After spending a couple of gruelling weeks making and drying molds I'm about to start pouring the porcelain for my doll number two.. As I've never handled or even seen a porcelain BJD in person I am confused on how the wig magnet is attached to the porcelain doll head. Does it sit on the outside of the head or in the inside of the head..? If it goes on the outside does it sit on the head surface or is it embedded into the clay..?
If anyone can help with this that would be great..
More process photos will be uploaded over the next couple of days... I have all my fingers crossed that her joints will work properly this time..!
It seems to me there's no rule about the position of magnets; some artists glue them on the head, others will embed them in the porcelain - if you choose this option be careful to take the shrinking process into account. You can also choose to add two magnets for more stability of the wig. I use neither option as I prefer to leave the head intact. Strong magnets are glued inside the head.
Fawkes, thanks so much for that information.. I'm glad there is a way of attaching the magnets inside the head as I like the idea of sometimes leaving a doll without a wig. I've seem some magnets online that should be strong enough..
I have some of both sorts- my hard cap wigs are just as it says- very rigid, and tight fitting so a magnet is not really needed. I also have wigs that are still fitted to the dolls head, but are softer, and not rigid which have magnets to hold them more firmly in place. Both are made in a similar way. Neither are like the stretch wigs that are made by Monique for instance.
My sisterFox dolls have magnets glued to the inside of their heads, but I know some artists attach them to the outside, or inset them into the head(having pre-made an indent) after firing. Which ever way you do it, I think you need to do after this process, as very high temperatures can cause magnets to lose their magnetism.
Last Edit: May 11, 2015 21:54:39 GMT -8 by bibarina