Anything Can Be an Instrument or a Ruler for Making Ball Joints

One of the most creative aspects of any art for me is looking for (and finding) new uses for usual objects. A hair rubber band becomes a marker for knitting, a hairpin starts pinning the row on the embroidery design, a needle and a crochet hook become sculpting instruments and glass bottles make excellent rolling pins.
Линейка для шарниров
A ruler for making balls
 

I didn’t invent using a ruler with circle holes for making ideal spheres, but I like it.

A long time ago, before I joined the ball-jointed doll course I bought a triangular ruler with circle holes. But when the time came it turned out that it only had holes with diameters I had no use for. So I had to buy this big one.

Две линейки для шарниров
Two rulers for making balls
 

And here is how I use it: on the left is a sculpted ball before I sand it. And on the right is a ball I have processed with the ruler. The hole right above it is the one I used.

Шарнир до и после обработки
A joint before and after
 

And here you can see three diameters: 11, 13, and 25 mm. The central one is already attached to an arm, but it is not sanded yet. I hope it will look better. 

Шарниры трех размеров
Three sizes of joint balls
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  1. EI says:

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    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?
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  2. Elena says:

    I’m not sure I’m the person to give out advice on writing but here are a few things I could safely recommend:
    – if the beginning stresses you out, start in the middle or the end, just start writing and then put what you have written in the order you like;
    – write about what you are familiar with;
    – read other people’s blogs to get ideas about structure and presentation;
    – writing and editing a blog post takes time, hours, sometimes days. Spending 10-15 minutes on figuring out how to begin is not that much really.

    Good luck!

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