Ball Joint Doll, Custom Dolls

Continuing to work on the balls for the joints. I used a pencil to draw a line around the center of the ball, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then I drew a  small reference line to make it easier to join the halves back together. Then I cut open each ball with an Exacto knife and removed the cores to hollow them out.

Using slip (which you make by taking any shavings or sanding dust from your sculpture and putting it in a jar with a little water that you leave until it softens and becomes the consistence of paste) I jointed the halves of the balls back together. It’s okay if the balls are not perfectly round since half of the ball is going to go into the leg or arm joint that you are working on. Once you secure the ball in place you only have to smooth out the half that fits into the socket.

Lastly for the day I sanded the ears on the head. Next will be getting the leg joints to work.

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