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Snowrose Briar by Sleetwealth Snowrose Briar by Sleetwealth
This is Briar, my first original BJD. I molded her myself and cast in resin. The master was sculpted in 2005
She was excepted by Atleir nouveau (Dollfair) in 2008 for production and in now available as a limited edition.


She is 14" wears a 8mm glass eye
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QNAMAN Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
creepy. perfes for horror ;-)
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tomboyishgirl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
awww , i wanted one of these soooo bad when they came out, i missed out big time
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I have master molds but, no one to cast them for me.Shes quite old too 2005 and needs updating. I have a new bjd Ive made ,but now I need molds made and its very difficult to find a company that are honest!
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tomboyishgirl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
have you ever thought about just doing it on your own, with out a company to back you? also wanted to know if you had any extras id be more than willing to buy one!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I did do it on my own originally. I made the silicone molds and cast that I sent to be master molded. Its a very complex process and I made costly mistakes as I was learning. Ive since sold the equipment. But I am trying to find someone reliable to work with.
Also perhaps Ill start a pre view to-pre order just to see how many want to buy her and if its enough to make the journey worth it!
No extras at the mo ,but I could work on some.
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tomboyishgirl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
ok great, please keep me in mind and when your done, email me
as ive always been a fan of briar
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Student General Artist
How did you go about it? I've been curious about making one of these myself for awhile and really have a few questions.
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POKEMADAO Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
@O@!!!
WORSHIP!!!
SO BEAUTFUL~~~
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you. This was my first BJD made in 2005! Im making a new one but, more realistic style.
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MizuWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
do you have to make it yourself? or can you buy the peices?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This doll I made myself she is 14". You can buy Briar since she is produced by a company for me or other ball jointed dolls naked and modfiy them for your own character art. If you go to ebay you can sometimes buy a head or body seperate.
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AmberWavesGoodbye Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
I'd love to make a BJD... but I wouldnt even know where to start!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
learning how to sculpt is the best forst step. Starting with a wire armature and polymer clay or paper clay. The joint design is the most difficult part. what looks nice isnt nessisarily what will pose nice.
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aramismarron Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my!!!this is really great!!i wish i could also make one..the joints are not scary looking like the others :D
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I made the hip joints so, its slot is partly hidden up inside the pelvis and the shape of the balls I tried not to make too fat looking.
Its difficult to make the joints so they work properly,but its fun to make the rest.
You can find some tutorials online ,but not for every step. Unless you read japanese.
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aramismarron Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thnx i think im gonna make soem bjd soon also..im still gathering soem idea what and how they will look like..so how do you make the ball joints??since i went back to sculpting i realize that most of the parts i thought is the easiest turned out to be the hardest..
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
To make the balls you can buy lathed wooden spheres also maybe plastic or metal balls could work. I used glass marbles for some of my joints. Or you can make them yourself with aluminum foil and epoxy .Sand them untill they are very smooth and round. Then you use that sphere to shape the socket.

Its important to have a good armature. I found that out early that my sculptures were mess without suport. Soft clays are hard to control. harder clays are easier to shape ,but hard to smooth.
It is suprising sometimes. Its easy to draw a face or body from one side,but you have to turn the sculpture all around to make sure every side looks right.
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barbra Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
Beautiful, very Hans Bellmer in its simplicity this way. Lovely.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I love Bellmer he is the one who got me carving wooden BJDs! my next one Id love to have even more of his influence.
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barbra Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
I love him too!!! LOL - I have some great books on him ;)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I saw one image of his origianly in "the magic and romance of art dolls" Then I tried to find him online. he realy has a great vision and I wish there was more!
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AmyKollarAnderson Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
All of your figures are incredible! The faces are so lovely and the bodies so graceful. This one reminds me of Hans Bellmer...
[link]
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
A huge compliment!:DI love Bellmer and he is an early influence on me. I think I was 16 first time I saw his work.
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AmyKollarAnderson Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
I found his work sometime around then also. I was passionate about the Surrealists in general for a long time. I am still a fan, but have moved on to other forms of creations.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Im a fan of surealist masters work ,but I found Bellmer through my early interest in ball jointed dolls. Way before Dollifes!
I was making wooden ball jointed dolls and his were the first I saw that wernt like the porcelain antiques. I moved away from dolls for more mature seeming art forms ,but here I am back making them again!
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AmyKollarAnderson Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
The ball jointed dolls are so cool. I have a Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ that is a ball jointed doll. She is by no means a collectable doll, since her hair is one big dread, but she is still so cool how she moves.

