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BJD Doll FAQ

Journal Entry: Mon May 16, 2011, 4:52 PM
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"Not Stock" Stamp by J7MiGi


Please read this if you are interested to learn more about the dolls I photograph. I dont have time to keep answering the same questions over and over again >_< I will be updating this journal entry as time goes on. Feel free to add a question in the comments section and I will try to answer it.




BASICS


What are these dolls?
They are BJD - ball jointed dolls. If you search Google with those keywords you will get plenty of results with companies and other info about them. This is the Wikipedia article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball-joi…. Also this LJ answers some questions too bjd-wtf.livejournal.com/ . If you want to learn more, I would suggest Den of Angels forum (www.denofangels.com/forums/).


Do you make them?
No I don't make the actual doll, I don't sculpt it. I am a customizer, I paint their faceups. I am basically a makeup artist for resin dolls. You can find the link to my commission shop and main Flickr faceup portfolio in the links above.


How much do they cost?
That really depends on the size, company and rarity of the doll (if it was limited). The most expensive doll I bought was a Unoa Zero, she was about $1400 USD, the cheapest one was a Pukipuki which cost me $160 USD. Note that those two examples only included a naked body and head, no wigs, eyes, clothes etc.


OMG how can you afford this?
Well I work and I earn money that I can spend on my hobby ^^; It took me many months to save enough for my first doll, putting aside a few bucks every week, but it was worth it. I believe this hobby really tests your patience but if you REALLY want one, you will get it sooner or later.


Where can I buy BJDs?
If you Google "BJD company links" you will find many helpful websites with huge lists of BJD websites www.google.com.au/search?q=bjd… I recommend checking the BJD Collectasy site since it is pretty much constantly updated bjdcollectasy.com/companies-ot….


Where did you buy your own dolls? (listing only current dolls I own)
Jess, Cassie and Bree - Fairyland Minifee Chloe dollfairyland.com/
Mocha and Ichigo - Latidoll Yellow Noa
www.latidoll.com


Are you selling your dolls?
Not unless stated. If I decide to sell any of them, they will be up on Den of Angels BJD forum. denofangels.com/forums/


I like one of the dolls in your monthly mosaic uploads. What is the name of the sculpt?
I don't remember every single sculpt names so I recommend checking my Flickr photostream and find the doll there. The title of my faceup submissions have got the company and sculpt name added.


Your dolls very much resemble my character. I was wondering if I could use your photos as a visual example for my stories/RP?
I am sorry, but my answer is no. These dolls already represent my own characters and have their own stories so I would feel very uncomfortable finding people using my photos for other characters. I hope you can understand and respect my decision.





FASHION AND STYLE


Where do you buy clothes for your doll?
I get them from many many different sources. Some are from Etsy, Ebay or DoA marketplace, others are from specialised bjd fashion websites like Brennil or Atelier Momoni, and sometimes I simply commission seamstresses. I care a lot about my doll's fashion, I want them to be unique so I always try to get clothes that are one of a kind or difficult to get but of high quality.


Where do you buy your doll's eyes?
I am a big fan of urethane eyes so lately all the eyes I buy are Dollflowers. For those ones I join group preorders held on order.bjd.in/dollflower/ which happen about twice per year.


Where do you buy your doll's wigs?
I usually get wigs from Dollga, nDoll, eBay, Etsy etc. But there are many more options available than just those, almost every BJD store sells them so if you have a look at the BJD company list linked in the fifth answer, you will find a ton of options :)





FACEUPS


What materials and tools do you use for your faceups?
- Liquitex Matte Medium and Varnish for sealing (check my Youtube channel to learn more about brush on sealants)
- Schminckle pastels
- Faber Castell and Derwent watercolor pencils
- Iwata airbrush with Tempera and Art Spectrum gouache paints
- Aqueous Hobby Color Clear Gloss or Tamiya Acrylic Paint Clear X-22
- various colored craft shimmer/glitter


How do you paint faceups?
I have a Youtube channel with a bunch of videos showing the work in progress of faceup painting. You can find the link just below the title of this journal entry.





HANDMADE WIGS


Do you take commissions for your wigs?
No sorry, I currently do not.


