Today’s project is one I’ve been wanting to try since before Christmas when my December 2013 issue of Polymer Cafe arrived.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that Santa is WAY too creepy for me. But I always read through all the step-by-step tutorials anyways, even if I’m not interested in the project, because you can learn something from everything, right?
Wow, was I glad I did, because as I was wondering where Kellie got those great glass eyes, I realized she’d not only made them out of polymer clay , but she’d shared with us how to do it.
The first step is to make a tool consisting of a 1/8-inch (that’s 3mm for you smart folks who use metric) doughnut shape on a stick. Sheesh, that’s one teeny-tiny doughnut.
This gets pressed into clay balls to make the shape of the iris and makes the pupil stand proud of the colored part of the eye. Since I’ve been into dragons and reptiles & such, I made one with an elongated hole for cat and reptile eyes. Once again I’m SO thankful for my magnifying lamp for doing such itty-bitty work.
I’d love to tell you more about the process, but it wouldn’t be right for me to share Kellie Mowat’s entire tutorial. You can pick up a back issue of the magazine if that’s something that interests you.
Wow, I am thrilled with how these came out, especially the bright colors of the reptile eyes. I think it’s time to make a dragon to fit. Now, should it have green eyes or yellow eyes?
Btw, the tutorial calls for using Fimo Liquid Gel (I think she meant Fimo Deco Gel?) and I did that on half the eyes I made and baked them. I want to try using Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Glos on the rest, but since the sun has gone down here, that will have to wait until tomorrow. Check back then, I promise to update!
Meanwhile, happy creating!
****** Update 3/21/2014 ******
Here are the results after using the Magic Glos on three other pairs of eyes. The upper row was done with Deco Gel and the lower row I did this morning with Magic Glos resin. It’s cured in UV light, so I stuck the eyes to a piece of cardstock, applied the resin and put them out in the sunshine for 20 minutes.
My findings comparing the two:
- no need for another oven baking step
- resin is perfectly crystal clear
- you need a $30 UV light or a sunny day to cure it
- you need to be especially careful of bubbles
Fimo Deco Gel:
- can be cured in any weather, without any additional equipment
- is slightly less expensive than Magic Glos
- not crystal clear (it can be cleared up a bit with a heat gun after baking, but it will never be as clear as resin)
- doesn’t dome as much as the resin
So I would use the Deco Gel in a pinch, if I absolutely had to get something done at night and crystal clarity wasn’t an issue. Otherwise I definitely prefer the Magic Glos.
Ok, I’m off today to buy some more black and white polymer clay (and probably some other colors, too.)