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Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners: Finding the Doll of Your Dreams [Paperback]

Alison Boyd Rasmussen , Melissa Metheney
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22 Jun 2011
Founder and editor of The Fashion Doll Review, Alison Rasmussen guides you through the world of ball-jointed dolls. These gorgeous works of art have risen in popularity since their introduction in 1999. While information about BJDs is available on the web, the author puts everything together in a humorous and user-friendly way. The dolls featured in the photos are created by Peak's Woods in Korea. The company granted permission to use them as models. In this book, you will learn: • the history of the ball-jointed doll • commonly used terms and abbreviations • how to plan for and purchase your first BJD • that staying up all night thinking about a doll isn't abnormal • budgeting tips • advice on navigating the secondary market • how to care for your doll, including restringing, sueding and sanding • advanced techniques, including a sewing project, body blushing, and more • how to get connected to the growing BJD community

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: The Fashion Doll Review (22 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983681600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983681601
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alison Rasmussen is the founding editor of The Fashion Doll Review. She is a happily married mother of four, residing in sunny southern California. In addition to her love of dolls and cats, she has an obsession with unusual hair colors.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners 15 Oct 2013
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Excellent book for beginners to BJD. Lots of info of companies to look at and info on looking after your doll. Photos very good and generally very easy to read and refer to. I know I will be go back again and again for information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to read 7 Feb 2013
By Tamanya
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After reading this I felt confident enough not only to buy a BJD but to get into the community.
its only bacis (Beginner) stuff but its enough for anyone :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful 16 Jun 2014
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great book, helped me as a beginner, would recommend to any one starting up, will also be good for reference
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Attempt at New Subject 18 Jan 2014
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Have been looking for an "Idiot's Guide" to BJDs for a while. This covers a lot of aspects well, but is full of product placement. Can understand how that might happen, but readers need to be aware that there are other brands available. Having said that a good start to what I hope will be future coverage of the subject of BJDs - the best I have found so far. The presentation and quality of photos is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful guide for new collectors 26 July 2011
By Miladyblue - Published on Amazon.com
Great job! The information was well organized, the pics were gorgeous. The choice of language was good, informative without being patronizing, which is something that usually drives me right up the wall with how to books.

The list of links was very thorough, and I liked the idea of the dictionary for commonly used terms and abbreviations. Too often, we veteran doll collectors seem to forget that n00bs (that's a new one to me, by the way) don't instantly understand all these things when we post messages in groups, on boards, or forums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for beginners 25 Dec 2011
By Kat Catte - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't let the "for beginners" in the title put you off. While the book is certainly good introduction for new collectors, it also has a lot to offer those of us who already have the doll(s) of our dreams. It's a plum pudding of tips and clear instructions on the buying, care and maintenance of ball jointed dolls. Besides being a useful reference tool, it's fun to read, definitely a keeper. I'm so glad I bought it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT Just for Beginners! 10 Oct 2011
By Nina Malischev - Published on Amazon.com
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I just ordered and received this book and spent a good two hours perusing it. Having been in "The Hobby" for almost five years now, I could hardly be considered a beginner, but I LOVED this book! If you collect Asian BJDs you know that there are very few books about them available, so the minute I found this book I ordered it hoping it would be worth the price. It is! It is a big, wonderful, full-color publication with lots of photographs of lovely Peak's Wood dolls (one of the few brands I don't own...hmmmmm...might have to change that). When I stumbled onto Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls I knew literally nothing about them, and this is the book I wish I had had back then! It gives clear, well-written descriptions of how to do all the important stuff that is so scary when you first get one of these naked, bald, eyeless dolls, including installing eyes and the thing that wigs newbies out the most- the dreaded RE-STRINGING! (actually not that hard, especially with this book nearby as a resource). The photos the author uses to illustrate her how-to-do section are excellent and would be extremely helpful for not only the new doll owner, but also for picking up hints and suggestions you may not have thought of. It also includes a handy guide to BJD Forum Etiquette, since much of the life of BJDs takes place in international online web forums. It is a great resource for doll companies, accessories, etc. AND if even includes a couple of free patterns.
If you are a newbie to BJDs this book is a MUST for you! If you have been around for a few years, you will still enjoy reading the fun and entertaining text and looking at the gorgeous dolls. And if you have a friend or relative who collects these dolls, I can guarantee she or he would live to find it wrapped up under the Christmas tree!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 4 Aug 2011
By C. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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I was unsure about getting this book and have looked at it for awhile...it is a bit pricey...but with the other review I opted for it and am so glad I did...beautiful cover.....and beautiful pictures in this book....great info....its a must have for all BJD collectors......B.W.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction 15 Mar 2013
By R. Pylman - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for an introduction to the hobby, and this is a fabulous one. She addresses how to find that first doll, where to find it, and ways to avoid newbie mistakes. She also covers basic maintenance and adjustment techniques that the new owner will need. I love this book!
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