I came across Asian ball-jointed dolls, BJDs, on the internet a few years ago. Their stunning Anime eyes and detailed features enthralled me. They were hauntingly beautiful.
I wanted a BJD. Even though I was past the age of dressing up dolls, I wanted to replicate the gorgeous photos I’ve seen of them. Sadly, I couldn’t afford the cost, and gave up the dream.
A year later, I discovered Shapeways, a custom 3D printing company.
Eureka! I could 3D print my BJD!
I worked continuously and obsessively for a few days, and atlas, Jace was born!
I rushed to get it printed, and a week later, it arrived!
The beautiful BJD head had a soft expression that begged to be painted. I took some spray paint and chalk and gave it a rudimentary faceup, makeup for BJDs.
Unfortunately, project Jace has been on a semipermanent hiatus. At the time, it wasn’t cost effective to 3D print the rest of Jace. Also, a lot of personal issues came up, and I couldn’t motivate myself to spend time on Jace.
Nowadays, the cost of 3D printing has gone down. Maybe one day, I’ll return to finishing this little fella.