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Sophie

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 11, 2012, 6:04 PM
Okay this journal will tell you everything you need to know about my selfmade doll, Sophie:

Introducing Sophie by Loonaki

Inspiration and Start

I always loved dolls, of all kind. Then I discovered BJDs and thought they were so beautiful. I always wanted to have one, but couldn't afford it. The biggest impact on my wish to create a doll, though, was the wonderful, amazing doll-artist Marina Bychkova (Marina-B). I've been to one of her solo exhibitions at Strychnin Gallery Berlin a few years ago, and probably lost my soul to her beautiful dolls. And so it started. I planned, then forgot about making dolls, then planned again. Last winter, I finally made a very simple, small doll from polymer clay. And then, in spring, I made the decision to just start a more advanced doll. Since I've never done that before and I was afraid of fucking it up, I HEAVILY referenced the look of the body parts from Marina Bychkova's dolls. I hope she doesn't mind... Anyway, our joint work is entirely different, and so are the materials. (Also Sophie isn't looking anywhere near as enchanting as her dolls).

Materials and Joint Work

I just took the most obvious thing: polymer clay. It's easy to get, easy to work with and rather cheap in comparison to other materials. I also used wire (about 0.8mm I think) to form the clay around it. Also some masking tape to make the clay stick better to the wire. Her joints are a complicated system of wire ends, wire loops and strong, but thin, rubber bands connecting it all.  The rubber band I use is usually used to make jewellery, so it can be knotted and still doesn't rip or break.
For painting her body blush I used pastel chalks and for her face painting I used acrylics and clear nailpolish to make eyes and lips shine.
The wig is the only thing I didn't make myself. I bought it from here: www.dollmore.net/ (read later why I didn't make it)

Summing up:
- Fimo polymer clay in the color "flesh light" (maybe 5-6 packs of the 56g size)
- "modelling tools" such as a knitting needle, toothpicks, other needles
- wire (about 0.8mm)
- masking tape
- carving knives and sandpaper
- jewellery making rubber bands
- pastel chalk
- fluffy brush
- precise brush
- acrylic paints
- clear nail polish

Process

I didn't do much prior sketching but just started right off by making her hands. This was on March 14th 2012.

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I'll try a short explaination: I first cut out 10 little wire pieces and sculpted the fingers around them. Then I baked those, put them together with masking tape, then molded the palm around that and baked the finished hands. After the clay is cooled I always worked on the pieces with carving knives and sand paper (which is probably unhealthy for my lungs, but oh well...) to bring out the forms better and smoothen it all. Sometimes I also put another piece of clay onto the baked part and then baked it again, which works perfectly fine. So I build all the parts step by tiny step.

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half finished lower legs, you can see how rough and bumpy the surface is. Here are the legs finished:

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I first finished the limbs and then worked inwards on the body and head. I did that so I could form the joints in a way that they would fit together.
Finally, I worked on the head, which I started two times, because the first try looked horrible. Here is the progress:

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The last one is her already painted. I just blushed her face and body with powdered pastel chalks and a fluffy brush and painted her face with regular acrylic paints. The I put a coat of clear nail polish over the lips and eyes.
Until this point I spent over a month making her.

The Wig Fail
I really really wanted to make the wig myself. I bought fake hair clip-in extensions and cut them apart and artfully sewed them onto pieces of cloth.

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I did that for about a month (!!!) and didn't get much farther than on the picture above. And I still couldn't be sure that it would actually work out in the end, that it would fit, that it wouldn't be too heavy. So I finally gave up and ordered about the smallest doll wig I could find that still looked some kind of decent.

After that I started sewing her some clothes. Socks, underware, dresses. But this isn't technically a part of making her, so I'm not gonna talk about it here.

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What Sophie can and can't do

Sophie is not like a BJD. Her joints aren't stiff. She can't stand on her own and she can't hold her arms up on her own. But she is, in fact, able to keep her head up and sit without falling to her back.

Sophies video

To show the way she moves and how I make her pose, I filmed a video, which you can watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_8bFe…

Sophie FAQ

I will start her own FAQ here, so if you have any questions that weren't answered in the text above, feel free to ask and I'll update this journal with the answer.

• Is Sophie for sale?
- No, and she'll never be. (same with Daisy.)

•Will you make more dolls?
- I don't know yet. I'd love to.
I have. Daisy:
Introducing Daisy by Loonaki

•Will you take doll commissions?
- No, absolutely not.

