New Double-jointed hips for Enchanted Doll

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For several years now I’ve been wanting to give my dolls a more articulated hip joint, which would allow them to tuck their knees up to their chests. I’ve been torn over this, because adding more articulation inevitably breaks up the flow of body lines, interfering with the aesthetics of the doll. The last few months I’ve been tinkering with the hip joint, trying to come up with the most balanced solution to the conflict of form and function. It was the most difficult joint I’ve had to design, but I’m quite pleased with the result.

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Those of you who are not fans of this new anatomy, not to worry, this is just an alternate hip joint to the original one, not a replacement. From now on, both of them will be featured in my dolls. It’s something I needed to try in my search for growth and that elusive perfection. Can’t expect to get anywhere interesting doing the same old thing over and over again, can you?

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I’ll post more pictures within a couple of days, but in the meantime, what d’ya guys think? First impressions?

55 Responses to “New Double-jointed hips for Enchanted Doll”

  1. Crystal
    June 6th, 2012 18:06
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    I am not a big fan of this joint but I like to try to stay open minded about these things and see if it grows on me. Posing to me, is not everything. I love her face though!

  2. maria soares
    June 6th, 2012 18:10
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    Marina, i love it….the estetic and funtion side by side.the doll pose is so natural.Congrats!

  3. Kari
    June 6th, 2012 18:17
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    The added versatility of poses makes me think it`s worth it!

  4. Christiane (Quebec)#24
    June 6th, 2012 18:25
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    Oh Marina could you please take a photo of her standing. With this new style of joints I feel there is no limit as to what she could do!!!!!

  5. Christiane (Quebec)#24
    June 6th, 2012 18:31
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    Marina I just love, looking at her over and over saying to my self you are 1 step closer to making her come to life. She has so much more of a human life like….love love love

  6. Anika
    June 6th, 2012 18:50
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    Very pretty! Will you do this for the Rubenesque body too?

    ~Anika

  7. Ellen B.
    June 6th, 2012 19:11
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    Love the new hip joint! I agree with you that more joints break up the body’s flow but you have pulled it off beautifully! What little you may have lost in aesthetics, you have gained volumes in body language! A small price to pay for adding character and life to a doll!

  8. Sabrina
    June 6th, 2012 19:46
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    The new poses are great! But I’m curious to see what she looks like standing.

  9. Annina
    June 6th, 2012 20:04
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    i LOVE it!
    i love the fact that it allows her to tuck her legs up to her chest, it’s something i find so appealing.
    i have one doll with such a joint, Amal’s Pirooz, and i love that about her!
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anninaislove/5711597290/in/set-72157600130340733)

    i would seriously think about replacing my dolls upper legs if you’d offer to do replacements…

  10. Eiko
    June 6th, 2012 20:38
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    I quite like it. I’ve often tried to tuck my Enchanted Doll’s legs up to her chest and not quite succeeded. So it’s nice to see that this is an option in future.

  11. Johanna
    June 6th, 2012 21:27
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    I don’t care for the look of it, but on the other hand, I adore the pose-ability it provides—this seems to override any dislike. (I’m easily won over) She poses quite naturally. Nice work!

    Peace,
    Johanna

  12. Tatie
    June 6th, 2012 21:31
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    i simply say it is awesome and i love it

  13. Amoreen
    June 6th, 2012 21:50
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    Well, if I say: “Wow, what a surprise!”, I can seem a bit boring. But I do think it’s a really unexpected feature, even though… I think, I prefer the older one. Aesthetics is as much important as function. Yes, now she can tuck her legs up to chest, but her knees seem to be less natural rather than in other position. As usual, I’d prefer to see her standing and then to say my opinion (not that it has such an impostance, ;-). Probably it will take me time to see her in a more natural way. Bravo, Marina! Experiencing new solutions is very refreshing, isn’t it?
    By the way, is a beautiful stranger a state property or survived mold? Come on, Marina, tell us your secret! She is sooo beautiful and ethereal! Maube she will wearing an amazing, beaded costume we have seen some time ago?… Do you hear my begging? ;-)))

  14. Erin
    June 6th, 2012 21:56
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    Honestly, I like the old ones better, but you’re right, you won’t get anywhere without experimenting :) Can we see some pictures of the joints in different poses?

  15. Susanna
    June 6th, 2012 21:57
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    I think this is wonderful. To me, the ability to simulate all the position of the human body is the achievement of a superlative results. Compliments to your work!

