Thursday, October 31, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 355




My doll has been unstrung for awhile now, so I strung her up and played with her today. I can still remember when stringing a BJD was a big mystery. Now I unstring her, do some work on the joints, then string her back up to test my work, without really thinking about it. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 354




I worked on the lower carving wax torso with my paring knife. This is a front and back view. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 353




I worked on the lower right carving wax leg with my paring knife. I worked all over the whole lower leg. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Monday, October 28, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 352




Today I worked over the upper right carving wax leg with my paring knife, then I did some sanding with 100 grit sandpaper to see how well it would work for sanding away small lines left from pouring the carving wax.

One of the nice things about sanding carving wax is that there is no dust. Because the talc is mixed with waxes to make the carving wax, the sandpaper just clogs up over time, and a fresh piece of sandpaper must be used. But there is no sanding dust. I like that. Click on the image to enlarge it.



The actual work is practice, practice, and more practice: adding, subtracting, and smoothing repeatedly. Martha Armstrong-Hand (1920-2004)




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Sunday, October 27, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 351




I worked on the back of the hip socket on the lower carving wax torso, smoothing sharp edges. Click on any image to enlarge it.









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Saturday, October 26, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 350




I worked on the lower torso today. The lower back of the lower torso is just one area I worked on. It still needs work. I have already worked on it before, and didn't like it. I still don't like it. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Friday, October 25, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 349




The red arrow points to where I worked today. I did some filling with my wax pen, and used my paring knife to smooth the upper edge of the right hip socket. Click on the image to enlarge it.









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Thursday, October 24, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 348




This is a before and after photo of the neck ball joint weld, which I filled in with my wax pen and a scrap piece of carving wax. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 347




A comparison snapshot of the carving wax lower legs, flexed. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 346




I worked on the back of the right carving wax knee, smoothing down sharp edges. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I did the same thing to the back of the upper carving wax knee joint.






This is what the right carving wax leg looks like, after smoothing the back of the knee joint.






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Monday, October 21, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 345




Today I worked on trying to get the knee on the right leg, closer in size and shape to the knee on the left leg. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Sunday, October 20, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 344




I worked on the right knee joint, adding a lock. It still needs some work to match it to the left knee joint. Click on any image to enlarge it.






This is a front view of the carving wax doll, tensioned with 3mm round doll cord..






This is a side view of the tensioned carving wax doll.






This is a back view of the tensioned carving wax doll.






This is a view from a different angle on the knee joints.






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Saturday, October 19, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 343




I worked on cutting a bevel on the back of the right carving wax upper leg. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Friday, October 18, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 342




Yeah, so now that I have the left carving wax leg up to a certain stage that I am happy with, I am doing the same thing with the right carving wax leg. So I am starting out by carving some wax away from the upper carving wax leg hip joint. I am looking for the 90 degree bend at the hip for a single joint.






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Thursday, October 17, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 341




I am still playing with my doll. This is a photo of her sitting on a stack of books that is about 11.75 inches high. I was able to adjust the torso with her in this pose. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 340




I said that I was going to sneak up on getting this joint made, and from what I can see in this photo, I am almost there. The trick, of course, will be to mirror it on the right leg. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 339




Today I worked on the hip joint of the upper leg. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Monday, October 14, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 338




Today I worked on the lower carving wax leg, mainly around the shin area. I subtracted carving wax, but did not do any smoothing with sandpaper. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Sunday, October 13, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 337




I worked on the lower left carving wax leg today. I used my paring knife to shape the back of the leg, trying to make it smoother. Click on any image to enlarge it.



When I am shaving carving wax with my paring knife, there is a slight static charge to the thin shavings. I simply use my thumb to press the carving wax shavings against the blade of the knife very once in awhile. When the pressed shavings pile up on the blade, I scrape them off into my carving wax scrap container. This way, I do not have to deal with statically charged carving wax shavings clinging to everything.




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Saturday, October 12, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 336




I worked on the knee joint by trimming carving wax off the back of the leg. I am trying to get the side view to look better. There are two things that must be attended to. First, the joint must function properly. Second, the aesthetics of the leg must try to look as good as possible. The two are in conflict, of sorts. A purely aesthetically pleasing figure would not be poseable. The more poseable the figure becomes, the more the joints are going to show. I am choosing poseability. I want to be able to play with my doll, rather than just display her on a stand in a case. Still, I can make the lines of the leg much better than they were. Click on any to enlarge it.






That kneecap may be sticking out too much?






The leg is looking better. There is much work to be done.






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