I’m not even halfway through the Country Pinafore sewing project, yet I start another one. . . ? That’s right, I’m going to try my hand at making custom doll eyes! (｡◕‿◕｡)
I ordered these eye molds from Velvet Way on etsy. They arrived really quickly – not even a week after I ordered! They’re really soft and squishy silicone: firm enough to hold its shape, yet soft enough that it seems like it will be easy to unmold the cured eyes.
I bought two types: rounded-iris eyes in 14 and 16 mm (the smaller mold on the left) and flat-iris eyes in 20, 22, 24, and 26 mm (the larger mold on the right). The smaller eyes will probably fit MSD-size sculpts like my practice head, and the larger eyes will fit SD-size sculpts like Corinne.
An interesting thing to note is the difference between the iris styles. The rounded-iris style, like the smaller mold, will make more realistic-looking eyes that have depth to them like in this video.
The flat-iris eyes, on the other hand, will make more cartoon-style or anime-style eyes like these. You can use stickers to make the anime-style eyes, or paint them! I’m going to design and print my own stickers, so it should be fun!
Next I need to order resin and colorants (to make the whites of the eyes), so it might be a little while before the first attempt. Still, I’m excited that the molds are here! I think it’ll be a lot of fun to make custom eyes!
Would you try making your own custom BJD eyes? If you have, how did it go? Talk to me in the comments below!