Was just wondering what you all prefer to use for mini bear eyes, onyx beads or the wee glass eyes that come on a stem. I mentioned these as I'm using 2mm eyes at present and I don't think you can get them not on a stem. I've got use to using them but I'm almost out and thought maybe the onyx beads would be better.
Look forward to hearing what you all think.
I did find glass ones on a loop but they were the ball eyes and to be honest, I much prefer the onyx beads...I find with the little ones on the loop by the time you get the loop through, it's really hard not to pull the eye through with it.
Intercal have the nicest consistently good quality onyx bead eyes I've ever found....and theirs range from quite tiny to 2mm They are a little pricier but I never seem to get a dud one. Just be aware that like the glass eyes you do need to match your onyx beads as they vary in size.
If you needle-sculpt the eye sockets you can get them just as deeply set as glass eyes. Half the time I don't even need to needle sculpt as you can pull they onyx beads tight without worrying about them breaking like with the glass wires.
Oh - I use the monlycke goliath thread on the short cotton reel for putting onyx bead eyes in. (it's on a black spool instead of the normal grey one) - Most sewing stores stock it. I think it's almost always on the bottom row of the thread stand. It's not as fluffy as the metrosene and it doesn't break as easy as grizzly. It also holds in a really nice tight knot without slipping like some of the polyester strong threads do.(hope that all makes sense!!)
Like your avatar bear by the way!