In comments and emails through this website, people ask me where to go for information on purchasing or making Asian style ball jointed dolls. Now, when i google "asian ball jointed dolls", there are least two great references before this site. But, as different searches give different results, here are a few suggestions for the people who come to this site from a search.
Den of Angels Go to the forum. Register, and read all the rules. You will have to be registered for a few weeks and have made 40 posts before you will have marketplace privileges, but that gives you time to get acquainted with this ginormous international board. Yes, it can be a dramatic and frustrating place, but also an indispensable resource and inspiration. Explore the galleries. If you need to know how to make or fix something, someone can help. And there are waiting rooms with others blowing off steam while awaiting their next doll. Also comprehensive links to doll company websites, group orders, and consumer discussions and advice in dealing with Asian sellers. If you really need to know something about the hobby you can find it here.
Resinality is a much more intimate version of Den of Angels. If over time the noise at the big forum leaves you frazzled, you can chill with a slightly more adult discourse and a strong gallery. Another forum worthy of mention is Zone of Zen, which has a friendly, chatty, old school bulletin board feel. Michigan area people have our own forum, Disjointed Images, where you can find out about our public meets - though we mention those on Den of Angels as well. If you like some kink with your resin, ControversialDoll has photos of subjects disallowed on other boards - this is one of those "If you have to ask, you don't want to know" kind of things. Posting is light on this board, so it's nice to bookmark for when you're in the mood. If you're looking for trouble, or just need to rant about the stupid doll fandom, there is Den of Demons, the legendary snark board. A shadow of its former self, it's till fun. Asbestos gear suggested.
There are lots of databases on and off the forums, where you can examine and compare different kinds of dolls and their elements. But big ones to know are Gigglegeek's Modern Asian Ball Jointed Dolls, which isn't complete but is pretty damn comprehensive, and the Volks database Where Angels Lie. Sooner or later, you're likely to look at Volks dolls, and this excellent resource will give you a broader picture than the Volks site.
Hope this helps, and the key players in this post have been added to the blogroll.