WHAT ABOUT EYES?
Which is best? Glass? Plastic? Beads? Felted?
I thought that this little doxie’s eyes came out nicely and they are ….plastic!!
Yes there are very nice plastic eyes available. I do usually use black glass eyes for most of my dogs, but some dogs have soft brown or amber colored eyes or even blue!
Before you glue STOP! DON’T USE FAST DRYING GLUE LIKE KRAZY GLUE OR SUPER GLUE! If you use colored eyes the paint reacts instantly with the paint on the eyes and turns bright shocking un-dog like colors. Know of any dogs with shocking orange eyes? These glues are good for black glass eyes as they don’t react. I use the Krazy Glue that has a brush. It doesn’t dry out that way and you can apply just the amount that you like.
Before you glue, be sure to make a socket for the eye. Felt a little hole to insert the eye into it so the eye isn’t sitting on top of the face. I ALWAYS mark my eyes with straight pins that have a black ball on the end. Be sure that if you draw a line up the middle of the dogs face, that each eye is the same distance from the middle. Also they should be even if you draw a line across.
Ooops!! Spilled the milk. Poor Buster is in trouble now! He is an American Hairless Terrier.(AHT)
It’s much easier to move the pins around until you get the placement just right BEFORE gluing the good eyes in. Of course, you can needle felt the eyes also. I prefer the glass as they make a realistic shine. I did use black beads for a long time until I could invest in glass eyes. I buy my eyes from JNCSHOP on Etsy. Just click on the dropdown box there and type in JNCSHOP. Tell him Gerry sent you! Thanks!