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Ivyworks Ivyworks Artistry
Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 253

Howdy folks! I'm looking to try painting my own glass eyes for the first time and need a good tutorial on how to go about it. I checked the Library for posts that would help me, but there wasn't really anything there to help me from start to finish. I'm a visual learner, so a tutorial with a video or pictures would be ideal. Let me know if there's anything out there, thanks!  bear_grin

Francesca KALEideaSCOPE
Rheinfelden
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I'm also experimenting on eye painting, and was considering the other day that I might as well do a visual of my experiments on the blog...I'm no expert at all, but I would be happy to share my 'findings' as I go. I will let you know when I have done it!  bear_original

Ivyworks Ivyworks Artistry
Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 253
dangerbears Dangerbears
Wisconsin
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Here's one tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d3YfHgjCQc

Emma's bears did some others, so you could contact her as well.

Becky

jenny Three O'clock Bears
warwickshire uk
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When you say starburst eyes...do you mean the ones with glitter ?
If so you know you can add a bit of glitter to nail polish and just paint the eye with that. I just use a needle to scratch the back after the polish is dry then paint it black all over the back ..that makes it look realistic
I thought Paula Carter had posted photos on here of how to do it.....

Francesca KALEideaSCOPE
Rheinfelden
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That is exactly how I did mine. I must say it is quite easy, and it looks good, it adds depth to the eye, and it is more realistic. The video tutorial is good, very well explained.  bear_original

Ivyworks Ivyworks Artistry
Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 253

I watched the tutorial Becky posted, and it doesn't say anything about adding black polish to the back after your done, but I'll try that when I go to do it. So far, from what I understand, the technique is as follows:

1) Paint back of clear glass eye with glitter nail polish, let dry;
2) Paint darker shade of nail polish colour (brown, green, blue, etc), let dry a bit, but not completely;
3) Take a pin and scrape lines from the pupil out, all around the eye;
4) Paint lighter shade of nail polish, let dry a bit, then repeat last step;
5) Take black nail polish and paint over everything


That about sums up what I've taken in so far, does that sound right to you ladies? I want to make sure I'm not missing any steps, I don't want to muck anything up. The upside though, if I do end up mucking it up, I have a good supply of nail polish remover at home!  bear_tongue  If I nail down the technique, I may just make a step-by-step photo guide on how to do it for the Library section.  bear_thumb

Francesca KALEideaSCOPE
Rheinfelden
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The first time I tried it, I was eager to do the 'starbust' thing but had no transparent eyes yet. What I did is;
take a pair of blue glass eyes
paint them with glittery gold nail polish
let it dry
scratch it with a pin (like in the video)
paint with black nail polish.

The glittery gold gave depth and spark to the blue, the black under the scratched parts gave a realistic touch to the eye. bear_thumb
I have to buy more nail polish in many colours and try on my new clear glass eyes.
It's fun!

Donna Donna's Duin Bruins
Burbank, CA
Posts: 900

In the library, this topic has been discussed.  It is not a tutorial but just an explanation of how to paint the eyes.
http://www.teddy-talk.com/viewtopic.php?id=351
Donna

Ivyworks Ivyworks Artistry
Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 253

Francesca, I own over 100 colours of nail polish, prettymuch the entire rainbow, and then some  bear_tongue I've a bit of a nail polish addiction, hehe. I should remember to take picutres of my nails when I paint them and show them off, I do a lot of neat things to them. I don't do much nail art these days as my nails have become brittle and break all the time due to the pills I take for my auto immune disease, blah  bear_noexpression I find nail strengtheners and things like that help a bit, but they still tend to rip and break with the slightest provocation. Good thing I have about a million other hobbies and addictions to focus on, eh?  bear_grin  bear_tongue

Francesca KALEideaSCOPE
Rheinfelden
Posts: 1,306
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That is interesting. To me, nail polish is something from another world. Meaning that my nails are short, chipped and definitely NOT glamorous. I better stick with trying to make EYES glamorous...my nails are beyond help!  bear_original

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