Portrait of a BJD

Portrait of a BJD
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PREORDER! New Tutorial "Sculpting a Moveable Bust"

This is my latest tutorial that I am currently working on. It is "How to Sculpt a Moveable Bust"! The photos shown are from two of my dolls which have been previously sold. A "moveable bust" can be finished just as a bust or as a complete doll! This tutorial will be a first in the series, as I continue on with these each tutorial will cover parts to make a finished "Cabinet Doll" with clay arm, hands, legs and feet and a cloth body. Many artists make and sell doll busts, and they have really become quite popular. Why not make one a little better than the rest? Make one that moves with a ball and socket joint between the head and breast-plate. It gives the collector options for posing thier bust.
I cover all aspects of sculpting a beautiful head, and then making a breast-plate to pose the head in. I will also cover in detail how to make that head and breast plate into a mounted bust sculpture. If you choose you can hold on to the head and breast plate and continue on to make a finished doll (to be shown in future tutorials).


Order it here on ETSY

Monday, November 26, 2012


Save 15% on your total purchase today in my Etsy Store.  Use coupon code MONDAY15 at check out.  Sale starts today and ends tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27.  Shop now! ;-) 
Turtle Child Studio on Etsy

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


GIVE THANKS AND GIVE BACK! I am so thankful for my loyal customers, Starting November 6, through December 6, get free shipping on your order in my Etsy Store. (US ONLY-International customers please contact me for a special discounted rate.). Use coupon code THANKYOU0 at checkout! ...And Thank you!! ♥ http://www.etsy.com/shop/turtlechild?ref=si_shop

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Sale in my Etsy Store

Happy Halloween everyone!  I have been very busy this fall already with the new Studio, happily unpacking!  It is exciting to have so much space to work.  I have found supplies which have been boxed for years...many odds and ends, lace, miniatures, fabric...the list goes on and on!  I am downsizing my supplies and also adding new items to my Etsy store!  I just added some hemostats for the dollmaker or craftsperson as well as some old doll-making books.  Stop by my Etsy store and shop today.  I am having a Halloween Sale, all items are on sale!  Use coupon code SPOOKY10 at check out and recieve 10% off your entire purchase. Sale ends October 31, Midnight MST. 
 Turtle Child Studio on Etsy

Friday, September 14, 2012

Turtle Child Studio is MOVING!

My husband and I have just bought a new house with a beautiful new studio in my backyard (picture above)...just for me! My move in date is October 1!  This new studio not only has plenty of work space for me, but a large area I plan on using for a classroom!  The first class I am planning for this coming November, I will announce the dates soon.  It will be a week long, and I will cover all aspects of sculpting ball joint dolls, from start to finish!  I will only have room for 6 students.  I will be checking on hotel rates over the next weeks and will announce all info regarding the live class here on my blog.  If you are interested in this seminar or upcoming seminars, please email me turtlechildstudio@gmail.com.   I will offer the bjd class again in the spring.  I am also planning on offering mold-making and porcelain bjd classes in the near future. 
  I am also planning on expanding my art supply business.  I will be offering doll-making clays and supplies, as well as artist grade paint brushes, paints and other artist supplies.  The art store I plan on expanding in the spring.  All items will be available online as well as in my shop at the studio.
  I am currently offering a sale in my Etsy shop.  Save 15% off your entire order...including all tutorials!  Sale ends September 30, 12am. MST.  Use coupon code MOVING15 at check out. Visit: Turtle Child Studio on Etsy 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Mid-Summer Sale

Just started a Mid-Summer Sale tonight on my Etsy Shop site.  Turtle Child Studio Use coupon code BLOG10 and recieve 10% off your entire purchase...including ALL TUTORIALS!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Items in my Etsy Shop

I just listed some new items in my Etsy shop.  Glastic Realistic Eyes, I have them in 12MM and 14MM.  They are significantly lower in price than you will find in most web stores. Hurry, I have a limited supply and once they are gone...they are GONE!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Started work on a new BJD!

