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Face Up

Updated on May 18, 2012

The Fine Art Of Ball Jointed Dolls

Face Up is a term used primarily by artists who customize the faces of ball jointed dolls.

Ball jointed dolls (BJDs) such as my Dollfie head you see at the left, may be found unpainted, unsculpted, and/or wigless.

Ball jointed dolls come from many sources, and are highly desirable by many collectors due to their uniqueness.

The purpose of this page is to provide face up links and information to assist fellow artists and collectors.

About The Face Up Mascot

The Head Of A Dollfie

My mascot icon above is a Dollfie head made of soft vinyl. Doll heads are usually sold separate from the body, as this lends to total customization by the artist. There are many types and scales of ball jointed dolls. Heads also come in different sculpts. The doll bodies are generally gender specific, with the artist or collector having the choice of purchasing a child body or an adult body form in various sizes.

Ball jointed dolls may be purchased from manufacturers, or a doll artist who hand sculpts their own ball jointed doll from scratch. Ball jointed dolls are made from many different materials such as porcelain, resin, ceramic, polymer, and paper mache.

The best way to learn about a doll is to purchase one. I purchased a Dollfie head to learn about the material it was made of, and to understand its construction. The Dollfie head above is made from a soft plastic, and has a rough face up. What you see is exactly as I received it.The back of the head is carved around the skull hairline. The eyes are carved openings to allow the artist to insert glass, plastic, or other eyes. This enables the artist or collector to change the eyes at will, if so desired. The doll's look may be changed dramatically with the use of various wigs, as re-rooting for this type of doll is impractical for changing the eyes or overall look of the doll.

No two dolls are exactly alike. BJDs are usually hand painted, hand sanded, hand sculpted, etc. Ball jointed dolls can be found as simple as being jointed at the elbows or knees to being ball jointed so complex that their wrists, ankles, and fingers are jointed to allow for a pose as close as humanly possible.

Face Up Tutorial - Face Up With A Little Help From YouTube

The artist below provides you step by step details on how to paint an eye brow on a dollfie head. Lots of helpful tips here.

Hujoo Wings 26cm Ball Jointed Doll Fleshtone Open Eye

Examples of Ball Jointed Dolls on Amazon

Many artists who enjoy working with ball jointed dolls begin with a blank canvas. Below are a few examples of what can be found on Amazon.

Ball Jointed Dolls Books On Amazon

Below are a few hand picked items that you may find informative and interesting.

A special thanks to Serenety of VikisFinds for her inspiration. The purpose of this page is to help and enlighten those who are interested in the art of creating one of a kind dolls. We hope you found information about the Face Up helpful, and welcome you to share your information and links here.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit.

Time To Face Up . . .

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      mouse1996 lm 

      5 years ago

      Very informative lens and pretty dolls.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, these are some interesting dolls.

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      shahedashaikh 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for blessing my lens.

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      Andy-Po 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. These dolls look very detailed and well made.

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      Lisa 

      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      wow a wonderful talent and informative lens thanks for sharing 5 *s

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a great presentation. lovely page. thanks for sharing

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Nice work on your lens and information on dolfie heads. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very interesting lens. It is an art creating these dolls. 5 stars.

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