Can I buy one from you?
Sorry they are not for sale. If I decide otherwise I will make an announcement on my Facebook page.


What fiber do you use for your wigs?
I use both organic and synthetic fiber from Thermal Saran to Alpaca and others. My choice depends on the type of wig, colour and style I want to create.


Where do you buy your fiber?
From dozens of different shops. Because I started making wigs just recently, I am still in the process of testing out the quality and general experience of a variety of suppliers. I've bought my fiber from a different shop every time, and no, I do not have a favorite yet, they all have their pros and cons. You can find plenty of stores on eBay and Etsy or by using your favorite search engine.
Here are just a couple:
www.dollyhair.com/
www.reborndollhair.com/
www.etsy.com/shop/StephanieASm…
www.dollmore.net/


How did you learn how to make wigs?
I learned the basics by spending about two weeks researching during my free time. I've bought a guide on Etsy, I've read articles and tutorials that I found on the web and watched videos on Youtube. After I learned the basics I kept researching the ABCs of hair styling and hair dyeing.
Some links that I recommend checking (remember that you can always learn more, so extra research will only do you good, I've read all of these plus many many many more).
www.blythe-doll-fashions.com/2…
pinterest.com/joannecranston/d…
desertmountainbear.blogspot.co…
bjdmagazine.com/2011/01/11/tut…
dolls.wonderhowto.com/how-to/m…
www.dollmakersdream.com/Doll-w…
www.fantasydollsbyd.com/New_pa…




How did you dye the hair?
The same way as you'd do with human hair. If the fiber is organic (such as angora, alpaca, etc) it is very similar to regular (human) hair and you can change its colours just as easily. So far I've tried Manic Panic dyes and PaintBox, both worked just fine.





PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO


What camera do you use for your photos?
From end of January 2014 I switched to a Nikon D7100. Before that I used a Nikon D90 with a Sigma 1:2.8 DG Macro lens.


Do you edit your photos?
Yes. A lot. Editing photos in Photoshop is the part I enjoy the most.
Jess Purple - before + after shots by AndrejA


What editing program do you use to make your videos?
I use After Effects.




Q&A VIDEOS

I made two videos that answer additional questions that I received.





These are the questions and the timing for the video above

00:16 

I've been interested in these kinds of dolls for about a year and a half now, and I was wondering if you had any tips for someone who's looking into trying these sort of things for the first time?
00:31

What brand of watercolour pencils do you use?
00:38

What brand of pastels do you use?
00:44

What kind of sharpener do you use?
00:56

What gloves do you use and why?
01:10

Do your customers typically ask you for specific colours and etc, or are you usually the one to decide what the doll's makeup will be like?
01:30

Wouldn't an exacto-knife be dangerous on resin (scratching, particularly)?
01:39

i like the song! What is it?
01:49

What is the little green thing that you use to make small repairs?
02:00

You do the lower lashes and eyebrow hairs several times. Are you simply retracing previous lines, or adding more lines?
02:14

Do you brush color right off the pastel sticks, or do you shave it and dip your brush in the powder?
02:29

What program do you use to edit?
02:38

How much of a plan do you have before you start working on a faceup?
02:51

Do you plan on doing a FaceupStories on >insert sculpt name03:08

How many times do you seal the faceup?
03:19

What brand of gloss do you use?
03:25

What type paintbrushes do you use and what is their size?
03:39

Where do you use paint and where do you use pastels exactly?
03:55

Is there a certain kind of paint that you use for the airbrush?
04:04

What brand/model of airbrush do you use?
04:12

When you're using the watercolor pencils, are they entirely dry or have you wet them a little bit? I've used them before, but I feel like the lines don't look as smooth as yours.
04:27

What if u made a mistake?? how do correct it? Do u clean it with something?
04:42

I noticed you used one brand of watercolors when doing the eyelids and another one when you were drawing the creases of her eyes, does that help make the color more visible faster or it doesn't really matter which brand you use for different parts of her face?
04:58

I don't own an airbrush would pastels work just as well for the airbrushed steps?
05:11

What sealant do you use? And why do you apply after every layer?
05:25

Can you use eyelashes intended for humans?
05:35

What do you do with the back of the lashes? I've noticed that you place them so that the back kind of sticks out. Do you clip them when the glue is dry?
05:49

What sealant kind of glue do you use for the eyelashes?