Hi everyone! 
  I hope you are all handling the summer well!  It has been hot here!  I am very happy to have started on a new project a gofun bjd.  This one is "Alice", she will be 18 inches tall when finished.  I am trying to finish her within in the next month so she will be ready for the Dollery's fall show.  I would also like to sculpt a Mad Hatter to accompany her, but I don't know if I will have the time...so right now I will just concentrate on Alice.  As of today I have her head fully sculpted and finished.  This is the way it looks sculpted in the stone clay.  After I have the rest of the body done I will coat it in several layers of gofun.  Gofun is a pigment made of ground oyster shell...when it is applied in thin layers to a doll it looks like the finest porcelain.  This is a very time consuming process, that is why I say I don't think I will have time to make a Mad Hatter as well.  I will post pictures here on my blog as I work.  Stay cool everyone!

Friday, July 6, 2012

SALE continues!

I have decided to continue my sale through midnight sunday 7/8/12! Use coupon code PROMO10 and recieve 10% off your entire purchase! http://www.etsy.com/shop/turtlechild?ref=si_shop

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

**SALE** Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

  It has been a busy Spring for me and it is shaping up into a busy Summer too!  I will not be attending any shows this year, as I am busy filling orders and working on a new proto-type for Resin BJDs!  The new resin BJDs will most likely be released this fall or winter, as it is a long process between prototype and finished resin bjd!  I am excited about being able to offer resin editions of my dolls,  I will post pictures here on my blog of the prototype and master-cast as I get further into the process.
  I also want to announce that I am running a HOLIDAY SALE in my Etsy shop, Turtle Child Studio.  To recieve the sale discount type in PROMO10 in the coupon box at check out, and recieve 10% off your entire purchase, including all TUTORIALS (even the new advanced BJD tutorial!)  Hurry, this sale runs through today, 7/3/12 and ends midnight on 7/5/12!  I don't usually have sales, but want to give an Independence Day Gift to all my loyal customers out there!  Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!
My Etsy store:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/turtlechild

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New Items in my Etsy Shop!

I just added a number of new items over the weekend to my Etsy shop!  Including my newest tutorial "Sculpting a BJD in Polymer Clay: Advanced Techniques".  Stop by and shop!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Just Released! "Sculpting a BJD in Polymer Clay: Advanced Techniques"

  It is finally available and ready to ship!  My newest tutorial "Sculpting a BJD in Polymer Clay: Advanced Techniques"
  This tutorial continues on from where my last one left off!  Learn how to make "double" elbow and knee joints, and all in one leg-hip joints.  I also share my techniques to achieve smooth, flawless skin for a very professional look.  As a bonus, I have included step by step instructions while painting this doll.  Painting, blushing and face-ups using heat set paints and pastels.  Included in this tutorial a body sculpting chart and shopping guide.
  Stop by my Etsy shop and purchase yours today!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday, Monday...

  Happy Monday to you all!  It is a beautiful Spring morning here in Montana, and I am feeling good and up in my studio once again.  I am anxious to be finishing up my latest BJD and the subject for my latest tutorial.  I worked all day yesterday and have some new work in progress pictures I thought I would share with you!  Once again here is the link to the latest turorial CD which shows the making of this doll! Later...

Sunday, May 6, 2012


  I just wanted to show a few work in progress pictures of the doll I am currently working on.  This doll is also the doll shown being made in my latest Bjd tutorial, Sculpting a BJD in Polymer Clay: Advanced Techniques.  I will be releasing this tutorial around May 15.  Currently however, I am taking pre-orders.  You can find the link here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99172732/new-sculpting-a-bjd-in-polymer-clay

  I will be finishing the doll, at least the sculpting and painting this week, I should think...depending on my week! lol!  I will post more wip pics as I progress.  Thanks for watching!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Now Available for Pre-Order! New "Sculpting a BJD in Polymer Clay: Advanced Techniques" CD Tutorial

Sculpting a BJD in Polymer Clay: Advanced Techniques

This is my latest CD tutorial! It is a continuation form my popular "Sculpting an OOAK BJD using Polymer Clay" tutorial. If you have not purchased the first one, it covers all the basics. I will not be repeating anything other than the clay formula from the first tutorial. So, this CD will cover all NEW information, including a new sculpting chart!  http://www.etsy.com/listing/99172732/new-sculpting-a-bjd-in-polymer-clay

Link to the first tutorial: http://www.etsy.com/listing/69802551/tutorial-cd-sculpting-an-ooak-bjd-using

This all new tutorial covers how to sculpt a more complex, professional looking BJD. Covered in this CD: How to make advanced joints, including "double joints", like those on resin BJD Dolls; My techniques on how to acheive a completely smooth and blemish free surface on your doll. (This is very important if you are going to sell your doll and want to get top dollar, or if you plan on later molding your creation and casting it in either resin or porcelain. *NOTE* I AM NOT COVERING HOW TO MAKE MOLDS OR CASTING YOUR CREATION IN THIS TUTORIAL.) I will be writing a full length book later on this year which will go in depth on BJD making, including making molds. Also included in this tutorial, face-ups and body blushing using pastels and heat set paints!

