Painting Faceup Dollshe Arsene

Wow it’s official! The Dollshe Arsene is my most favourite doll. The face shape is very pleasing and versatile, you can turn him into a sweet character or a mature character. The resin from Dollshe is the best to paint and it’s available in so many different colours.

I hope to paint a hundred of them. That’s right, 100 Arsene faces!! Lol… I don’t know if it can be possible, but I can dream…

For now I’d just like to share with you all two that I’ve painted so far… (98 more to go!)

In Copper Oriental – Doll belongs to Frederic Butz:

Faceup Commission for Frédéric

Faceup Commission for Frédéric

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Painting Faceup Dollshe Arsene

Sculpting BJD Head – Part 1

I was given this pack of Das paper clay about 5 years ago and I’ve never really done anything with it other than prop my desk lol. So one day when I was bored I tinkered with it and tried to make a doll head. These pics are several weeks ago before I stuffed up my hand.

The first thing I did was used my Dollshe Saint Old Hound Body as a reference for size. I’ve stuck his torso part onto a box so I can turn it around while I work on the head because I didn’t have a lazy susan. Then I used a balsa wood stick which I wrapped with some foil to give me a ‘head start’ (still with the bad puns I’m sorry!)

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Sculpting BJD Head – Part 1

The Chive Cart (DIY Spray Box)

This is the Chive Cart. My homemade portable disposable spraying booth.

Most of the problems associated with sealing sprays occur during the action of spraying itself. If there is a lot of moisture in the air (which can also be brought about by cold temperature) during those few seconds while you release the spray, it can get trapped underneath your sealant layer which causes the layer to later crack, craze or chip.

Staying indoor, at least during the spraying action, allows me to control my room temperature, source of lighting and I do not have to deal with annoying wind which can cause dust and other particles to get sprayed onto the doll as well. However, I needed a way to encapsulate all that toxic fumes I am about to be spraying.

The idea of using a spray booth for this purpose is definitely not new, but thought I’d show you one I made out of am archive box:

This is the Chive Cart. My homemade portable disposable spraying booth. This is the Chive Cart. My homemade portable disposable spraying booth. by H. Holz, on Flickr

I chose this box because it’s not too big and has handles on the sides for portability.

Below is a second version of the spray boxy: I’ve cut out the arm holes at differing heights. Because of the way I hold my spray bottle, I just find this position more comfortable.

This is the Chive Cart. My homemade portable disposable spraying booth.

Here is me putting my spray boxy to use: Video . Firstly, KEEP YOUR RESPIRATOR ON AT ALL TIMES. Right after i finish spraying, i wait a few minutes until the sealant layer settles and solidifies a bit, then i gently place the head on the tissue i got inside the box, take both of my hands out and carry the box by the handle outside of the house. Only when I’m outside, I open the lid of the box to take my doll head out. While i’m out there, i let my boxy air so the fumes dissipate (fanning it helps), sometimes i wipe the inside of the box too to get rid off the sealant that has stuck to the sides. I then put the lid back down and take everything back inside the house. If I need to do another spraying, I repeat this process but start with being outside when I place the object inside of the box, then bring the box inside and wait until the temperature of the air inside the box matches my indoor condition before I begin spraying again.

Another Video showing the two designs.

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The Chive Cart (DIY Spray Box)

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

Non-permanent Tunnel or Gouge Piercing BJD Modification