Clockwork Butterfly BJDs

Clockwork Butterfly BJDs

is creating Ball jointed dolls and tutorials on how to make them

5

patrons

$14

per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to make your own ball jointed doll, whether you were considering it as a serious option or were just curious as to how they're made, you know how hard it is to learn much of anything about the subject!

While with enough perseverance it's possible to find out how a OOAK doll is made, the process of creating a prototype suitable for reproduction as well as the production process itself remain a mystery. Everyone who's ever attempted to actually make and produce a doll knows just how big of a headache trying to learn about prototyping and casting is.  It feels like the world is against you, and whenever you try to spy anything on websites devoted to either sculpting or model making or casting you quickly come to the conclusion that you'll have to pry the information from their cold, dead hands...

I aim to make the craft of BJD making open to everyone! The main focus, and the content that will be made availble for free, to everyone, are video tutorials that will guide you through two general subjects: making a successful prototype and production of a BJD. For my Patreons I'll offer further help and guidance, as well as some physical gifts!

The tutorials I have planned currently are:

PROTOTYPING
  • materials overview - various sculpting materials and their usefullness for the BJD artist
  • material reviews I - all about air-hardening clays
  • material reviews II - all about polymer clays
  • material reviews III - all about epoxy clays, homemade clays and others
  • design/jointing - the engineering part of designing a doll
  • cores - how and what to make them with so that your doll can be molded
  • balls - effective ways to get and make balls for joints
  • priming - what, why, and do I really have to?
  • cost-effectiveness tips - how to make a prototype without selling a kidney
  • tools - what you're gonna need and how to use it
  • shopping list - what you need to buy and how much it's gonna cost you
PRODUCTION
  • all about resin - what it is, how you use it and how not to let it kill you slowly
  • all about silicone - how to make the pink goo cooperate and why is it so darn expensive
  • vocabulary - in order to actually buy supplies and do your own research you need to know these
  • basics of molds - basic principles that allow the molding and casting process to happen
  • constructing a mold - multiple parts, seamlines, build-ups and all that stuff
  • how to - practical skills of pouring, mixing and demolding things
  • shopping list - what you need to buy and how much it's gonna cost you



This list can, and very much WILL be expanded in the future, and more tutorials will be added as you request them!

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
This is the entry level pledge!

You get access to a private message board where you can get advice and help from both me and other Patreons

You also get -5% on any one of my DIY doll bases as soon as they become availble
Pledge $2 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

You get access to text+pictures versions of all my video tutorials

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 10%!
Pledge $5 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

You get to see the text+pictures versions BEFORE the video tutorials are filmed, comment on them and ask questions, and have your feedback incorporated into the video tutorials once they are filmed

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 15%!
Pledge $10 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

You're granted access to the restricted part of the message board, where you get to set up a personal thread where I will answer all of your questions personally

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 20%!
Pledge $15 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
only 60 left
all of the above plus+

At this point I give you my skype and you're free to ask me all your questions. Within reason (time zones and other time restraints, but I promise I will do my best to be availble as much as possible~!) I'll be happy to text, voice and video call with you to help out with your projects! This way you can not only get your inquiries answered fast, but also get a look at that tricky four part mold live and exactly from the angle you needed :) 

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 30%!
Pledge $20 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get things done for you! Who doesn't like that? For this amount I will gladly take on the task of planning and designing your molds! Just photograph the parts you're having trouble with and in return you'll get detailed instructions on how to best tackle the challenge of molding the thing.

You'll also get an example two-part (sandwich or core) mold in the mail so you can get some hands-on experience before you risk any of your precious doll parts

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 50%!


Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!
Pledge $20 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get things done for you! Who doesn't like that? For this amount I will gladly take on the task of planning and designing your molds! Just photograph the parts you're having trouble with and in return you'll get detailed instructions on how to best tackle the challenge of molding the thing.

