Thursday, January 27, 2011

The eyes have it....

well, ... sort of.... guess we'll see when I get around to trying to use some for my next dolly.

I've been looking for some eyes without the whites.... and there don't seem to be many out there.  Or... maybe I haven't quite figured out yet how to track them down.  They must be out there ...somewhere...

Two doll making buddies did share their sites ...but, while I am looking... I also decided ...perhaps I can make some of my own.

My first simple attempts.... just colouring with pencil crayons... on water colour paper.  Wetting it down a bit.  Adding a pupil with a Pigma pen.

Then...using Glossy Accents.... dropping on some gloss.  The first few I did a couple of separate applications.  Began just covering the colour with a thin coating.   Then... after it has completely dried... at least 24 hours to make sure...added a second drop and on one set of eyes...a third layer.
You can see on the middle set of eyes.... they are getting progressively higher ... I was thinking to make them about as bumped up as the left eye....  but, you can also see that my blobs are not perfectly done on top of the other layer of gloss.















At first the Glossy Accents looks cloudy and murky...and seems to magnify the size of the pupil...but, when dry... it's clear and glossy and the pupil looks exactly the size I made it in the first place.
I like this stuff for several different things.  Some of you may remember I used it for the glass on my white rabbit's watch.

Just to demonstrate...the middle pair and also the lower right...have just recently been dolloped on.  Still cloudy looking 'til they dry.  Also, the eyes on the lower right I tried using only one single large drop instead of several layers  ...a large, slow drop  .. to keep it from overflowing the outside edge of my colour and also so that I don't have to try to keep it exactly on top of the first layer.. ...we'll see how it dries.  Seems to be staying in position at the moment.  I don't think it will spread out now... but, we'll see.  If so...that's definitely the way to go with my experimental eyes.  One good drop.















My next trick will be to learn how to cut around them perfectly...or see if I can find a punch that can punch them out without ruining them..or without hiding them in a portion of the punch from whence it cannot be retrieved!  lol....















Here's looking at you, kid!  Ack...scary eyeball ! ... big pupil... totally distorted til it dries... hahahha....

15 comments:

Twiglet said...

How clever is that!! I have never used Glossy accents - it sounds like versatile stuff! Your header pic is really useful.

Twiglet said...

Useful? I meant beautiful, but I am watching "The Arctic" on tv and was distracted!!

Buttons said...

Cool Eyes you are very smart. B

Daisy said...

Making good eyeballs seems to be a real art!

Catherine said...

Well who knew a person could make some eyeballs! Very fun!
xo Catherine

Judi W. said...

So now you've got me thinking. Not sure what you are going to use these for but how about building one on top of a screw that has been given a polymer clay base? Then you can have the iris a solid color by using different clays and you can insert the eye into a socket. I might have to try this myself!

Shashi Nayagam said...

It is a brilliant idea and as Judi says worth a try on clay.
Oh by the way what are these accents called any brand names you have got for me?

frayedattheedge said...

Ooooooh - all those eyes are a bit creepy - but well done for making them!

Leslie said...

Very cool! Do you think you could cut around the eye, wet the paper on the back of the eye (after it has completely dried) and rub the paper off like an image transfer?

Abi said...

Nice idea - they look good. Not sure if you've met Marina - she recently did a tutorial on making eyes, which I posted to the ADO blog - here...

http://artdollsonly.blogspot.com/2010/12/toot-toot-tutorial_18.html

Have fun!!!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Oh Vee, you are too much! Love the eyes. Hey maybe you can make me some contacts while you are at it! LOL
Hugs

Linda said...

So clever - I would never have thought of doing that!!

Kat_RN said...

That is a creative idea. How will you fasten them on?
Kat

BIKY said...

i make my own eyes for my dolls

yours they look so good

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm having fun looking at your blog...and then I STOPPED! When I saw Tucker...I stopped! That was my maiden name and it really made me stop..and SMILE! ♥♥♥