You may have seen Sara recently in my latest Showcase of the Green HG Glass Eyes.
Today, she’s going to help me introduce a new product to you and it’s one we are pretty excited about!
Recently you may have noticed that we released a new Eye Putty! This new putty comes in two colors, White and Normal, and is vastly improved over the old putty in hold and ease of use. I’ve been switching out all of our display dolls and I even picked up some for my SDs at home!
So, today I am going to show you how to change your SD’s eyes from hot glue removal to inserting the new eyes, using the new putty. Follow below for the tutorial!
First thing you’ll need to do is gather up your supplies.
Your Super Dollfie
Tissue, Paper Towel, or Towel (for cleaning excess hot glue or thinner.)
Now you are ready to start!
Take of your SD’s head. This will give you so much more control, not only when removing the glued eyes, but also when inserting the new ones!
This is similar to what the inside of your SDs head will look like with the hot glue and eyes inside. There may be more or less glue, depending on your doll and who did it. I did this one so it’s kind of messy, please ignore that.
You’re working in a well-ventilated area right? Well I hope so, because this next step stinks!
Now, dip your tool into the thinner. You will want a fair amount on the tool, but not so much that it drips. Keep the cap on the thinner. It smells really bad and can make you lightheaded even if you are working in a well-ventilated area.
Take your head in your opposite hand and slide the tool gently in between the hot glue and the resin of your doll’s head.
You will want to use some pressure, but don’t push hard as it may cause our hand to slip and you could damage the eyes, your doll’s head, or yourself!
If glue builds up on your tool you can dip it in the thinner and wipe it clean with your tissue, towel, etc.
Be very, very careful! I can not stress enough to be careful! Patience is the key here. Some glue may come off right away, but some glue may require that you work at it, sliding your tool between it and your head, getting more thinner at each pass. Glass eyes will usually be a bit easier since the hot glue will not stick to them like it will the acrylic eyes.
Eventually you will get both eyes out. Most likely there will be some glue in the bottom of the eye well. Use the same techniques you did for the other glue to gently scrape away at the glue. When you are finished, wipe away any excess thinner with your tissue, cloth, etc.
A note: Try not to get the thinner on the doll’s face! Although it shouldn’t directly harm the makeup it may leave slight discoloration or marks on the face. If this happens there isn’t much you can do so we suggest preventing it.
Look at how clean that is! Not every doll will get this clean. Some will have pieces of glue lingering, but as long as they do not interfere with your doll’s eyes it will be fine. If it bothers you, you can remove it using an Eye Beveler of a correct size (this will damage any inserted eyelashes, so take them out if you do it.)
Sara is now ready for her new eyes.
Here is your first look at our new putty! You can see that I have already started using it. I told you, I like it a lot!
This particular color is the Pureskin Normal type. The two putty colors are meant to correspond with our Pureskin Normal and White skin tones.
It may not look like a lot, but a little goes a long way.
The first thing you will do is take a small piece about the size of a pea (or even a bit smaller) and knead it until it becomes warm and more pliable. Once you have done this, roll it into a small ball.
Place your putty pea in the bottom of your doll’s eye well, like so.
Press your eye into the putty, squashing it down. Your eye should be held in place just enough so that it doesn’t fall out.
Make sure that the eye is flush against the eye well on the other side, with no gaps showing, and that it is approximately in the position that you want it.
Now, take a larger piece of putty and knead that like you did with the first. When it’s nice and pliable, roll it into a snake shape like you might have done playing with clay as a kid!
Next, wrap your long piece (snake) around the top and sides of the eye. It’s great if it can go all the way, or most of the way around.
Once your long piece is wrapped around your eye you need to squish it into place with your fingers. No other tools needed!
Don’t use too much pressure here as you don’t want to dislodge your eye. Try to use just enough pressure to squish down the putty and mold it around the eye to hold it into place. It should still be fairly warm and pliable from before, so this shouldn’t be difficult.
Repeat the process for your other eye!
Do any last minute adjustments to your eyes, also readjusting your putty if you need to, and then you are done! You can reattach your SD’s head! Yay!
I really hope you found this tutorial helpful and that our new eye putty works as well for you as it has for me!
Remember that you can always direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you next time!