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BJD Restringing Tutorial by kagen-no-tsuki BJD Restringing Tutorial by kagen-no-tsuki
A quick tutorial in restringing a BJD. It's a basic type body, nothing fancy. Just covers the basics.

I am not an expert on BJDs, I do not consider myself an expert but if you have any questions I will do my best to answer them.

Appologies about the photo quality. It got dark when we started doing this.

I injured myself so ~MrBlueSuit helped me out.

Edit: Added a darker font to make it clearer to read. Hope that helps!
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Zentyra Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student General Artist
If you are looking for a six inch bjd, try searching Tiny BJDs.

The sizes are usually as follows:
Trinity - 120cm/47in
1/2 Scale - 90cm/36in
Uncle - 70-89cm/28-35in
SD - 50-69cm/20-27in
MSD - 40-49cm/16-19in
YoSD - 23-39cm/9-15in
Tiny - Under 23cm/8 in

Also, you can buy relatively inexpensive BJDs from companies such as:
Island Doll
Mystic Kids
Angel of Dream
(There are others, and DoA actually has a list of discount BJD companies. You can also check second hand on ebay.)

Or you can buy an Obitsu. They aren't strung (they have internal skeletons), but they do have ball joints and are super poseable. ^-^ They actually have a 6in/11cm doll. Obitsu aren't made of resin-- they're made of ABS and Silicone.

