American doll artist Bo Bergemann released a group of 1/4 size dolls this summer with a new early adolescent body. The 40 cm tall double-jointed body with a prepubescent build was released with new doll head sculpts Emma, Sophie, Zoe, Bella and Bree. Customer were able to choose resin color, eyes, wig, and outfit to create their own Bo Bergemann “Designer Doll”. while all of the dolls sold well, the most popular head from the group was Bella.
My Bella BJD was sent to me blank so I could create my own face-up. She was cast in ‘shimmer’ resin. (Other resin colors available included brown sugar and pink sugar.) Bergemann shimmer is an opaque resin in a pinkish flesh color. Bella has double jointed knees, elbows and an extendable thigh joint to allow her to take a wide variety of poses. She has an almost flat chest and a torso with two joints; one below the ribcage and the other at the hips. Bella is well strung and stands easily. Only flat feet are available with the doll, but I received two pairs of boots, including one with heels, both created for her by Dollheart, and she was able to stand alone in them with little effort.
Bella’s face sculpt is more of a character type than classic in style. All of the heads from this summer’s release reflect the distinct sculpting style of the artist. Bella’s features are not symmetrical, but the lack of exact symmetry makes her more more animated in appearance. Her head is actually bigger than that of my 43 cm tall Bergemann Ambriel doll which has a more mature teenager body. While 16 mm glass eyes fit her, I preferred the same size of eye in silicone from Safrin Doll. The glass eyes left a tiny gap in the corner that was eliminated by the bending of the soft silicone into the socket.
At only 40 cm in height, Bella is noticeably smaller than my other 1/4 BJDs, including my Bergemann Ambriel. An outfit for my Planetdoll Tara was much too big for Bella, but some clothing that was designed to fit Goodreau BJDs did fit her quite well. Clothing designed for a busty slim mini 1/4 girl would not likely work, but some MSD clothing designed for child dolls and (according to the artist) any Unoa size fashions should fit. In addition, Bo has worked with numerous BJD fashion designers who can make custom clothing, several of whom take commissions.Bella is a versatile doll that should be able to carry off everything from period girl’s clothing to current day looks.
While trying different clothing on Bella, I picked out a variety of wig colors to go with each outfit, all of which looked good on her. Most wig colors should suit Bella well. All of the wigs I used were stretchy 7/8 size, and they did not slip around on her somewhat large round head.
Limited Bella is no longer available from Bergemann Dolls, but she was such a popular sculpt that the artist created a younger version of her. Baby Bella will be released in a new pudgy toddler/pre-schooler 1/6 size “baby fat” body with improved pose-ability. She will fit in most Yo-SD size fashions. The artist plans to release new Baby Bella soon.
Photo above: Bella (left) next to Ambriel
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