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Wiggle (Googly) Follow Me Eyes! (Tutorial with Peectures!) 
10th-Jul-2007 01:04 pm
valdyr and beetlejuice
Well, you know me. I'm poor, so I try to find the cheapest ways to get my desired effects on a fursuit. And I have shocked myself by finding a way to make follow-me eyes with wiggle eyes, those ugly little things that I so despise.

Edit: I made a photo tutorial, so now its not just words!

First, will show you shots of my prototype, then of the actual eye on the head. Then, I will tell you how its done.

The prototype was done on a 25mm wiggle eye, and I didn't take much care when creating it, as you can see.

On the mask itself, I used a 30mm wiggle eye and took care when creating it. ts placed on cheesecloth in a mask where I see out of the corners of the eye.

So here's how I did it:

Step 1: Cut into the backing with a penknife. Be careful not to scratch the clear plastic itself!

Step 2: Stick your penknife in and begin removing the backing as carefully as possible. You may have to trim the backing further after removing.

Step 3: Remove the backing, and the piece of plastic inside.

Step 4: Using your penknife or a pair of scissors, remove a bit of the clear plastic from a side. This IS necessary, and you will have problems later if you don't do this step.

Repeat steps 1-4 for a second wiggle eye.

Step 5: Score the plastic of ONE dome with a penknife so paint will stick.

Step 6: Paint. Use paint markers, acrylics, sharpies... A note, if you use a permanent ink marker, you must first paint the dome with white paint. Otherwise, it will be transparent.

Step 7: Add in your pupil. Try to get this as centered as possible; otherwise, the effect may not work.

Step 8: Carefully center the two pieces, one clear and unmarred, the other painted, and glue around the edge. If you get it too thick, trim the glue with a sharp pair of scissors when it dries. Be sure NOT to cover the vent ports.

Step 9: Test your eye.

Finally, attach to your mask with hot glue and cover with eyelids or whatnot.
NOTE: During this last stage, you will notice that the hot glue has caused the eye to fog up. That's what the ventilation ports are for. Give it some time, and the fogging will go away.

You can even paint the remaining edges of the backing, or the entire lower dome, to make sure that there is no ugly laying around.

This tutorial used two 40mm wiggle eyes.

And voila! You have some pretty decent, awesomely cheap follow-me eyes. So far I have noticed that, since the eyes are not a perfectly round surface, if you get a camera flash too close to the eye it will white it out with light. However, I don't foresee people often getting that close to your eye.

10th-Jul-2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
**claps** I applaud your genius! This is great <3 Very smart :) I might just try it out! <3333
10th-Jul-2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
XD Genius? Just desperateness <3 But yes, its definitely worth a shot. And if you have a really big head, or need huge eyes, they even come in 40mm size. Which is scary-big.
1st-Dec-2011 04:45 am (UTC)
Just picked up some 40mm eyes for my raven mask. They will work perfectly! Great tutorial. <3
10th-Jul-2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
neeeat :D i may have to try that!
10th-Jul-2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
That's a really awsome idea!! I'm going to have to play with the idea when I'm at a crafts store again ^^
10th-Jul-2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Neat! Some of the greatest creation comes from having almost nothing to create it from..
10th-Jul-2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
hmmm... perhaps the only thing i might ask is a photo by photo of each step.. *smiles*
10th-Jul-2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm tryng to get that going, but the camera that I have is being picky, despite being a fairly decent Canon. *smacks the camera*
10th-Jul-2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Alright, I think I might have gotten some decent pics so...
10th-Jul-2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm very impressed :o I'll have to give that a try.
10th-Jul-2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
I was too. And kind of frightened :o
10th-Jul-2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh I see! Took me a sec, very clever!
11th-Jul-2007 01:19 am (UTC)
oooh, i hope they add this to memories! i could totally utilize this on my next costume.

where did you get such large googly eyes?
11th-Jul-2007 02:00 am (UTC)
They sell a three-pack at my wal-mart that has three different sizes. There are 20 25mm eyes, 10 30mm eyes, and 8 40mm eyes. I used the 30 in my head and the 40 in the tutorial.

They have the same set at JoAnn online, and possibly in the stores, here: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2898&PRODID=prd1832

Of course, Wal Mart sells them for less.
12th-Jul-2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
I had this in mind when I went to the craft store today. I really like this idea, it seems to be a great alternative to using taxidermy eyes, which can get expensive. At least, for a semi-realistic look on a costume. I know it depends on the size of the head 'n' all, but I forgot what size you said you used and bought a pack of the 40mm and 35mm... do you think those might be too big?

Thanks for the great idea! I'm about to try this out. :D
12th-Jul-2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
I used 30mm in my current mask, but its a wolf and have fairly smallish eyes to begin with. 35 MM should be fine, and 40mm should work as well n.n
15th-Oct-2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
I know I'm posting on an old entry but...

I think you just solved my eye-crisis. :>
1st-Dec-2011 04:46 am (UTC)
This solved mine too :) Better late then never!
1st-Jan-2009 01:34 am (UTC)
This is the method I used on my first head attempt, and I have to say, it's genius :)
29th-Jul-2009 12:59 am (UTC) - Wow!
This is so cool, because I too am poor! Do you think that you could glue an image of an eye that you created on photoshop into it instead of painting or coloring it or would it not have the same effect?
27th-May-2011 05:29 am (UTC)
Instead of using a knife, you could use fine sandpaper or steel wool.

This is, without a doubt, an awesome idea; I've been looking for follow-me eyes that didn't need recessing, and these are lot more shallow than others that I've seen.
1st-Dec-2011 04:47 am (UTC)
I used sandpaper. Worked great. These eyes are good for after-thought additions: no need to remodel the mask for them, they are so flat!
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