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« on: December 06, 2006 03:17:13 PM »

It's an 8" long googly eye, made from free stuff, that really googles!

Behold it google left and right:




All you need is a two-liter soda bottle (for the "cornea"), a lid from a glass spaghetti sauce or jam jar (for the "pupil"), some white cardboard (for the "sclera"), scotch tape, and a decent pair of scissors.

Slap a couple of these babies on a child's toy chest...or one of them giant street-theater puppets. Basically, almost any surface could be improved by a giant googly eye.

This particular one was on a yard-long paper mache Chinese-New-Year-style dragon head (except it was a lot more kitschy and homemade-looking than the ones you see in parades. Also, it looked like a mouse head, but that is another story).

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1) Cut the "cornea" from a 2 liter soda bottle as follows:


2) Put it on top of a piece of white cardboard and trace around it, then cut on the line in order to make a "sclera" that matches the cornea:


3) Insert a jar lid between cornea and sclera.


4) Tape cornea to sclera. You're done!


Caution: Make sure the cornea dome is not so tall that the jam jar can flip over inside the eye and show the less pretty side.


Also, make sure the cornea dome is not so flat at the edge that the pupil gets stuck under it - this is why there was a second cut to the cornea in step 1, so it is more an oval-with-the-bottom-cut-off than a pure ovoid shape.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2006 03:53:23 PM »

What a great idea!  Thanks.  I'm not sure how, but I bet I will make use of this idea at some point.  How did you attach the eyes to the dragon's head?
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2006 04:04:10 PM »

I'm pretty sure I used Elmer's (you can see the drips under the eye).

It had to be something that would hold up to the head being jostled around a lot, as my housemate wore it on her shoulders in a small-town parade environment and shot a Supersoaker out of the mouth (at the announcer who got the name of our house wrong). All this was several years ago, so my memory is a little fuzzy (and the head itself is kinda dusty and scruffy looking now).
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2006 05:08:14 AM »

Thats too, too funny!!!!  Thanks for the idea of the super soaker too!!!  Do you happen to have a picture of the whole 'dragon' (with mousey head)?
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2006 02:43:03 PM »

Tragically, I don't have a whole-dragon pic - I'll look when I'm home for Christmas.

But I can say that, if you are making a Chinese-New-Year style dragon (or mouse), you really want to allot at least two linear yards of fabric per person, or you will be way too crowded. Also, you need to work out your snaking moves and practice them in advance, because once you get in the parade you might be next to a really loud band that precludes hearing directions from your "head" person. And finally, tying big cardboard claws to the top of your shoes is a nice touch, but they tend to come off if you dance vigorously.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2006 03:30:36 PM »

Thanks for the tips!!  I'm sitting here giggling because I'm picturing some poor deaf dragon  just wiggling away with no sense of direction.
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2006 03:34:21 PM »

very cool I love giant googley eyes ... very clever !
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2006 08:29:55 PM »

googly eyes, if only i had more uses for them.
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2006 12:26:37 PM »

What an insanely large googly eye! Very creative Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011 12:27:28 AM »

Hi,
I'm making a large monster face puppet theatre and think your eyes are great!  Could you tell me what did you use for the hair?
Sarah Mo
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