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yeahshop
« on: May 17, 2011 06:01:58 AM »

A safety eye usually has two parts, the eye and the washer to fix the eye on the doll. For the sake of safety, the washer must join firmly with the eye and should not be pulled out with manual effort. Toy factories usually have machines and tools to install safety eyes. We craft lovers do not have these machines or tools, so we have to find a solution. Now I am going to show you how to install safety eyes with easy-to-find tools.


Tools Required & Demonstrated Eyes:

* Pliers (or hammer)
* Pen cap
* Soft cloth
* 12mm safety eyes


Steps:

1. Place the washer over the cap hole, with the fluted side up.

2. Insert the eye into the washer hole.
Note: Make sure you have place the eye at the right place of the doll before doing this, or it is very difficult to pull it out.

3. Use the soft cloth to protect the eye from being scratched.

4. Hammer at the cloth to push the eye into the washer.
Note: Please do not use too much force, or the eye may be broken.

Now, the eye and the washer are joined together firmly.



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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011 06:16:38 AM »

Nice tutorial but perhaps it would be better if you showed it with fabric between the eye and washer? This is a bit confusing, I can see people setting their eyes into the washers as shown and then wondering how to get them onto their doll or toy.
I usually use my fingers to put them together and very rarely have any trouble but there are those eyes every once in a while, especially the really small ones, that you need a tool to assemble them with. I'll remember this, thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011 06:22:36 AM »

Nice tutorial but perhaps it would be better if you showed it with fabric between the eye and washer? This is a bit confusing, I can see people setting their eyes into the washers as shown and then wondering how to get them onto their doll or toy.
I usually use my fingers to put them together and very rarely have any trouble but there are those eyes every once in a while, especially the really small ones, that you need a tool to assemble them with. I'll remember this, thanks.

Thank you for your suggestion! I forgot to place fabric when taking photos. Sad
I have another method which will show fabric between the eye and washer. I will post it soon. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011 06:25:53 AM »

Excellent! This tutorial is great for people who actually pay attention to instructions. If they are like me they just glance at the pictures and give it a try, then end up wondering what went wrong Cheesy!
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011 06:29:30 AM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2011 09:07:43 PM »

You can also use a bottle cap instead of a pen cap. Just need to do one more step: drill a hole in the bottle cap.

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Dubem Jabilo
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011 09:09:50 AM »

Hello Friend,



Many many thanks to sharing your information. A safety eye usually has two parts, the eye and the washer to fix the eye on the doll. For the sake of safety,


Thanks for Advance
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011 08:27:22 AM »

Thanks so much for this. It will help solve the mystery that is safety eyes.  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2011 10:33:59 AM »

After reading this, I'm glad I haven't tried to install safety eyes on anything but my monster wallet (simple seed stitch rectangle sewed so it formed a pocket with a flap and a button hole..I added eyes, two yellow buttons for 'nostrils' and white felt teeth) because the first time I tried to put the eyes on, I don't think I did it right and was able to pull the washer right off the back of the eyebolt.
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