DIY Dollfie Dream eyes
Today I want to share a tutorial about creating your own DIY Dollfie Dream eyes.
Because sometimes there aren’t the “right ones” available. For me the eyes of a doll are an important part, if not one of the biggest. The fact that I am very unsure about some eyes of my dolls does not help either. So why not making your own DIY Dollfie Dream eyes? In this first tutorial we will use resin and silicon molds for the eyes.
In this DIY Dollfie Dream eyes tutorial we will use some silicon mold out from a shop. So this tutorial is very easy and great for beginners, or those who want to start right away! 🙂
Prepare your materials
Get some flat space ready where you can work on and leave your material later. First you should make sure all your silicon molds are clean, dry and free from dust. Lay some paper towels underneath. If you want to and be sure nothing will get through the paper towels you can put some aluminum foil under.
1. Mix the resin
Get all your materials, some additional paper towel ready and put on your gloves. Now you can start mixing the resin together. Depending on what resin you use, the mixing ratio vary. Some resin doesn’t need to be mixed at all. Please be sure to use the right amount and work according the security advice from your product!
Is your resin well mixed and ready? Time to add color – now you can put the pigment color of your choice into the resin. Usually white is the color to go with. But you can also get crazy and mix up the colors you want to.
Less is more – just use a few drops of the color to see if it is enough. You can still add some color later on if it is not the color or saturation you wanted.
2. Into the mold
So now we have the resin in our desired color and saturation. The next step is to put it in the silicon mold. To prevent little bubble around the edges you can use your toothpicks. I recommend to just fill only a bit of the resin into the mold and using the toothpick to “put” the material in every corner. If you want to get extra sure you can use a lighter to pop the bubbles which are on the surface. You don’t have to burn the material, some light “strokes” with the flame ofer the material is enough.
Put your material in step by step. When finsihed wait a few minutes, some air bubbles might appear, use your lighter again.
If you have some additional mold for the dome of the eyes you can make some with clear resin. Don’t worry if not, We will come back to that point later on if not. Put your plastic box on top of the mold to prevent more dust falling into them.
4. Curing of the resin
In my case the resins needs to cure 3 days. But as said before this depends on which exact resin you use. For me I had bad experiences with UV Resin for this part. The eye mold themselves were too thick /deep to get enough UV light to cure well. Even after days it was still a liquid (besides the hard top thanks to the uv light). You might get a better result however, using UV resin step by step! UV resin* is very usefull for some coating or doming!
So now you have some time to create the design of the eyes.
5. Design your eyes
I recommend using a graphic or painting program (like photoshop or PAINT TOOL SAI) to design your own eyes. But of course you can even draw them yourself in real. Another advice is when you create them try to create them in a bigger size, so you can vary the size later on without losing quality. And also so that you can experiment with the sizes for your eyes. Because you will print them out later, use a resolution of 300 dpi.
To prevent big differences between your screen and print you can work in CMYK color space. If you have the print profile of your printer even better! As normal printer can not print all the colors you can see on your screen. Usually the designs are not as bright. Keep in mind that the dome of the eye will create a magnifying glass kind of effect, while you design your eyes.
I used some glossy photopaper and printed several eyes and different sizes on it.
6. Getting the eye ready
Is the resin ready and hard? So now is the time to finish the eyes! Get them out of the silicon mold and take a closer look if everything worked out well. Especially keep an eye out for big bubbles. Cut your designs out and glue them into your eye base. Best with a transparent glue and one that is not too “aggressive” to your printing, so that it won’t destroy the printout.
On top of it comes the clear dome. Maybe you have to attach it to the eye aswell.
No mold for dome?
So if you don’t had a mold for the dome you can also use some more resin to drop in it. Be careful and use not too much, just as much to create a dome and a little 3D effect. UV resin is very good for this, as it dries fast as you won’t need to much!
And there you go with your Dollfie Dream DIY eyes 🙂 !
My experiences & some last advices
I had extreme fun creating the eyes, especially because of the handicraft part. However I have to say even after a few runs and time I was not able to make a 100% sure the quality would be good enough for every batch and eye. Usually there were a few eyes with bubbles in every batch! And that is sometimes very annoying, as I had to wait 3 days in a row, only to find some eyes not being good enough. (However I gave you above a link with a faster curing resin, which I had good experiences with)
I also tried other different methods and materials. But that’s for another post then. Thanks for coming by and have fun creating your DIY Dollfie Dream eyes! If you have any further questions I hope I can help. And as always I’m open for tipps and advices too 🙂
Also thanks for River for sharing the cool etsy store and giving an inspiration for this tutorial!
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