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Yoshida Style Ball Jointed Doll Making Guide (Japanese Book)

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3 comments to Yoshida Style Ball Jointed Doll Making Guide (Japanese Book)

  • Theressa

    Great for learning even if you don’t read japanese Even though i have no understanding of japanese i find it quite easy to follow the instructions on how to construct the dolls. The pictures are clear and show step by step on how the dolls are made. It also shows how to paint, make eyes, a wig and shoes for the dolls and also has a wonderful gallery of dolls that have been made. The only thing that lets this book down apart from my lack of understanding japanese is that is does not go into the casting process. This is a beautiful book and very handy for those wishing to learn how to make their own jointed dolls.

  • K. Reed

    Get your hands dirty! First off there isn’t a single ball joint doll making book that will take the place of a “cheap Dollfie” if you immediately want a doll. This isn’t a weekend project and is going to cost around $100 for the supplies for your first attempt and if you’re not familiar with quality air dry clays, painting, ball joint doll mechanics, and the human form you may have to try and try again.There is no casting process involved as the “Yoshida method” is for air dry clay only and can be attempted by anyone, some things using sharp tools should be done by a grown up. You are making a true one of a kind doll not meant to be copied. Outside of the cabochons used for the eyes and a finish made of oyster shells you can find an equivalent of everything used in this book in the US. Most larger hobby shops and craft stores carry air dry stone clays, as do on line stores. Any decent acrylic paint and prep sealer and matte finish can do the trick.The text is in Japanese, and you can find a fan made translation on line, but there are so many step by step pictures that you can follow along and figure out what to do. The biggest thing is the way the “core” of the doll is made before applying the air dry clay to make the doll its self. Once you’ve got the hang of the “Yoshida method” you’ll find that deviating from it and adding things from other doll and figure making books, especially when it comes to joint mechanics, can be rewarding.Although this might be the first it is not the only nor the “best” book on this subject. Having owned no less than six of these, all with similar methods at their core, I’m a bit more partial to pointing beginners who need patterns to work from towards the “Alice book” with an Alice in Wonderland themed doll on the cover. Most people can get by with one or the other. The serious doll maker will want to look for and books by Susana Oroyan and Martha Armstrong-Hand to add to their library.

  • Deborah Appelman

    still one of the best on this subject For awhile this was one of the only books available on the subject of making your own ball jointed dolls and it is in Japanese. The pictures are good but some of the materials used are Japanese products and you are left wondering exactly what it is and if there are other similar substitutions that can be used. If you cannot get hold of the english translation for the book you may be left wondering about some of the instructions. The photos, though are quite good.

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