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Annie38
« on: July 19, 2013 12:22:47 PM »

I have readied where people are using size 15 to 18 in eyes but what kind of eyes are they Glass Eyes or Plastic Safety Eyes and how do you put them in.Is there a tutorial on eyes if so can someone show me where it my be or tell me how to use the eyes Thank You
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013 02:39:28 PM »

I think a lot of people use safety eyes. To put them in you basically snip a teeny tiny hole then put the post through the fabric and push the plastic washer up the post.  There are other ways though. Here are some tutorials that are related to this:

Handmade Safety Eyes   

Changing normal safety eye into an eyeball and how to insert it

Poppet Eyelids
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013 03:30:07 PM »

Thank You  Jungrrl
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013 10:03:51 PM »

I was really unsure about this at first too! I knew I wanted to do safety eyes, but wasn't sure the way to make them look really good, or even what size to buy. I do like jungrrl says, but I'm going to elaborate a bit because I do a few additional things...

First, I make dots on the face where I want the eyes, measuring to be equally distant from the seam, then I make the tiniest clip possible on the dots.
Next, I load "eyeliner" (identical cut pieces of ultrasuede) onto the shank of a safety eye, if I'm doing make-up. I cut the eyeliner pieces how I want them before the next step.
Then I push the shank of the safety eye through the tiny hole in the Poppet head, which widens it to fit perfectly.
After the eye is in, I use a tip I found on an amigurumi site. I add a piece of cushy fabric to the inside. I basically cut a small hole in the cushy fabric and add it to the shank on the inside of the Poppet's head. As I understand it, this is supposed to smooth the appearance of the safety eye shank. I don't know if it's necessary, but it is easy.
Finally, I add the shank (press it on hard!).

BUT, I'm not done, because after that I stuff the head very firmly, and then thread a needle. I try to use the needle catch up the cushy fabric on the inside of the head and anchor it to the neck hole. It takes a couple of strokes. I do this totally optional step to try to sink the eyes in a little because I want my Poppets to look more realistic.

Then, as for what safety eyes to buy, I got 12mm to use on my Poppets, but 15mm for my house elves (but, for the elves I followed the eyeball tutorial that jungrrl recommended above). I liked the 12mm size especially because I didn't have any stretch to my fabric.

Here is a link to my first Poppet, where I wasn't very successful with getting any depth to the eye, but it shows the eyeliner I made, which I would be happy to explain more.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=592039&ppuser=320939#axzz2ZYWynDHZ

Really I ought to just get ambitious and whip up a Poppet head then give it some eyes for tutorial fodder.
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2013 04:57:14 AM »

I use both safety eyes and I sketch mine eyes on some poppets as well, I suppose it depends on what kind of poppet and what look I'm going for.... the tutorials that jungrrl posted up are the same ones I learned how to do it from, aside from the poppet eyelids which took me forever to figure out (perhaps I'm just stupid?), everything else was perfectly easy to understand even with a toddler distracting you xD
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2013 10:19:29 AM »

Thank You all for the help
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