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:iconsweetpopochan:
SweetPopochan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Es wäre cool, wenn du so eine Art Anleitung auf deutsch machen könntest. Vor allem interessiert mich, wie genau du die Teile verbunden hast. Du hast zwar geschrieben, was du gemacht hast, aber nicht wie. Oder ich habs nicht wirklich verstanden T_T
Jedenfalls sind deine Püppis wirklich super schön. Ich wünschte, ich könnte das auch. Kann mir nämlich auch keine von diesen teuren leisten.
Echt beneidenswert. Respekt. :)
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:icontreetrunk124:
Treetrunk124 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how did you connect her head to the neck?
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Same way I connected the limbs. Two wire loops, one in the neck and one in the head, connected by a thin rubber band.
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:iconwolfina13:
Wolfina13 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
How did you connect her limbs? Just string or?
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
With thin rubber bands.
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:iconwolfina13:
Wolfina13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Why isn't she more posable?
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:icondonotclimbonthisunit:
DoNotClimbOnThisUnit Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Did you seal her with anything once you were finished? I image the pastel would rub right off
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
No I didn't seal her with anything except on her eyes and lips. I used sandpaper on her skin, so it has a kind of rough surface. And the pastel actually stays more or less good on that. If I handle her carefully (which I'd do anyways) and don't rub off the pastel purposefully, it stays on.
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:iconrikurikuri:
rikurikuri Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's so beautiful! and the fact that she's almost? entirely hand made makes it even more precious. =)
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:iconstegashota:
Stegashota Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, after reading this I really want to try my hand at making dolls too, thank you!
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:iconstardust-thief:
Stardust-Thief Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
She looks wonderful, I hope you do make more dolls eventually! I specially love her face and hands, they are really pretty. What tools did you use to handle the clay? You worked the small details so good!
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
Knitting needle, toothpicks, other needles, all kinds of stuff I have lying around... and my hands. haha
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:iconaliceterrarium:
AliceTerrarium Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I was wondering, how are her limbs attached? I know you used wire, but how does the wire attach, did you wrap it around some of the clay, or loop it through holes?
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Two wire loops are always connected with rubberbands. :]
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:iconmusicalenvy:
MusicalEnvy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Sophie is absolutely beautiful. I love her to death, and now you've inspired me to give this a go. :heart:
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! ♥
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:iconarchihart:
ArchiHArt Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you just keep pushing yourself further Loonaki. I absolutely adore you creativity :3 <3 <3
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! ♥
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:iconblinkybell:
BlinkyBell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hats du einfach so rumprobiert oder hattest du nen tutporial dazu gefunden ?? :3 sie ist wirklich wunderschön geworden <3
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Naja, wie gesagt, hab ich als Referenz für die Teile Marina Bychkovas Puppen benutzt. Aber ein Tutorial nicht. :]
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:iconexcalababe:
Excalababe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
two questions... is all of her parts hallow, amd how did you keep the parts the same size?
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
No, her parts aren't hollow.
I just sculpted them in the same size. :shrug:
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:iconexcalababe:
Excalababe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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:iconshocka123:
shocka123 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That doll is so lovely looking. She looks absolutely beautiful and sweet. and that dress fit's her so well!
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :]
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:iconvi-anne:
vi-anne Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love your arts, and I think that's amazing what you are doing.
You are so talented, so creative and I can't express how I wonder you. You are someone to I look up. You are someone who gives me force to draw and paint and so on.
Sophie is beautiful and you are amazing to could made her!
I love BJD dolls and I can't afford to buy one, too. One day I want to make one, like you. You gave and give me force to it. I hope I will can.:)
Best wishes!:hug:
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this! :hug:
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:iconvi-anne:
vi-anne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome!:hug:
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:icontheartofmuffin:
TheArtOfMuffin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
she has my name, that makes her even more awesome!
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:iconcarreauline:
Carreauline Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Das ist wundervoll!!! DIese kleinen Hände sind absolut schön *_*
Und ich liebe ihr Gesicht! Es sieht toll aus!
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Danke! :D
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:iconreneedelagee:
ReneeDeLaGee Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mg that you did that all yourself
you made a lovely doll
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrojalmia:
RojalMia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Sophie is absolutely stunning! I could never imagine making something so wonderful on a first try!
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :]
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:iconriicreations:
Riicreations Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
This journal entry was truly amazing :heart:
Im astonished at how inventive and resourcefully talented you are, you doll is simply stunning and I love her even more know how much work was placed into her and all the research and back story to hoe she come to be. I admire you soo much your talented in soo many ways and your skills never fail to amaze me

Cant wait to see more of what you do!!!
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconsakuyayoru:
SakuyaYoru Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, this is a very interesting form of art. :)
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
it is. ♥
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:iconsakuyayoru:
SakuyaYoru Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cute, I love it.
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:icondanavia:
Danavia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
She looks really beautiful! BJD are so hauntingly enchanting, I think you did a great job :)
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbaberscamille:
baberscamille Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, that's your first doll? Very impressive, it's hard to work with such small parts :)
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcercueil-de-fleurs:
cercueil-de-fleurs Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
She is a gorgeous doll! Did you make her from your own method, or did you follow some sort of tutorial?
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:iconloonaki:
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
As I said, I referenced the shapes of the body parts off Marina Bychkovas dolls, but for the technique of making her (like the skulpting process and the joint work) I didn't use any tutorial. I read the tip with the masking tape somewhere online, though.
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:iconblaknite:
Blaknite Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
She is very cute
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