|Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners - Terminology|
|Written by Alison Rasmussen|
Thinking about entering the ball-jointed world? Donâ€™t hesitate, and donâ€™t be intimidated by the â€śfragilityâ€ť of resin. If a klutz like me can collect resin BJDs, so can you! Whenever you enter a new hobby, itâ€™s good to do some research--and ball-jointed dolls are a little different from fashion or antique dolls. Iâ€™ll start this series of posts on the terminology of ball-jointed dolls--and really, these are the bare bones basics from a beginning collector. You can learn from my mistakes!First, the terms of the trade:
Ball-jointed doll usually refers to any doll that is strung with elastic and â€śarticulated with ball and socket joints,â€ť according to Wikipedia. Many collectors have definite opinions as to what makes a â€śtrueâ€ť BJD--it must be cast in resin, for example, or it must have articulated elbows and knees. But for my purposes, Iâ€™ll use Wikiâ€™s first line definition.
Resin is a polyurethane plastic. Itâ€™s very hard, but can be breakable when dropped.
Most BJDs come with interchangeable wigs and acrylic or glass eyes, which allows for easy customization. In addition, dolls are available as â€śbasicâ€ť (nude or in basic underwear) or as a â€śfull set,â€ť which includes an outfit, wig and often face-up.
Face-up refers to the dollâ€™s make-up, and this is often available at an extra charge. Most BJDs are available blank for the owners to paint themselves.
ABJDs stands for â€śAsian ball-jointed dolls,â€ť and as I understand it, refers to the on-topic dolls at the forum Den of Angels.
American ball-jointed dolls include Goodreau Dolls, Berdine Creedy and Kim Lasher dolls. Apparently these dolls vary in their design aesthetic from ABJDs, but I havenâ€™t been a collector long enough to discover the difference.
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