If you can't provide a mailing address for the reward above, choose this one instead. What will you get, I don't know, but it'll be something that can be emailed ;) Some examples I can think of are full size charts with jointing designs or exclusive photographs of the inner workings of my projects. We'll get in touch and settle on something you'll be happy with~!

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 50%!


Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!
Pledge $25 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get more work off your back! Tired of hours of research? Intimidated by numbers? Or maybe you just don't have the time for these simple things? Doesn't matter, I'll gladly do the research for you and provide you with a ready to go shopping list for your personal doll project. I can take care of picking out materials and tools, calculate the amounts you need and even provide you with links to online store pages so that all you need to do is click "buy" (and maybe pay. yeah you better do that too ;P) And let's be honest here nobody likes to pay more than they have to, right? Don't worry, I'll be happy to take finances into account while compiling the list for you!

You'll also get an example multi-part mold of your choice in the mail so you can get some hands-on experience before you risk any of your precious doll parts

You can now get one of my DIY doll bases for free! (as soon as they become availble)

Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!
Pledge $25 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get more work off your back! Tired of hours of research? Intimidated by numbers? Or maybe you just don't have the time for these simple things? Doesn't matter, I'll gladly do the research for you and provide you with a ready to go shopping list for your personal doll project. I can take care of picking out materials and tools, calculate the amounts you need and even provide you with links to online store pages so that all you need to do is click "buy" (and maybe pay. yeah you better do that too ;P) And let's be honest here nobody likes to pay more than they have to, right? Don't worry, I'll be happy to take finances into account while compiling the list for you!

If you can't provide a mailing address for the reward above, choose this one instead. What will you get, I don't know, but it'll be something that can be emailed ;) Some examples I can think of are full size charts with jointing designs or exclusive photographs of the inner workings of my projects. We'll get in touch and settle on something you'll be happy with~!

You can now get one of my DIY doll bases for free! (as soon as they become availble)


Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to make your own ball jointed doll, whether you were considering it as a serious option or were just curious as to how they're made, you know how hard it is to learn much of anything about the subject!

While with enough perseverance it's possible to find out how a OOAK doll is made, the process of creating a prototype suitable for reproduction as well as the production process itself remain a mystery. Everyone who's ever attempted to actually make and produce a doll knows just how big of a headache trying to learn about prototyping and casting is.  It feels like the world is against you, and whenever you try to spy anything on websites devoted to either sculpting or model making or casting you quickly come to the conclusion that you'll have to pry the information from their cold, dead hands...

I aim to make the craft of BJD making open to everyone! The main focus, and the content that will be made availble for free, to everyone, are video tutorials that will guide you through two general subjects: making a successful prototype and production of a BJD. For my Patreons I'll offer further help and guidance, as well as some physical gifts!

The tutorials I have planned currently are:

PROTOTYPING
  • materials overview - various sculpting materials and their usefullness for the BJD artist
  • material reviews I - all about air-hardening clays
  • material reviews II - all about polymer clays
  • material reviews III - all about epoxy clays, homemade clays and others
  • design/jointing - the engineering part of designing a doll
  • cores - how and what to make them with so that your doll can be molded
  • balls - effective ways to get and make balls for joints
  • priming - what, why, and do I really have to?
  • cost-effectiveness tips - how to make a prototype without selling a kidney
  • tools - what you're gonna need and how to use it
  • shopping list - what you need to buy and how much it's gonna cost you
PRODUCTION
  • all about resin - what it is, how you use it and how not to let it kill you slowly
  • all about silicone - how to make the pink goo cooperate and why is it so darn expensive
  • vocabulary - in order to actually buy supplies and do your own research you need to know these
  • basics of molds - basic principles that allow the molding and casting process to happen
  • constructing a mold - multiple parts, seamlines, build-ups and all that stuff
  • how to - practical skills of pouring, mixing and demolding things
  • shopping list - what you need to buy and how much it's gonna cost you



This list can, and very much WILL be expanded in the future, and more tutorials will be added as you request them!

