I have been wanting to play around with the wonderful oval glass doll eyes on one of
my bears, I remember working with these eyes when I use to do reborns, but I was putting
the eyes in from inside the head. I see a lot of bears with these type eyes, but how are they
attaching them to a bears head other than using glue.
I suppose you could set them in with Apoxie Sculpt? Make your eye sockets nice and deep and then put in a little AP. Press the eye into the socket and then either sculpt some more AP around the outside to make eyelids, or wait until it has cured and then needle-felt, or whatever you would normally do to make eyelids. This is only a suggestion - I have never tried it myself.
An alternative might be to buy plain white glass eyes on loops (you get them from a taxidermy supplier), and paint your own irises onto them. You would get the doll eye effect, but you could attach them in the normal way.
I will also sit and wait for some tips- I have in the past purchased some tools from a taxidermist supplier in the USA- Nancy Tillberg mentions some taxidermist suppliers at the back of one of her books. Must go and have a look at their site maybe they mention a way of attaching the eyes.
The doll eyes I used for my "Uggs" range I just glue on and needle felt around- yet I will still have to learn much more about this application.
I was thinking the same thing What exactly is apoxie sculpt? A type of glue/clay?
This is a bear I made recently, with a muzzle sculpted from Apoxie Sculpt.
Apoxie Sculpt is a two-part epoxy clay; you mix equal amounts together and then you can model and sculpt with it. It cures at room temperature in about three hours - 24 hours for full cure. While it is in it's malleable state, you can use water to smooth it and even to dilute it to the consistancy of a paste. When cured, you can drill, carve, sand it, and it takes acrylic paint very well.
I bought some on Ebay but if you do a google search, you'll find in on several websites.
I haven't used it yet, but I was wondering . . . how do you attach it to the bear? Does it stick to the mohair if you apply it before it sets up? Do you insert wire to sew it to the bear? or do you make small holes to sew it to the bear? I don't want to use any glue. So, I was wondering how others do this.
I think I recall that Judi may use E6000 to glue in her eyes. I hope she corrects me if I am mistaken. It is a really strong glue both in adhering and smell so be careful. I used it to glue some wood moulding onto ceramic tile and it is bomb proof !!!!
I have some doll eyes and was thinking of making a small clay base with a wire loop inserted. You could bake it onto the eye , or use apoxy sculpt directly on the eye backing and air dry. It just may work ???? From what I hear the apoxy sculpt sticks permanently to anything. I have a really hard time with the smell. It almost makes me gag, weird as it isn't that strong really.
EDITED: I see Judi has since posted her method in the " what size doll eyes to use" thread.
Shane is right, E6000 is available at Michael's in the glue section. It is considered and industrial strength glue. I think it is about $8-11 a tube if I remember correctly. It is a silvery grey tube with big white letters E6000 on it. I find the smell strong and it actually states on the tube that it is "know to cause cancer in California" . So use in a well ventilated area The smell does go away afterwhile when it is used to adhere something.
Hi all. I made this bear ages ago but used doll eyes. I needlesculpted the area to make a place for it to go. I took the back off the eye to make it flatter. I then glued it and needlefelted around it to make eyelids and make it secure. I'm sure there are better ways but thats how I did it at the time.
I use doll eyes quite often - both blown glass and the flat oval ones. Definitely easier with the flat ones.
I usually thread sculpt the eye area first, then needle felt a flat area. After that, I needle felt around the eye to make the socket while holding the eye in place. I did this bear with this method. You don't need glue to keep them in if you firmly sculpt the wool around the eyes, but you might want it to hold them in place while you sculpt.
Another way I've attached doll eyes is to make a deep socket with thread sculpting, then made a leather eyelid (top & bottom lids) and sewn this on with the eye in place.
I've seen another way that I haven't tried yet. That is where you make slits in the fur/fabric, where the eyes are going to go, finish the edges, and insert the eyes inside the head. Then I'm guessing you would use thread sculpting to get the eyes to look in the direction you want.
Hope these ideas help!