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Making painted eyeballs for BJDs by scargeear Making painted eyeballs for BJDs by scargeear
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Tutorial on making a painted eyes for BJDs that have no transparent lens. Looks very nice if properly painted.
Для русскоязычных: если вы заинтересовались туториалом - пожалуйста, не делайте двойную работу по переводу, читайте оригинал тутора здесь: [link]
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I never thought of doing this! I might give it a try!!! Thank you!!
scargeear Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :hug:
Your eyes are wonderful. Now you need to learn to add UV Resin which will given them the glass/lifelike look you are wanting. It is just another step and it will make your eyes wonderfully alive. I think you will be thrilled with adding this step to your process. It comes from a Doll maker who offers this as a free Tutorial and has updated her Tutorial to using UV Resin

Thank you for sharing your Tutorials with us :)
scargeear Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dear snowonthetops!
Thank you very much for your kind words!
I know about bakeable mediums but it's totally not my material. Never had success with them. I even don't have the oven in my new flat.
FreakY-KiD-RoxY Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, I've always wanted to make eyes!!!
Is it possible to get a glossy highlight without painting it on, just glossing with varnish? so the glossy highlight comes from the light source on the glossy finish? did that make any sense? Sorry, english is not my natural language and I don't understand russian ^^'
these eyes look a lot more detailed than normal BJD eyes, I find that I really like this.
Did you also make the head?
scargeear Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, it's possible to get a highlight just glossing the eyeball and properly turn it to the light, it's the reflex that you can't get without the lens.
I like the fact that the artist could control the level of details on the iris, too)) I tried my best but a person with a steady hand and a magnifier always could beat me!)))
English is not my native either but I hope my explanation make sense.
Yes, I made the head, you've probably seen it already.
if you wanted, it probably wouldn't be too hard to make a corneal lens by placing a drop of clear resin over the iris- the surface tension would keep it domed ant he eyes might have better "tracking" afterwards.
scargeear Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didn't state it here but mentioned in my blog: if the resin is placed and something goes wrong (bubbles etc.) the whole piece should be redone, including the eyeballs. And I redid these certain eyes TWICE in the one evening, the whole number of trials was three.
I just don't like 2-part liquid epoxies, sorry. I tried the method you describe but got a lot of bubbles.
Transparent acrylic varnish is not an option too as it requires > 10 layers to form a proper lens and fells soft to the touch in the end.

As you may see I do my research thoroughly.
ok. i really do admire your work, and i can understand the whole "not wanting to re-do it" thing.
scargeear Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe I'll find a 1-part transparent medium someday, like a liquid glass, that allows to work easily, but I never saw such stuff before...
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