Dollmore also sells a strung ABS BJD, but she's 12"-- a bit big for your specifications.
throtmorton Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Student General Artist
this is great! I can't afford a BJD nor find one in the size i need (6in) so I intend to take a wooden drawing mannequin, and restring it to make it bend better as well as mold the head. So this will help immensely
dixiekasilke Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This will come in handy. :D
Cerrenyra Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I really needed a restringing tutorial since I knew having to restring a BJD was inevitable, especially since I want to try making one. (Yw for the run-on sentence dere.) Proof that looking at other people's dolls and mentally drooling is worth the time.
Shadowbane-kimikaro Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a Hujoo freya cat and her Joints are Horrible! do you think this can be used for my Freya as well? 
Beepbop-Rainbow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
it can be used on any bjd that can be restrung <3
Shadowbane-kimikaro Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thank you! 
FlamezMcWhitey Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tut! It helped A LOT.   =3
RuneElf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial~  I just restrung one of my dolls for the first time and your instructions were really easy to follow.  :D
ShelandryStudio Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just one question is there a good length or weight of elastic to use for SDs?. dont want to buy something that is to short and not have enough to do the bod and arms or to thin and could snap while pulling :)
I am really new to this and this will be my first time restringing him and I am very nervous. He was adopted (not new). according to your description His arms are to tight because they snap out of position and his legs are way to loose cuz he buckles and cant seem to hold his own weight unless i get him perfectly balanced. (really hard)
I also heard of sueding or something to help with joints but not sure what that entails.
Amylith Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! It helped so much.  :)
Loliya-chan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do all dolls have hooks at the end of their arms and feet?
Enigma-Nyx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I accidentally let go of the foot elastic while the hook was still on it. Now I cannot get back out. Should I just disassmble from the arms first, then?
CursedChaos2-0 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So many different ways to do this xD.... It's interesting to see how other people restring. Never stop learning |D
Stormwarp Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
This has been brilliantly helpful, and I've passed it on to all of my friends entering the hobby. Thank you for posting such nice, clear pictures and detailed instructions!
the-waffle-van Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
this is so helpful! Thank you
CaptainLeda Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering, I'm very new to BJDs, why do you have to restring the doll if there's only a small part with a mark? Couldn't you just scrub it off - or is it necessary for it to soak first?
ixh Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There are many reasons to restring a doll other than cleaning it, such as sueding, tightening, and changing old strings.
The tutorial simiply said that it would be a good idea to clean some marks off, but that wasn't the point of restringing the doll.
TOXlCORE Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think that if you scrub it off, there is a chance that it gets damage on the 'skin'. And 'healing' that isn't easy in my opinion. 
Sorry for my poor english ;u;...  
tspeecestudios Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a fantastic tutorial.  I just started researching how to build your own BJDs and so many of the stringing tutorials just assume you know what's going on.  Your step-by-step is way more helpful and you are awesome for taking the time to write it up and share.
GlammyDolls Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Hi first thank you for the tutorial I have a couple of questions i hope i can explain them without confusion. my doll is an older Lutz head on an older B&G body. When you put the S hook through the string at the top of the neck does it only go through the loop without the knot? So does the S hook hold that side of the string above the neck and the knot hold the other side in? I am a bit confused on that part do you keep the loops separate so that both sides of the loop on the hook string stay together to go down through a leg and the same with the knotted side? or do you cross them so you use one side of the knot side with one side of the hook side? What if the string comes off the S hook will it get pulled into the upper body? Also my dolls head is not held on with the slots to turn the S hook into the head to lock it in place. So do I use the S hook to connect the top of the head? There is a thing that has a hole in the center it hangs down from  the top part of the head about 3/4 of an inch. The Shook slides right into it but I am not sure if that is how I am suppose to hook it in. When I got her I picked her up and her entire head fell off so I didn't get to see how it was attached. It does not look easy to connect it that way so i wanted to make sure it was right before i take on the challenge. Thank you!
Enigma-Nyx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This will totally help with re-stringing my boy for the first time. Thanks!!
HaraKiri523 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very helpful in figuring out how to get the best tension! Thank you!
leaken1966 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you! I used your tutorial tonight to remove wire and restring a second-hand Iplehouse Harin tonight! It turned out perfect! Thank you! : )
CuteAnime123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. This really helps.
KeyWithoutATone Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking for a tutorial like this! Thank you so much! ~:heart:
ToriPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, thanks for the tutorial. I'm getting my first BJD (Minifee Seorin Girl) in a couple weeks but I was just curious; How do I know when it's time to restring my doll?
xXxGothicxAngelxXx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all, congrats on your first doll! It's always so exciting ^^. If you don't mind, I could offer my answer for this question. Some companies (not many) will actually send the dolls out in pieces, letting you string them when they arrive.
The other time you will restring your doll will be if you feel it is too tight or, especially, too loose. You will know the tension is okay if it easily holds a pose without either snapping back toward the body or simply seeming too limp. If it's too tight and you don't feel like restringing it, a helpful tp I was told when I got my first doll is to tie it in the fetal position for a few days, to loosen the elastic of the string a bit. Hopefully this helped :)
dark-raven-89 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This appears to be a really clear, precise guide! I don't feel so scared of attempting to restring my doll now! :D
SyrynValentyne Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Could I please share this on a doll forum called Angels Unlimited?
Delicatesilver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really useful. I was afraid to buy a bjd I have been pining over because I was afraid that restringing it would be hard. This helps clears things up.
ithum Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks it is very useful to me.
sylviesaurus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Photographer
awesome tutorial! this helps me a ton! :)
vickyicky12 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Writer
after this restringing makes so much more sense than
it did on you tube lol
thanks to you i think i can finally do it
rural-guerre Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This makes me feel better about getting a doll. Thank you! :hug:
Gwendalin-Niles Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
can u use the same string afterwards?
ProjectArtemis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You could use the string your doll already had if you only took them apart for cleaning or doing modifications. Most of the time string is replaced if it's worn out or way too tight.
WipDeeDoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
This is a real help! I got my doll off Ebay (my mom gave me a $200 limit and it had to come with everything [hair, eyes, clothes] and so I was like "time to go to ebay!" lol) and they shipped her unstrung and when my mom strung her she put the knot in her thigh so I restrung it twice and shes loose. One leg is super tight and the other is super loose and it take about 10 minuits to get her to stand, so now when I feel up to restringing her I'll definatly use this!!
Chrissy-77 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student General Artist
you are a wonderful person. thank you for this. (ive been confused as to restrining dolls and ive been nervious for when i get one. but this makes me feel better :bout it :)
Kinomoto-Nade Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you sooooo much! My bobobie song had a string accident and i have no idea how to string on my own, this tutorial really helped!
OrganicRobotic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say, I fount this incredibly helpful! I'm going to be getting my first BJD in a few months (a little boy! :3) and I honestly have no clue what to do. But I'm glad I found thins; it answered pretty much every question I needed answered! bravo!
Yuna264 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very helpful, I am planning on purchasing a DOD DOC Homme Ivan in about half a year or so, so I am doing all of the research now. ... I heard that soaking the doll in warm/hot soapy water was bad for the resin, but I guess it isn't?
.. Thank you so much for this tutorial though, seriously~
BettyNewbie2 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
thank you for this tutorial. It eanbled me to restring my doll easily. Most of the other tuts are videos and you can't see what the eprson is doing as well, becuse their hands are always in the way.