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:iconfurnarchydevil:
FurnarchyDevil Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Could I ask what airbrushing system you use? Is it the Copic system?
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your question is answered in the F.A.Q. above :)
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:iconfurnarchydevil:
FurnarchyDevil Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh very sorry! I must have missed it. I didn't think it was listed under tools!
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:iconaccera:
Accera Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello  :heartpinkglow:  Thank you very much for your work and sharing this!
I have read all comments of this post before asking my question.
I was wonder what size nozzle of airbrush do you use for putting colors on doll face?  (i found you use 0,5 mm nozzle for putting sealant, but idk is it same for coloring..cuz it seems there are some small details to color). 
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use 0.2 nozzle for my Iwata airbrush www.iwata-medea.com/products/i…
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:iconpiinkstrawberiii:
Piinkstrawberiii Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the eyelashes for your dolls what type do you use??
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use regular doll eyelashes, most BJD websites sell them.
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:iconvelvetraynet:
VelvetRaynet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  New member
What do you use to remove the face on Monster High Dolls?
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My Youtube channel has a couple of videos that show what I use and how I do it :)
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kayleighlovesgarrus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idk if you have already answered this or not? But I have tried to get white watercolor pencils to show up and it just hasn't been working. and same thing for black. Is there something you're doing to make the colors show up more vividly or any tips you can give to make them show up more?
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AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If it is not showing properly then you are not sealing it correctly or layering it enough times. It takes me about 4-5 layers to get the whites and blacks show up strongly enough.
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kayleighlovesgarrus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! 
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Nightsky-Goddess Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question about your MH dolls, what size wigs do you use on them? I assume you use BJD-wigs on them :meow:
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on the MH. Grab a measuring tape and measure the circumference of the head, if it is 6inches then it can wear 6inch wigs, if it is 4.5 then buy a 4.5 and so on :)
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Nightsky-Goddess Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright, thanks for your help :meow:
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:icongogo-t-w:
GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
Do you use sealant on MH repaints?
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes you always have to use a sealant.
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:icongogo-t-w:
GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Traditional Artist
Always as a base? 
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes and in between and at the end.
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GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Traditional Artist
Ok, thank you.
It's great you've kept this up for so long. 
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Olgeta Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, Andreja! i really like your videos, and your talent is amazing! I will tel you something,.....when I was little, was draw a drawings for all day. I am doing that too now, and I decided to move on to the new level. That's the hobby of facing-up dolls. Bjd's are so amazing, but thez are too much expensive.So I found the Obitsu, similar dolls like bjd's. And I will soon get my first one! I am sooooooo happy! But i have a little problem.....I am so scared of the bad face-up. I am scared because, I don't want to my first face-up doll be so lame and bad, but I know too that it doesn't gonna be like yours (yours are so prefect, and I know you were started where I am now). So I have two questions:

-Can I erase all my face-up, and if I can, with what?
-And where did you get the something what looks like a little sprays(you use it in beginning of the video)?

Sorry if I am embarrassed you, just, these questions are something what I'd really needed. Thanks a lot in advance. Bunny Emoji-24 (Wave Kiss) [V2] 

All kisses from me, Olgeta. Kiss 
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AndrejA Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can certainly erase a faceup as long as you use materials that can be removed. If you decide to use a permanent marker on it, it probably wont go off no matter how much you try. I have the full list of materials that I use written in the F.A.Q. above so if you use the same ones the correct way, you can remove them easily. I have videos on Youtube that explain in detail how to remove faceups.