Recent posts by Clockwork Butterfly BJDs

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
This is the entry level pledge!

You get access to a private message board where you can get advice and help from both me and other Patreons

You also get -5% on any one of my DIY doll bases as soon as they become availble
Pledge $2 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

You get access to text+pictures versions of all my video tutorials

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 10%!
Pledge $5 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

You get to see the text+pictures versions BEFORE the video tutorials are filmed, comment on them and ask questions, and have your feedback incorporated into the video tutorials once they are filmed

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 15%!
Pledge $10 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

You're granted access to the restricted part of the message board, where you get to set up a personal thread where I will answer all of your questions personally

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 20%!
Pledge $15 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
only 60 left
all of the above plus+

At this point I give you my skype and you're free to ask me all your questions. Within reason (time zones and other time restraints, but I promise I will do my best to be availble as much as possible~!) I'll be happy to text, voice and video call with you to help out with your projects! This way you can not only get your inquiries answered fast, but also get a look at that tricky four part mold live and exactly from the angle you needed :) 

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 30%!
Pledge $20 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get things done for you! Who doesn't like that? For this amount I will gladly take on the task of planning and designing your molds! Just photograph the parts you're having trouble with and in return you'll get detailed instructions on how to best tackle the challenge of molding the thing.

You'll also get an example two-part (sandwich or core) mold in the mail so you can get some hands-on experience before you risk any of your precious doll parts

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 50%!


Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!
Pledge $20 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get things done for you! Who doesn't like that? For this amount I will gladly take on the task of planning and designing your molds! Just photograph the parts you're having trouble with and in return you'll get detailed instructions on how to best tackle the challenge of molding the thing.

If you can't provide a mailing address for the reward above, choose this one instead. What will you get, I don't know, but it'll be something that can be emailed ;) Some examples I can think of are full size charts with jointing designs or exclusive photographs of the inner workings of my projects. We'll get in touch and settle on something you'll be happy with~!

Your discount for the DIY doll base of your choice is now 50%!


Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!
Pledge $25 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get more work off your back! Tired of hours of research? Intimidated by numbers? Or maybe you just don't have the time for these simple things? Doesn't matter, I'll gladly do the research for you and provide you with a ready to go shopping list for your personal doll project. I can take care of picking out materials and tools, calculate the amounts you need and even provide you with links to online store pages so that all you need to do is click "buy" (and maybe pay. yeah you better do that too ;P) And let's be honest here nobody likes to pay more than they have to, right? Don't worry, I'll be happy to take finances into account while compiling the list for you!

You'll also get an example multi-part mold of your choice in the mail so you can get some hands-on experience before you risk any of your precious doll parts

You can now get one of my DIY doll bases for free! (as soon as they become availble)

Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!
Pledge $25 or more per video tutorial (bi-weekly)
all of the above plus+

Get more work off your back! Tired of hours of research? Intimidated by numbers? Or maybe you just don't have the time for these simple things? Doesn't matter, I'll gladly do the research for you and provide you with a ready to go shopping list for your personal doll project. I can take care of picking out materials and tools, calculate the amounts you need and even provide you with links to online store pages so that all you need to do is click "buy" (and maybe pay. yeah you better do that too ;P) And let's be honest here nobody likes to pay more than they have to, right? Don't worry, I'll be happy to take finances into account while compiling the list for you!

If you can't provide a mailing address for the reward above, choose this one instead. What will you get, I don't know, but it'll be something that can be emailed ;) Some examples I can think of are full size charts with jointing designs or exclusive photographs of the inner workings of my projects. We'll get in touch and settle on something you'll be happy with~!

You can now get one of my DIY doll bases for free! (as soon as they become availble)


Please note that there are two almost identical rewards at this level. You get to pick ONE of them, depending on whether you prefer to get a physical gift or a digital one!