I’ve gotten some questions about BJDs lately, and I wanted to show you a little more about them. Ball Jointed Dolls are cast in resin, and the faces and hands are painted with non-oil based pigment. The resin can be any number of different colours, but white or very pale is the most common because it is easiest for companies to get the formula correct.
People tend to ask about how ball jointed dolls are put together, so these three pictures belong to Iplehouse as part of the informational pamphlet which comes with the doll when you receive it directly from the company. Other doll companies include similar pamphlets specific to the joint structures and stringing methods of their own dolls. (‘Joint structures’ refers to the shape of the dolls joints, which allow the dolls to pose in certain ways and not pose in other ways, while ‘stringing methods’ refers to where you string the elastic which holds the doll’s pieces together) If you click on any of the images in this post, you can see them larger.
The photographs below are of my Iplehouse JID Leona. The first one is to show you what her size is- her head fits in the palm of my hand. Ball jointed dolls come in a very wide variety of sizes, anywhere from about three feet tall to being small enough to fit the whole doll in the palm of your hand, as you can see in the last image.
The eyes are entirely removable, and as you can see they come in all different colours and shapes. All of these are the same size because my two dolls are both the same size, but they come in a wide variety of sizes, as you can see in the third image. I have one set of acrylic eyes and a number of glass eyes, as you can see below (the ones on the far left are acrylic), but there are a few other types of eyes as well like silicone.
Kiriex on Youtube has a pretty good comparison video, in which you can see the difference between dolls from different companies.
If you have any questions about BJDs, please feel free to ask in the comments. If I don’t know the answer already, I will do some research and find out for you.
Kiriex on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/kireix?feature=watch
Image of Fairyland Minifee Chloe with the face-up: http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/free-shiping-fairyland-minifee-chloe-fl-bjd-doll/409736_529337464.html