The "spray" you saw is most likely an airbrush powered by a compressor www.hiwtc.com/photo/products/1… . I have the exact type and brand written in the F.A.Q. above too and can be purchased from many different places. Easiest/fastest thing would be Googling the name and then finding the best option for you. Mine at the time was buying through eBay.
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:iconolgeta:
Olgeta Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much. You really helped me. And sorry for my bad English. salmon heart bullet 
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:iconanniebeary:
AnnieBearY Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When i was trying to buy my first doll, there's options for body types. i don't really understand the difference (e.g. muse vs. pure?) And if i buy the doll and cloth and wigs on separate sites, how do i know the sizes? Thanks!
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can always find comparison photos on the internet, simply google the names and you should get plenty of photos if not even videos and discussion boards talking about it on doll forums. Same thing goes with clothes :) This is why sites like DoA are so helpful, because people will share where to buy clothes for specific body types. Good luck!
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:iconkittymitteh:
KittyMitteh Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
was i the only one cruely denied by my parents ; ^ ;
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My parents did not have the money to support this hobby either so I had to find a job and pay for it myself :) 
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KittyMitteh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
yeah thats true :) but sometimes i dig in the  attic and find  a doll that has the eyes print of and i try to make my own but it turns out bad XD 
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LoekazCharms Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As someone who has just rolled into this world, I have to say that your videos and FAQs have given me a very clear image of what is needed and how things are done :) Thank you so much! And of course, best of luck with your future projects <3
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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KPJ11 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello.. i just discovered you also paint vinyl and was so amazed. it inspired me so much..
i did try sealing vinyl and try using some faber castell watercolor pencil to repaint dollfies.. somewhat the brown and light pencil color doesn't really color the vinyl . it just doesn't show up like black pencil does.. do you have any tips..? *sorry if its been asked before*
thank you so much..
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Minerida Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry if you have answered this already but I just have to ask... I've done MH repaints using the same sealant, medium and pens as you do but can you remove that face-up with acetone? Btw, I love your work and the video you last uploaded was fantastic! Clap :happybounce: 
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes you can remove them the same way as you've removed the original factory paint :) 
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:iconminerida:
Minerida Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so good! Thanks for answering! I am a dummy! 
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SomethingOfMySyle Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
you are majestic
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:iconlopscotch:
Lopscotch Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if you've answered this already, forgive me if you have, but the gloves you use, to they particularly have to be fabric or can you use latex gloves as an alternative?
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use latex for sealing and fabric for painting since I hate when my hands get all sweaty in the latex ones.
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Lopscotch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see, but would it matter if you used latex gloves while painting? As in, would they smudge the faceup or will it be just fine besides the sweaty hand-ness :3
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they will definitely smudge the faceup if you rub or touch parts that are painted, but that will happen no matter what kind of gloves you use. The main reason why you want to use gloves is to make sure that you are not leaving any oily residue on the resin while working with paints, pastels and sealants. That way you prevent any potential fingerprints showing on the faceup or random stains that happen due to stuff sticking on the oily residue. 
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:iconlopscotch:
Lopscotch Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay then, thank you very much for answering my question x
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Lady-Jasmine Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I'm potentially a new owner/customizer and came here to read all of your FAQ's and I must say Thank you so much for all of the work that you have done. Its very refreshing and informative to be able to read all about your process and everything.

You are a great artist and thank you for all the great information that you offer all of us. I for one appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Have a great da!
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much <3
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yourstruelyX Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student General Artist
i've been looking for a place to get eyelashes for bjds and I really like the lashes that you use. They're really pretty
So i was wondering if I can know where you get them??
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Try Leekeworld, they sell quite a nice variety of eyelashes
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yourstruelyX Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you!
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darkmoore05 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Hi!
I saw in your Q&A vid that you said you use the watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell and Derwent. After obsessively watching your vids over and over again (and wondering why your white pencil seems to be working so much better than mine XD ) I got a glimpse at you using "Polychromos" pencils in a vid (or possibly more than one). I just wanted to make sure that I didn't misinterpret/look wrong and ask you if it's safe to use "normal" pencils on Monster Highs. (I do understand Resin apparently needs to be handled differently, I'm really only talking about MH dolls or other vinyl dolls) Your vids are very inspirational and your work is so very beautiful - you are truly talented. 
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:iconandreja:
AndrejA Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as you use your sealant correctly and make sure that you coat the head multiple times before painting, it should be fine :)
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wingsofanime Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
How did you first became involved in doing the bjd make ups?
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