Sometimes there is a medium or a subject matter that just calls to you. Painting is like that for me. I tried all sorts of other stuff, but painting has always been my passion.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
They are. I love their experessive quality and the spookiness of them. A ball jointed Dorothy? Is she vintage?

I guess it just took a while for me to discover my right path. When you hit the right thing you know it! I still love the feel of painting and the smells,but this area I shine a bit better.
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AmyKollarAnderson Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I think this is the same as the one I have, but mine is nude with crazy hair...
[link]

I was never thrilled with the smells. I actually switched to acrylics a few years back in preparation to teach a class, but ended up enjoying them more than oils. I tend to paint in very thin layers, so it is nice to only have to wait 10 minutes instead of 24 hours to move on to the next level.

What are you working on these days?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I see ,she has more of an action figure type body.

True. my paintings wer always beign covered in dust layers before they could dry! I tried actrylics ,but I missed the blendign adn butteryness of oil.
Im working on Alice in wonderland and two commisiosn a fairy and another Avalon based peice.
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AMYGDALA-mars Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008   Digital Artist
how do you make the joints?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That is a long complex explination. In short I sculpted them male segment first then female. many edits to get tehm to function correctly.
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Madzooone Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you for the link whit tutorials
it was realy helpful
i want to implement in my figurines animatronics
(theme park/decorations)
i want to give him a try whit this technique maybe it works ...
right now i have a pinnochio life size pupet
and i want to try on it (i want to use resin/fiberglass) for the body
i let you know abaut the outcome :)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Good luck I hope it works for you. Animatronics is a really neat thing to do!
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Madzooone Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks for the link to the body armature
i was searching for something like this
(making this kind of armature)

i want to try out in full life size
soon if i will get a new project that will need
figurines
(so i can afford to buy the materials
by the projects budget :)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Life sized is a very challanging project! Especaily for a Ball jointed doll. I would love to see it!
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MoonLightSpectre Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Absolytely divine - is there any way you could tell us more about the process of making it?=) From sculping work to resin casting...but sorry for bothering you. I'm really fond of your work, and this very piece in particular.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The original sculpture is made of polymer clay. I was built up freehand startign with the male sockets frist and fitting the female sockets over top. Sometimes I had to carve the shape to refine and rebuld and area and cure again. The peices were sadned and scraped witha straight razor to make them smooth. Then I tried to drill the parts for sticking ,but they began to crack so, instead. I made a RTV silicone mold and casted a resin blank. The resing blank I refined more. Sandng carving and perfercting and I drilled the parts so , I could check that they worked properly. Then I again made a rtv mold from the resin master. Then final peices were cast in tinted resin.
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MoonLightSpectre Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
well, wow=) Doesn resin casting require some specific material that can not be used at home, or a workshop/studio?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Resin requires a pressure chamber and air compressor to make the castigns buble free. It can be used at home the resin I use is odor free.
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lazysmirk Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Very inspiring :clap: I'm just getting into this myself (amassing a bunch of discounted sculpey). It looks like a true labor of love.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It is very challengeing,but rewarding too:) Good luck!
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mintmintmoomoo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
She is beautiful :) wonderful job
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SovaeArt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
I think this piece is lovely.
If you don't mind my bugging you, what did you originally sculpt her in to cast from? And also, what brand of resin do you use?
Thanks :)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi,
I originally sculpted her in Prosculpt polymer clay. I dont recommend that brand for it though its brittle.
The resin is Alumilite.
Thanks for visiting. I love your stuff!
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SovaeArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
Yes, I have heard a few negative things about Prosculpt. I'm interested because I'm getting into casting myself.
Thanks :)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Youll want to study about silicone mold making and about the right equipment like a pressure chamber and an air compressor.
Certain polymer clays will keep the silicone from cureing Kato is one that you dont want. I think sculpy products are ok fimo probaby is too.
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SovaeArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
Luckily my husband is a materials scientist, so I have access to huge vacuum chambers, hehe
Sculpey is what I generally use :) I've also been working in wax.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That comes in handy:) sculpy should be fine. kit modelers use it and its stronger than prosculpt. some of the other polymer clays are stronger ,but you might not need that .
I considered working in wax for prototypes. It seems like it would be messy
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hanakosu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
you MADE it??????????? *-*
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I made this whole thing:)
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