kamiira-chan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Thank you so much for this! This is so helpful! In the future I will learn from this tutorial~! :meow:
lustrousrose Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I don't know if anyone else has told you this, but I've read it is really helpful to sand down sharp pieces on eye stems. That way you won't hurt yourself when you change eyes, etc. :)

Thanks for this tutorial. I appreciate being able to see others' restringing methods. ^^
jcbm Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Is there any place where I can buy ball jointed dolls second hand for (hopefully) less than 600$? I'd love to get started creating my own but sadly I don't love the idea of spending that much money.
OrganicRobotic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know about used, but you can try they have a lot of cute designs and their smallest one, the tiny, is only about $160 with make-up for most of them.
dykedevelopment Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Most yo-SD and tiny size BJDs cost about $300-$400 new, with face makeup, no wardrobe or hair. Once you get into the bigger sizes -- MSD, SD, Hound, and the like, then they get expensive.

But there are many, many sizes! I have two Fairyland dolls, and I really would recommend them to new people. They have amazing joints, pose insanely well, have a good resin feel, and look natural -- no "awkwardly" "this doesn't look like a human's joint should look" connectors. You see a few dolls whose elbows and knees just look over-extended, or just inhuman in general.

A tip from someone who's been there. I buy almost all of my doll needs from US retailers. I have only purchased dolls from US retailers. If you live in the US, or Canada, or Mexico, I urge you to purchase your dolls from Denver Doll Emporium, Mint On Card, or Junky Spot.

I do, and I only wait up to a month or half a month to get my doll if they are in-stock. Buying from the companies themselves can take up to anywhere between 4-12 months. The names I gave you are officially authorized, so you don't have to worry about riped-off dolls.

I hope this helps you. :-)
jcbm Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Okay well I have been browsing and I found a site called I was wondering if this was a legitimate site as well as a good deal. I am also wondering if buying of this site means I have to wire the doll myself and if they come with eyes and eyelashes
dykedevelopment Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi you!

I haven't ordered from Iplehouse before, but I hear they are pretty good for shipping quickly. There have been a few issues with their boxes being shipped poorly and getting smooshed in the mail, though; but they aren't as bad as CustomHouse, which, to be frank, have beautiful dolls but that would not make up for their really shotty shipping!!!

There are a lot of sites out there. I can point you in a few directions. These are several companies I can recall off of the top of my head, and they all have pros and cons, and different sizes and prices. I'd say research them until you find the right one :-)

Peak's Woods
Doll in Mind
Bobobie (and ResinSoul, their sister company,)
Asleep Edilion

to name a few others :-)

I would still urge you to go to

Mint on Card, inc 's webpage,
Junky Spot,
and Denver Doll Emporium

as well as The Doll Peddler
and Featherfall!
as well as Ruby Red Galleria

to look at a whole list of companies that they sell, too. They are all certified to sell through various companies. All of these places are online, and are VERY reputable. I buy off of them often :D I just bought a DikaDoll from Mint On Card, inc, today; and I even got a free head!! It's an event Dikadoll is doing. Now, to wait <3

Hope this helps :D
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