Customizable Dolls Grand Rapids MI

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Mary Jo's Enchanted Doll Clst
(616) 243-0403
857 Maxwell Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Hopschotch Childrens Store
(616) 233-4008
958 Lake Dr Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Minds in Motion
(616) 363-8434
5258 Plainfield Ave Ne Ste B
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Valueland
(616) 257-5232
1701 Porter St Sw
Wyoming, MI
 
Suburban Five Ten
(616) 532-7198
815 36th St Sw
Wyoming, MI
 
Pooh's Corner
(616) 942-9887
1886 1/2 Breton Rd Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Creative Learning Toys
(616) 975-9019
1200 E Paris Ave Se Ste 3
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Debby Company
(616) 364-7660
3170 Plainfield Ave Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Rider's Hobby Shop
(616) 247-9933
2055 28th St Se Ste 12
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(616) 949-8011
4250 28th St Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 

Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners - Customization

Written by Alison Rasmussen   
So you’re new to BJDs. Want to know the history behind customization, and what you need to get started? Let me help.
Anya, blushed and sueded, wearing a DollZone wig in pink. So you’re new to BJDs. Want to know the history behind customization, and what you need to get started? Let me help.

A brief history
  • In the late 19th century, German and French doll makers used ball joints in bisque dolls.
  • They showed up in Japanese art dolls in 1930.
  • It wasn’t until 1999 that Volks created Dollfie, geared towards female collectors, in a Garage Kit. The doll came unstrung and blank, for the ultimate customizing experience. Super Dollfie followed in 2000.
More than basic supplies

Assuming you have an assembled doll, and the basic supplies I’ve already recommended:
  • Resin primer and sealer. Think quality. My favorite is Mr. Superclear.  You’ll have to buy this from a dealer, such as the Junky Spot . I’ve tried Testor’s DullCote, and it works well for faces and small areas, and it’s easier to find. But as a less-experienced user, I find it attracts dirt more easily than MSC.
  • Chalk pastels and/or watercolor pencils. These don’t have to be professional, but be sure nothing is oil-based. Square scrapbooking pastels tend to be too flakey.
  • Gloss sealer of your choice. This is necessary for adding a shiny finish to eyes, nails or lips. Liquitex gloss medium is nice, or you can spend $2 on Tamiya from Volks .
  • High quality brushes. ...

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Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners - Terminology

Written by Alison Rasmussen   
Thinking about entering the ball-jointed world? Don’t hesitate, and don’t be intimidated by the “fragility” of resin. If a klutz like me can collect resin BJDs, so can you!
Peak's Woods Sky, white skin. Wig by Michele Hardy. Thinking about entering the ball-jointed world? Don’t hesitate, and don’t be intimidated by the “fragility” of resin. If a klutz like me can collect resin BJDs, so can you! Whenever you enter a new hobby, it’s good to do some research--and ball-jointed dolls are a little different from fashion or antique dolls. I’ll start this series of posts on the terminology of ball-jointed dolls--and really, these are the bare bones basics from a beginning collector. You can learn from my mistakes!
First, the terms of the trade:
Ball-jointed doll usually refers to any doll that is strung with elastic and “articulated with ball and socket joints,” according to Wikipedia . Many collectors have definite opinions as to what makes a “true” BJD--it must be cast in resin, for example, or it must have articulated elbows and knees. But for my purposes, I’ll use Wiki’s first line definition.
Resin is a polyurethane plastic. It’s very hard, but can be breakable when dropped.
Most BJDs come with interchangeable wigs and acrylic or glass eyes, which allows for easy customization. In addition, dolls are available as “basic” (nude or in basic underwear) or as a “full set,” which includes an outfit, wig and often face-up.
Face-up refers to the ...

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