    Susanna

  16. Jessie
    June 6th, 2012 22:24
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    For me, I’m very happy when I can get more poses out of dolls. But I still like the originals better. Almost looks like too many joint… but then so was I feeling with double jointed dolls. And they certainly grew on me!

  17. Che
    June 6th, 2012 22:25
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    I agree with Johanna. I also don’t care for the look of it, but the pose-ability is amazing.

    I first saw your dolls last night and haven’t stopped thinking about them since. My children all love the dolls too.

    Are you interested in taking an apprentice?

    <3 Che

  18. nune
    June 6th, 2012 22:41
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    I love the no.2 and no.3 posts. But not sure when she stands up straight. That’s so lovely for her face feeling with this action! Cool!

  19. Acela
    June 6th, 2012 22:54
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    My souldoll has joints like this, I didn’t like them very much at first but sh’e much more flexible with them and she can do so much more. Now I don’t want her to have any other joints :)
    I think it’s amazing, you should start with these joints as well!

  20. Candice
    June 6th, 2012 23:24
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    This is one of the many reasons that you are such an incredible artist. You are the innovator, the one from which the original ideas spring from. I admire that and respect it very much. I am so pleased to see you continuing to push the boundaries and see what will come next. I am on the edge of my seat for each new thing from you. Thank you.

  21. Orangey
    June 7th, 2012 00:03
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    This is… everything. Enchanted Dolls just got better for me (purely my opinion as I’ve always loved the idea of a doll being able to be put into human poses, and I deeply admire any artist who will take the challenge to make joints like this happen!) Shape and aesthetic is one importance, creating a functional doll on top of that is supreme. I want one. Ha ha. She has an incredible face also.

  22. Nada
    June 7th, 2012 01:28
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    I especially like her face and the rest works perfectly well aestethically seen. Now she is only kind of sitting and I do not know how it will look standing.

  23. Hazel
    June 7th, 2012 02:20
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    Like Nada, I would love to see what it looks like standing.

    I fell in love with it immediately. From the pictures, the line that breaks the hip looks oh-so-subtle so it doesn’t look off to me. Besides, those poses are just so natural that I almost expect her to move!

  24. Amal
    June 7th, 2012 03:31
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    Yes!! I’m a big fan of these types of joints for the huge difference they make to the ease and range of posing. I think any compromise is worth it.

    Me too, dying to see her standing from the front to really gage the overall look, but in terms of function it looks spot-on. I particularly admire the fact that you’ve enabled her to sit with her knees tucked up without any kind of lower torso joint. It seems the chest piece has to slouch forward quite a bit to compensate, but it doesn’t look forced.

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…

  25. Merri
    June 7th, 2012 04:04
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    She looks beautiful! The added pose-ability is fabulous! I too, would like to join the chorus asking to see a photo of her standing. And bravo Marina, for continuing to push the boundaries!

  26. Michal
    June 7th, 2012 04:23
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    I really like it. It looks even more realistic now.

  27. Diana
    June 7th, 2012 04:31
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    I think it is a really great idea! I would use a BJD from you a little bit for drawing (as a human model) so this feature make me even more anxious to own a doll from you… Is she for sale?

  28. Niiv
    June 7th, 2012 04:55
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    Wow! That pose-ability adds fabulous new possibilities and makes her look even more human… Really well done, I love it.

  29. Karen Vail
    June 7th, 2012 05:51
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    I think this is a great option for people who like to really pose their dolls. I prefer less joints to more joints as posing in every possible direction isn’t so important to me. She is still beautiful and a marvel of engineering, but I would choose the previous dolls over this one.

  30. Glynis
    June 7th, 2012 06:19
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    The doll is beautiful, goes without saying,and I don’t know much about joints-double or otherwise-but I have to say I love it,the way she is all tucked up. But what i really admire,is the perseverance to try/find something new,the drawings of the lanterns are a perfect example,the frustration,the “not going to be beaten” attitude,that’s what amazes me almost as much as the work itself,so to echoe the others,more please!!

  31. Jayne Wourms
    June 7th, 2012 06:44
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    I love it! She poses amazingly. This is why you are quite simply the best!

  32. susan
    June 7th, 2012 07:26
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    Wow! I think this is a wonderful solution to the joint problem. I always want more posability in my dolls and have cheerfully re-bodied some of my fashion dolls to get it. Can’t wait to see what else she can do!

  33. Astera
    June 7th, 2012 07:29
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    I too long to see her standing. She looks extraordinary. Love her! :)

  34. Hannah
    June 7th, 2012 07:49
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    It is an odd shape, but know one is perfect. Everyone is beautiful in their own way.

