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« on: November 25, 2010 12:27:58 PM »

So, I've got an idea for an amigrumi that I'd like to make at some point, and I'm wondering about using safety eyes. 

1) Are they easy to locate?

2) Can I find them in any craft store? IE: JoAnn's or Michael's

3) Are they easy to use?  How would I use them?  Do you crochet around them?  Or do you just leave a little space and insert them in?

I've never used 'em before.  So all the info you've got would be amazing.
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010 01:18:11 PM »

I've never used them (or even seen them... maybe I shouldn't answer this. lol) but it's my understanding that the thing that makes them safe is that they're actually crocheted in... somehow the yarn goes through them and so they are added as you do that part of the face.

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2010 02:33:14 PM »

safety eyes will slip into any sc st. They are held in place with a locking washer that is placed on the inside of the head. I have tried numerous times to remove them, but you cannot without using cutters and destroying the metal washer. There are eyes that have a plastic washer, but I don't personally feel they are safe. You can find limited quantities at Michaels or JoAnns. I buy mine on line in quantity as I can get a better selection in size and eye color. You can also get clear eyes that have a black pupil and use acrylic paint or nail polish to make your own eye color. Here is a place I have purchased from
http://www.suncatchereyes.net/
also ebay
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2010 03:00:12 PM »

Ah, the metal locking washer makes sense!  I don't think I'd find the plastic ones safe, either...
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2010 10:17:58 PM »

JoAnns sells plastic safety eyes with plastic washers, which I favor for simple projects that only need solid black eyes. Plastic washers lock extremely well, and have yet to prove "unsafe" in my projects thusfar. If you want colored eyes though, definitely go with suncatcher eyes.

I like to place eyes after an item is crocheted and stuffed, but before it is sewn together. Put the shank between two stitches and find the position you like, then pull the stuffing out and push the washer on until it won't click anymore. Stuffing first gives you the best idea of how the finished product will look. Experiment with sizes, colors, and shapes (like cat-pupil eyes), just remember it's near impossible to remove the eyes once the washer is in place.

Probably too much info, but remember if you plan to machine wash your ami to put it in a drycleaning bag or pillowcase, because machines will scratch up eyes. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010 10:06:05 AM »

I have used the ones with the plastic washers most of the time and I agree it's near impossible to get the washer off once it is locked: kind of like a tie wrap but much sturdier. It only goes one way.

Probably too much info, but remember if you plan to machine wash your ami to put it in a drycleaning bag or pillowcase, because machines will scratch up eyes.

Good one, thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010 10:01:36 PM »

JoAnns sells plastic safety eyes with plastic washers, which I favor for simple projects that only need solid black eyes. Plastic washers lock extremely well, and have yet to prove "unsafe" in my projects thusfar. If you want colored eyes though, definitely go with suncatcher eyes.

I like to place eyes after an item is crocheted and stuffed, but before it is sewn together. Put the shank between two stitches and find the position you like, then pull the stuffing out and push the washer on until it won't click anymore. Stuffing first gives you the best idea of how the finished product will look. Experiment with sizes, colors, and shapes (like cat-pupil eyes), just remember it's near impossible to remove the eyes once the washer is in place.

Probably too much info, but remember if you plan to machine wash your ami to put it in a drycleaning bag or pillowcase, because machines will scratch up eyes. Hope this helps.

I thought I saw some the other day while I was putting stuff away, but I wasn't quite sure if that's what they were.  I know now, that's what they were.  I'll have to take a look after I get done with my shift. ((Conveniently, I work at JoAnn's)) Are they usually with the kid's craft stuff?  Like with the other jiggle eyes?

I'll have to keep that in mind.  I'll have to check suncatcher and see if they're a decent price. 

Thanks y'all!
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2010 02:29:21 PM »

I to have found that they plastic washers are just as safe as the metal washers.  And sadly, Joann's doesn't have that great of a selection.  You're choices are either brown or black  Sad  And Micheal's has none either.  I do like to use the black safety eyes to attatch limbs to my ami's though.  They work great and you know they won't come off!  Smiley 
I also have found that this seller on etsy has a nice selection as well (I think it used to be suncatcher eyes)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/6060
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2011 09:51:25 PM »

I do like to use the black safety eyes to attatch limbs to my ami's though.  They work great and you know they won't come off!  Smiley 
I also have found that this seller on etsy has a nice selection as well (I think it used to be suncatcher eyes)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/6060

Ah, that's actually a great idea. I never thought of doing that! I recently got a bunch of safety eyes in plain black from 6060's shop, an' I've been itching to try them out.
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2011 09:08:24 PM »

This is another great site to buy eyes and they deliver Internationally as well.

http://lisa.staton.home.insightbb.com/
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