 28, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 172




Okay, yeah, so this is my personal ball-jointed-doll-making journal. I do this every day in order to journal my BJD-making progress. My idea is that if I do a little bit of work on my doll every day, that eventually I will complete a ball-jointed-doll. Isn't it Hell? OMG !!! Why is it taking me so long to finish this doll? I am making progress, but I seem to be going at a snail's pace.

I came into the studio today and picked-up the carving wax head and looked at it for awhile. I did not actually do anything with it. I just thought about stuff to do with it. I guess I needed a break from knee joints for a short period? Sometimes it is a good idea to take a break and just try to look at what I am doing, or trying to do.

I still need to cut a skull cap. Then I will melt some carving wax and pour it over a 40mm diameter ping pong ball in order to make a neck socket. I have an itch to test-string some of these parts, so I may do this so I can test-string the head on top of the neck.



I always have a doll room, or a doll house theme playing in the back of my head, for when my doll gets finished. I am so easily distracted. Oh look !!! I am playing with some LEDs. What possibilties do these have for BJDs, or doll rooms, or a doll house?



I am following like, 145+ weblogs through Google Reader. Then, out of the blue, Google said they were going to, like abolish Google Reader as of July 1st. I was totally freaked-out. I'm sorry, I was. I enjoy reading so many different blogs, and having the new posts delivered automatically, without having to go and check each and every blog, right?. So what I did was to find another RSS feed reader called Akregator, and installed it on my computer. I was able to download the list of blogs I am following with Google Reader, and import them into Akregator. Then I un-subscribed from ALL the blogs that I was subscribed to through Google. So now I am Google Reader free. I am still getting all the feeds I was subscribed to when I was using Google Reader, but my little icon does not show up in the Followers of each blog.




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Saturday, April 27, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 171




I finished carving out the 40mm diameter socket hole in the left upper leg. Click on any image to enlarge it.






The ping pong ball fits inside of it.






The carving wax leg parts fit together with the ping pong ball inside.






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Friday, April 26, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 170




I continue working on the hole in the top of the lower carving wax leg. I use my paring knife and the carving tool. Click on any image to enlarge it.






As I work, I check the size of the hole with a 40mm diameter ping ping ball. If I twist the ping pong ball back and forth in the hole, it rubs a spot inside the leg that shows me where I need to trim some more.






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Thursday, April 25, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 169




I put the left leg parts together and transferred the lines from the lower leg to the upper leg. Then I matched up a 40mm diameter circle template to the lines. I used an X-Acto knife to scribe a line around the circle template. Click on any image to enlarge it.






This is the scribed 40mm diameter line.






I used my paring knife to cut the carving wax up to the scribed line.






I use a 40mm diameter ping pong ball to test the cut.






I still need to cut some more from each left leg part.






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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 168




I positioned the 40mm diameter paper template on the top of the left lower carving wax leg. I will use the X-Acto knife to scribe a line around the template. Click on any image to enlarge it.






It is somewhat hard to see because the camera insisted on focusing more on the desktop than on the top of the leg, but there is a 40mm diameter line scribed on the left leg.






I used my paring knife to cut the carving wax up to the scribed line.






As I cut, I keep checking with a 40mm diameter ping pong ball.






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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 167




I turned on my wax pen and worked on filling some places on the left lower carving wax leg. In the image below, the top is a before photo, the middle is a during photo, and the bottom is an after photo. I used my paring knife to subtract excess carving wax from the filled areas. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Monday, April 22, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 166




I worked a little bit on the seam of the inner thigh of the right leg. This is a before and after photo of what I did today. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Sunday, April 21, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 165




I worked with my wax pen and paring knife to fill-in and scrape-off carving wax in the right lower leg. In the photo montage below, the top, middle, and bottom legs show the before, during, and after stages of the process. I did not use any sandpaper to smooth the leg at this time. Click on the image to enlarge it.



The actual work is practice, practice and more practice: adding, subtracting, and smoothing repeatedly. ~ Martha Armstrong-Hand




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Saturday, April 20, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 164




I worked on the inside seam of the right leg. I used my paring knife to scrape the seam down. I turned on my wax pen, but did not have a chance to do much with it. That is okay at this point. Everything I do, helps a little bit. The below photos show a before (top) and after (bottom) of what I did. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Friday, April 19, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 163




This is a diagram of the side view of the knee joint that I have been playing around with in Kolourpaint, just to get an idea of what I am trying to do. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I use a combination square and a bamboo skewer to help make the 45 degree line on the back of the lower leg. I work from one side, then the other. I use the marks I made on the leg from the 40mm paper template to line up the ruler. Yoshida says that the knee should pivot from the middle of the ball.






This is what the bamboo skewer scratched into the leg as I ran it along the edge of the ruler, which was set at 45 degrees. The leg is round, so I had to keep the skewer straight up and down, as well as keep the point in contact with the surface of the leg, as it was going down and away from the edge of the ruler. I hope that makes sense?






It seems like a lot to cut off, but I used my calipers to measure the line on the leg, and I made a 45 degree line from the center of the knee joint, and the distance is the same on the leg as it is on the drawing. Below is a side view of the tracing paper overlay on top of the knee joint of my working drawing.



I am still holding off on making the cut. I will probably work on the other leg until I can get it caught up with this one. There is always plenty to do. I try to do a little bit of work on my doll every day. Little by little she is coming along. It isn't so much talent that is needed to make a BJD, but some patience, perseverance, and a little bit of luck.




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Thursday, April 18, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 162




I am filling under the ball on the lower leg. I taped a ping pong ball into the lower leg to close the hole. I drilled a pouring hole in the side of the leg, about one half of an inch below the ping pong ball. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I melted carving wax in my wax pot, then transferred it to a pouring ladle. I poured the molten carving wax into the pouring hole. Then I tilted the leg so the molten carving wax covered the ping pong ball. I held the leg so that the excess carving wax came out of the hole and went back into the ladle.






After the carving wax solidified and cooled, I drilled a hole in the bottom. This is the lower leg, so the carving wax ball will fit in here.






The carving wax ball fits perfectly.






I filled the pouring hole with scraps of carving wax.






I used my wax pen to melt the scraps and fill the hole.






When the carving wax cooled, I used my paring knife to scrape the excess carving wax away.






Hopefully, this will allow me to carve the 45 degree angle that permits the knee joint to bend 90 degrees.






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