How to Sculpt a Ball Jointed Doll Character with Paper Clay

with Noemi Smith

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What you will learn:

This course has over 12 hours of pure content. It is designed so you can make professional grade ball jointed dolls. In depth and very detailed.

Class 1:

  • About the instructor

  • Materials needed and tools

  • The concept of a character

  • Drawing the design

Class 2:

  • Making foil core for everything (start with legs).
  • Adding clay (limbs first) and bake
  • Make the head
  • Making the torso

Class 3:

  • Finishing arms and legs
  • Finishing modelling the head (ears, etc)

Class 4:

  • How to make balls and molds.
  • Head: cutting open take foil out.

Class 5:

  • Adding principal balls (shoulder and thigh)
  • Mark and cut torso.
  • Add ball to torso, make it fit.

Class 6:

  • Mark and cut limbs

  • Add balls to arms, make it fit.


Class 7:

  • Trying on Arms

  • Add balls to legs and fit

Class 8:

  • Finishing the head with magnets

Class 9:

  • Fitting for a professional looking doll
Class 10
  • Making hooks
  • Assembling the whole doll
Class 11
  • Tips for a perfect ball jointed doll
Bonus Classes
  • Perfecting joints
  • Painting a bjd
  • Making Removable Horns


About the course

In this class, you will learn the complete process of making this type of doll. This series of classes is oriented to those who have experience making art dolls/BJDs because the subject of the articulated character doll is quite complex and will not give much place (time) to explain in extended way subjects related to proportions of the body, and sculpture in general.

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Making a Ball Jointed Doll Character

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Sculptors, art dolls artists, anyone who loves sculpting or want to start a new hobby or career.

Main objective:
Learn how to sculpt ball jointed doll character.



About the instructor

Noemi Smith

I am a student and a lover of the Arts since I was a little girl. I started my art career by drawing and painting just as a hobby. I was a student of Technical design and worked for several years doing ACAD Computer Technical Drawings in my country Peru. I never had the opportunity to show my Artistic skills, until I came to live in the United States in 2005. That is when I started making figurines in Cold Porcelain and also when I found Polymer Clay. I was so amazed with the art of doll making. I fell in love with! I started making figurines in Cold Porcelain; a type of clay used for modeling in South America. As for my language, it was easier for me to learn from what I found online, even how to make my own clay (because this clay isn’t for sale in the USA). Later on... well I learned English of course! That is when I found out about Polymer Clay, I was so amazed with the Art of Doll making... I fell in love with it! I started researching about it, learning from videos online, collecting information from here and there. I became a self-taught Artist. My inspiration is the female figure as well as children and animals. I started sharing my knowledge with new beginners, especially my Hispanic fellows, in this wonderful world of Doll making.
Nowadays started making something more than dolls as was captivated with fantasy characters and creatures, and still constantly strive to improve my skills. I'm able to work in different mediums such as clay, polymer clay, fabrics, yarn, wool, anything that can get my hands on!

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