Please post links to tutorials here! I'll add them to the top list and keep it organized.
Forums The Joint: Forum dedicated to making BJDs. Many artists are making resin dolls, but some are doing porcelain, and many of the methods are the same. You need to join to view threads, but it's worth it! Very cool place. Enchanted Doll Forum, Doll Creation: Many people have made threads showing how they developed their own dolls. There is also a list of tutorials compiled in this thread. It's similar to our own workshop.
Books Learning to Be a Doll Artist by Martha Armstrong-Hand -If you happen to live in New York, you can read a copy of Martha Armstrong-Hand's book Learning to Be a Doll Artist (but you have to keep it in the library) -You can also buy the book, but as it is out of print it can be quite expensive.
I added some tutorials! Most interesting to me were the Woodland Earth Studio tutorials, including the one that shows Martha Armstrong Hand's method (similar to that of Enchanted Doll artist Marina Bychkova, or so it is rumored).
Also, I think everyone should check out the Assembling section so you know what to do if your steel sprung doll comes apart. This happened to me once when changing feet, yikes!
Wow this is interesting I learned all my skills in a 2 hour talk from a ceramist and her explanation was a lot different. Probably because she's more of a tableware maker. I do a lot of things very different then 'real' doll artist >.<
I sand after the parts air dried right out of the mold, 4 times, each time a finer grit. Then I color, partly with watered down slip where I put in pigment and also with glaze on a brush and glaze out of the airbrush. Then all parts go in the oven, just one time in about 8/10 hours ( really need to time it once) I bake to 1240 degrees celcius. Then I only need to assemble. I'm geussing the finer and more complicated coloring is more easy to do when you fire multiple times. I never realised you could do that and developed my own way of coloring to accomodate the 1 time firing. Also my coloring is so minimal because I want it to fit my style, I want my work to be about the sculpting and not about the color.
Thank you ^^ I sculpt on a solid core, I use wax for sculpting, every ceramist I spoke with tried to convince me there were better materials but I like how it sculpts. Only the mold making is more difficult because you need to make sure there won't stay any wax behind in the molds.
Yes but I think poured carving wax is harder then the wax I use, as soon as you kneaded the wax it becomes softer (until it has been hot and cooled down again) Especially when she does a test stringing with it, it must be sturdy. My figure is solid core but soft at the same time so I can't do a test stringing until after I baked the first pieces With every time a doll goes into the oven I try to improve the placement of the holes.
It is not specific to dolls or china painting, but it did help me visualize the shading and colors of the eye. I had not considered shading in the shadow of the eyelashes. Now that I am paying attention to it, I see Enchanted Dolls and some others have this shadow. I think ur definitely adds to the "aliveness" of the eye.
Thank you for taking the time to post this information allurose- some of these I am familiar with, but it is fantastic to have this resource all in one place and so easy to find!! I like to know how things fit together, so you can possibly repair yourself if a situation arises!!