The doll being sculpted in this tutorial is still being finished, and I am finishing up writing this tutorial as I post this. THIS LISTING IS FOR PRE-ORDERS ONLY. THE TUTORIAL CDS WILL NOT BE MAILED UNTIL AFTER MAY 15, 2012.

I am listing this now for those of you who have contacted me and are anxious to continue on in your BJD making! Those tutorials which are ordered prior to May 15, have top-priority shipping status and will be mailed in the order to which I recieved your pre-order. I will email you and let you know when you can expect to recieve your tutorial CD. This order will depend heavily on how many orders I recieve on pre-order. Thank you again for your interest and support of my work!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Snow White is almost finished!

 I am finally finishing up my Snow White bjd this week!  All I have left as of this post is, her left leg, hands and feet.  Finishing up this doll also means my latest tutorial "Sculpting a BJD in Polymer Clay, Advanced Techniques" will be finished and for sale in my Etsy store.  I will start taking pre-orders, next Saturday, May 5.  I will announce the listing here on my blog and also on both the Turtle Child Studio facebook page and my own personal facebook page.  I have been working hard on her and also on the tutorial.  The tutorial will cover advanced techniques of finishing, several advanced joints (including double joints), and professionally painting your BJD and face-ups!  Stay tuned...not much longer now! ;-)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Getting it finished--New tutorial available soon!

Hello all-
So sorry it has been awhile since I have posted. I have had quite a few set backs lately, first I fell and injured my left shoulder (luckily I am right handed). Then the whole family came down with the stomach flu...first my kids went the rounds...one after another, my husband and then finally it hit me! So, the sculpt I have been working on got a little way-layed...as did my newest tutorial which is based on this latest sculpture. But, good news...I am over it and back to work! I am hoping to have all completed in the next couple of weeks, as I am very behind on things.
I think you all will be pleased with this new BJD tutorial. It takes up from where the first BJD tutorial ended and continues on to more detailed finishing techniques and advanced jointing, as well as some extras for you...for a truely professional FINISHED project. I have much more to teach you all about the bjd making process (including making molds, casting in resin, etc.)...but you will have to wait until my full length book comes out. I am still hoping to finish writing it this year, but most likely publication will end up being in 2013. Time just seems to be racing by me lately. Cheers...Happy Spring All! ;-)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New OOAK BJD in the works!

I am pleased to finally be sculpting my first doll of 2012! Since moving this last fall I have not had a space set up which I could work. I have set up a "make do" studio in a corner of my bedroom. It will work for now until I get the carriage house on our property remodeled into my studio.
This latest BJD is a one of a kind sculpted of polymer clay. She is a first for me, in that she is the first closed eye doll I have ever made. She will be the sleeping Snow White. 14 inches high when standing, she is also the doll shown being made in my latest tutorial. "Advanced polymer BJD techniques" will be an advanced version of my previous Polymer BJD making tutorial. I will be showing more jointing techniques, including "double jointing", as well as some extras! I am hoping to have this new tutorial finished by early February!
As I work on this doll I will post more wip pics here! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year, and New Dolls!

Happy 2012 everyone!
I am psyched about all the new things I have coming this year! I am already at work on a follow up tutorial to my popular "Sculpting a BJD in polymer clay" tutorial. This new tutorial on CD will have more elaborate jointing, with insructions to add these techniques to your next OOAK BJD, as well as some fun extras! I will soon be posting work in progress pictures here on my blog as well as on my Face Book page! If you are not yet following me on Face Book please look me up, Turtle Child Studio!
I will also be starting new work on my prototype for my new line of porcelain bjds...so stay tuned! Happy New Year friends!! I hope you all have a blessed and happy new year!