  35. eaven
    June 7th, 2012 08:10
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    je prostě dokonalá

  36. Lean
    June 7th, 2012 09:11
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    I think they look great and more poseable!! Congrats again, my sweet Marina!!

  37. Bruny
    June 7th, 2012 09:12
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    I love your dolls, especially their faces and the costuming. I do have the vague feeling that I have seen this joint before (maybe 5-8 years ago)in an Asian BJD or an Asian site, maybe Den of Angels site. I really didn’t like it. After taking some time to get used to, I have accepted the double knee joints. I too, would like to see her standing. Best of luck and thank you for sharing.

  38. Isabel Pacheco
    June 7th, 2012 12:10
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    simply adorable: beautiful, beautiful :)

  39. Beth
    June 7th, 2012 17:01
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    I really like the new hip joint and from what I can see in the pictures, it doesn’t detract from the aesthetics of the doll at all. I love the added versatility for posing as well.

    I also think it’s very prudent of you to keep the original joint structure as well.

  40. Ali
    June 7th, 2012 18:34
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    My goodness, Marina! I totally spazzed out when I saw this! It’s amazing! Really and truly! Are you the first person to do this? You’re really raising the bar for all other dolls ever. I don’t think I’ve ever be able to refrain from keeping an upturned nose at dolls that aren’t yours. c:

  41. MollyTheWanderer
    June 7th, 2012 19:09
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    I absolutely LOVE her face. If you dont have a name for her yet, I suggest Ariel. I’d like to see her standing up, to see how the joint looks that way, but these pics are great. What an amazing range of movement! As always, you are awesome.

  42. Jeanette
    June 7th, 2012 21:56
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    Absolutely beautiful.

  43. Orangey
    June 7th, 2012 22:00
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    Ali: No she’s not the first person to have this kind of joint. But perhaps she’s the first in the porcelain doll medium. Not sure.

  44. Sveta
    June 8th, 2012 04:56
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    Mfrina, dou have her pictures standing? i really like new possibilities

  45. Nolaa
    June 8th, 2012 07:38
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    I love the functionality of the joint. The new poses are so realistic. I think, though, that I would (personally) prefer this hip on a costumed doll vs a nude one. That being said, I don’t dislike the lines at all, and I think its a great leap forward.

  46. Ama
    June 8th, 2012 15:11
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    Me likes…adorable ♥

  47. Amy
    June 8th, 2012 18:36
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    Wow, that doll is so amazing! Is she going to be on sale????
    There are really no other dolls like yours!

  48. Amy
    June 8th, 2012 18:39
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    Wow, that doll is so amazing. Will she be for sale???
    You really do make the most amazing dolls. How about a balerina next???

  49. Eliza
    June 10th, 2012 03:42
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    I love it, but how does it look once simply standing?

  50. Marina
    June 10th, 2012 03:56
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    Standing photos along with other poses are coming soon. I haven’t taken them yet, as I have to attend to other doll-related matters this week.

    But they are coming.

  51. Modesty
    June 10th, 2012 18:20
    51

    I was wondering if you ever thought about doing Henry the 8 wives, maybe in a set, their portraits are beautiful, and what you would make them come to life. You do a wonderful job, and I have fell in love these beautiful dolls…. Just an idea :]

  52. giperborea
    June 13th, 2012 06:06
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    Love the poses, except the one on the last pic – honestly hate the way her legs look (the knee joints and thigh joints look very unaestethic there, insect-like), otherwise I it’s a cool feature!!!

  53. Lucy Harper
    June 13th, 2012 07:55
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    I think this is the most important change you have executed to date. I have Dolls of oblivion ‘skene’ and her articulated hip makes her the best doll I have ever owned. The posability and action in the body make it so much more interactive for play. I think a dolls body is more important than face. It allows such a big range of interaction. I think I can reject a doll because her body is ugly, vapid or too static. I do not own an enchanted doll but the new work makes me keen to do so even though they are far out of my price range. If I love a doll with no clothes it can be such a source of pleasure, art and imagination deciding who she can be and developing her style and how I feel bonded to myself as a person. Beautiful doll = therapy. I have a child with autism so time to play with a little bit of art that could almost come alive is a source of calm and true joy for me. This work inspires me to continue working on my own ceramic adventures.

  54. Marina
    June 13th, 2012 20:52
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    Awesome, thanks for the feedback everyone!

  55. Heather Johnson
    June 22nd, 2012 17:04
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    This new hip joint is neat. I think it’s fun to see a doll that can fold up her knees against her chest.