Non-permanent Tunnel or Gouge Piercing BJD Modification

OMFG, so sorry folks I’ve neglected to update this blog for so long!
I am more active on Instagram these days.

Anyway! I thought I would show you how I’ve made this BJD mod of a tunnel/gouge/gauche/plug (I actually have no idea what it’s called!) earring/piercing on my doll. Please note that this modification does not involve altering the sculpt in any way and can be completely reversed.

Tutorial - BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

There are several methods of doing this, the more popular one is perhaps using an epoxy based clay and sculpt an actual earlobe extension using it. The good thing about epoxy is that you can sculpt directly on the ear and it hardens by way of chemical reaction even if you sculpt under water. You can also sand and carve and even attach more clay on top once it is hard. If you want to go down this path, I suggest using the Miliput Superfine in white. However, I was concerned that I would have a hard time getting rid of the epoxy clay once it’s on as that stuff is pretty strong. I would need to scrape it off and in the process I may accidentally scrape the actual head. A method my friend Elfgutz suggested to take off epoxy is to heat it up using heat gun, but I haven’t tried this yet so I don’t know (*to experiment on another day).

So what I did was pretty simple. I owe this to LifeLike81, itsfansea and pocketsizedvampirepandah who helped discussed and showed me the idea.

Step 1: It’s preferable to do this modification BEFORE you paint the faceup on. But it is possible to do it after as well. I used an eyelet for the tunnel/gouge earring. It’s cheap and pretty easy to get 🙂

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 2: Take a sculpey clay and mold the earlobe around the gouge. You may want to mix your clay into a colour that is quite close to your resin’s colour but please be mindful that some clay may darken a bit after they are baked. I used 2 brands of clay: Kato Clay in “white” and Sculpey Living Doll in whatever default colour they have. I mixed it in a ratio of 1 white+2 flesh, this for some reason seemed to match my Venitu pretty well, who is in Oriental Pureskin colour.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 3: Once I had like an earlobe shape I basically stuck this onto my doll’s ear and continued to refine the shape. I didn’t cover the ear with glad wrap plastic because I wanted to get the shape to fit as close as possible. I didn’t use any corn starch powder either like some people have done, but instead to stop it from sticking onto the ear I just used a bit of water (I wet the side of the ear that it’s going to go on and this seems to prevent the clay from sticking too well to the resin). Also I stuck this several times in the fridge as I sculpt along. Cooling the clay hardens it a bit so it helps me keep the shape when I don’t want my fingers pushing too much on it.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 4: Once I got the desired shape, I removed it from the ear and carefully placed my ear piece on a loose tile. Let any excess water dry then I baked the clay for about 10 minutes at 150 degrees (fan forced oven).

Oh I also made several pieces so I have some to choose from.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 5: Then quite simply, I used PVA or Wood glue to stick the earpiece to the doll head. You may notice that the lobe hangs a bit low, but that’s because as part of my character design (he wears a specific type of piercing, some bullshit symbols that only mean something to him yadda yadda yadda — I don’t know) I am having double earrings on that lobe so I need all that space above the gouge.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

I used the glue to not just stick the lobe on, but also to fill in the gap between it and the doll’s real ear, kind of like mortaring bricks?

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 6: Once the glue was dried and I reached quite a good seal, I covered the metal piece with craft tac (see below). This is so when I do my faceup, I don’t end up spraying the metal with my sealant.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Here it is midway during the faceup painting. The metal is nicely protected from any spraying.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

And we’re done! Because I couldn’t find anything that suited, I made the “X” earring above it out of a black cardboard which I glazed with gloss after I cut it into the shape I wanted.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

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Non-permanent Tunnel or Gouge Piercing BJD Modification

Faceup etc.

Recently worked on a Dollshe Amanda Beauty for a client:

If you’re interested in this doll, please check out the maker’s store: www.dollshecraft.com – If you want to see some of my faceup works, it’s just here: http://ruggedrealism.wordpress.com

Recently, I’ve had a few people tell me that they recognise my style when they see my work. Whoa…??? Really? I don’t think I have any particular style O_o ? I tend not to think about these things too much because when I get a job, I just read what the client wants and just concentrate on doing the best I can to meet their needs without worrying about what I like or developing a signature style or whatnot.

To be honest, I freaked out a bit when I received this head:

And all I could think about was… homg, how to paint this? I got no ideaaaaaaa………. By the way I freak out like this with all my projects. I just never know what to do, but yeah, too late!! I’ve accepted the job and I gotta make it work T__T…

Anyway, I’m really digging Dollshe’s new Rey Lewis man:

Homg…. I really really want to paint this head, similar to what I’ve done for the Amanda, a bit of freckles, and some heavyset eyebrows. Will someone please commission me? T__T….

Faceup etc.

Painting Etc…

For so many years I’ve always done my lower eyelashes with water colour pencils. I’ve known other people paint theirs, but I don’t know why I never bothered trying, probably because I never thought I could handle a brush. But yesterday thanks to Botflybaby’s encouragement I’ve decided to pick up a damn brush and just bloody learn how to paint them because I’d like to get nice thin crisp straighter lines.

I’m actually quite surprised how much less daunting painting actually was. It’s just one of those things in life that looks bloody hard but if you just spend a bit of time, you can do it. These are obviously not perfect and still rough, I’ve still got a long way to go but this painting method is wayyy better than water colour pencils for me at least because (1) I can now do white eyelashes yay, (2) I can make longer lashes and (3) it takes less time to do than the pencils.

I haven’t had a lot of time practising but I’ve discovered a few things fairly early in the process:
(1) For brow hair and eyelashes only, acrylic paint is better than water colour & gouache because it is less watery/runny and it’s more elastic due to the plastic binders, therefore lines can be dragged longer. It’s also great because you can do really translucent colours.
(2) Have 2 kinds of applicator brush: a rigger (or a liner) in the smallest size possible to do the actual painting of the lines, and a short brush to take off mistakes. I use size 20/0 being the smallest I could find.
(3) If I make a mistake I can: use the magic sponge to erase or an actual pencil eraser! Now isn’t that cool? Yes a normal pencil eraser can erase a completely dried acrylic paint.
(4) Some sort of time delay medium is a MUST have. Acrylic paint dries very quickly. I use the Jo Sonja’s “Retarder” and “Flow Medium”.
(5) Use a wrist pad. Do not hold anything mid-air. I use a rolled up hand towel to rest my wrist so I can flick my fingers easier.
(6) In this particular case I must say it’s worth to invest in more expensive better quality paint. The first experiment I did was just using Semco brand, which is like 50 cents a tube. It’s nasty, the paint is clumpy and can’t flow very well what a pain. Then I bought these Jo Sonja’s acrylic for like $5 a tube and WOW what a wooooorrrrlld of difference. It makes me think like why the hell didn’t I try painting eyelashes earlier??

When it comes to art, I guess your tools matter just as much as your skills.

Painting Etc…