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    Books For BJD Makers

    Pop Sculpture: How To Create Action Figures And Collectible Statues.
    Tim Bruckner, Zach Oat and Rubén Procopio.
    NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010.
    ISBN: 978-0-8230-9522-3
    272 pages.
    In-Print. Currently Available.
    Does not cover BJDs specifically, but has detailed information about sculpting
    in wax, molding in silicone rubber molds, and casting in polyurethane resin.
    Covers using a pressure pot, and working with an electric wax pen.
    From concept drawings to photographing the finished figure, this book fills
    the gap that has been missing up until now, about working in PU resin.

    Zen & The Art Of Articulating Dolls By Using Balljoints.
    Copyright 2007Therese Olsen.
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
    Download Workshop Notes PDF
    This 25 page PDF booklet by twigling is absolutely the best joint design information there is.

    Yoshida Style Ball Jointed Doll Making Guide.
    Ryo Yoshida.
    Tokyo, Japan: Hobby Japan, 2006.
    138 pages.
    ISBN 978-4-89425-460-2
    In-Print. Currently available. Japanese Language text.
    One of the most detailed photo tutorials about making a BJD in air-dry clay.
    This book does not cover mold making of any kind. It does have information
    about making wigs and making shoes. There is an English translation of
    the Japaneses text, from members of Den of Angles forum available.

    Learning To Be A Doll Artist: An Apprenticeship With Martha Armstrong-Hand.
    Martha Armstrong-Hand.
    Livonia, MI: Scott Publications, 1999.
    ISBN: 1-893625-04-4
    138 pages.
    Out-of-Print. Currently unavailable. Re-print date unknown.
    Detailed tutorials from concept drawings, to photographing the finished BJD.
    This book has plaster mold making information, as well as information about
    kiln firing porcelain, china painting, making clothing, making wigs, making shoes,
    and photographing the finished porcelain doll.

    Creating Original Porcelain Dolls: Modeling, Molding, And Painting.
    Hildegard Günzel.
    Cumberland, MD: Hobby House Press, 1988.
    111 pages.
    ISBN: 0-87588-339-7
    Out-Of-Print. Currently Available through used book vendors.
    This book is not about making a BJD, but has very good tutorials about
    sculpting hands, feet, and head, as well as plaster molding, and china
    painting information.

    Plaster Mold And Model Making.
    Charles Chaney and Stanley Skee.
    NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977.
    144 pages.
    ISBN: 0-442-21511-8
    Out-Of-Print. Currently Available through used book vendors.
    This book is all about making plaster molds. Very detailed.

    Please add your favorite BJD making book to this list.
    Last edited by kwmelvin; April 25th, 2011 at 01:17 AM. Reason: updated

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    The updated URL for twigling's Zen book....

    Zen & The Art Of Articulating Dolls By Using Balljoints.
    Copyright 2007Therese Olsen.
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
    Download Workshop Notes PDF
    This 25 page PDF booklet by twigling is absolutely the best joint design information there is.

    twigling is asking that you sign-up to get the booklet now, but by signing-up, you also get subscribed to her very nice monthly newsletter (which you can unsubscribe from, if you do not want it).

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    finally got my hands on Martha's book *_* super excited and this list is great
    Love Luna

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