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Craft Project for Halloween July 24, 2016

Posted by Ubi Dubium in Crafts.
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I love making stuff.  I can knit, crochet, quilt, cross-stitch, sew, bead, and I’m generally game to tackle any sort of craft that doesn’t require heavy equipment.  (No space for that in my house.)  With working full-time, I can’t really take on any big projects these days, so I’ve tended towards smaller stuff.  Socks instead of sweaters, that idea.  Well, October of last year I had an idea for a project I wanted to do.  But I needed realistic looking eyeballs to make it work, and I couldn’t find them anywhere.  Even online all I could find was clearly fake cartoonish ones, bleah.

So I decided that if I needed realistic fake eyeballs for this year, I’d need to make them myself.  Sorry I don’t have every step-by step photo of this, but I didn’t think to  take photos until I was nearly done.

I started with some cheap ping-pong balls.  A box of six was plenty.

Cheap Ass Ping Pong Balls

Using an x-acto knife I carefully scraped off the logo from each.  I wanted them to be as translucent as possible, so I cut them in half with the same knife, giving me two nice white hemispheres from each.  Then from Google I found a page of realistic irises and printed them out in color.

 

Eyeballs for Halloween

I carefully cut out the irises I wanted, and cut several radial slits into each to accommodate the curve of the ball.  I suppose you should probably use mod-podge to glue them onto the top of each hemisphere, but what I had on hand was regular glue-all and that worked fine.

But that’s not realistic looking enough – eyes have veins in the white parts.  So I got out two colors of red yarn,

Yarn and Clear Nail Polish and took a small snip from each and teased them out into individual fibers.  Then I coated the rest of the surface of the ping-pong ball with a thin coat of glue and laid just a few fibers into it.  Tweezers were good for this.  Once this all dried here’s the result:

closeup unpolished

 

Pretty good, but not shiny enough to look real.  So I added two coats of clear nail polish to the whole thing, and then another coat for the iris.  Here’s one completed:

closeup shiny

 

Just what I was after!  This isn’t cartoony at all, so the creepiness factor is much better.  I made a dozen of these, all different colors:

Eyeballs

So what are they all for?  Let’s just say I’m planning to have the most unsettling Jack-o-Lantern in the neighborhood this year!  If it comes out well I’ll post a picture of it then.

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1. Quixie - July 24, 2016

OMP – this is AMAZING! ❤ it. You are very talented.

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Ubi Dubium - July 24, 2016

Aww, thanks!

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Quixie - July 25, 2016

I hope to see more posts on your crafty adventures in the future. 😀

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2. Carmen - July 24, 2016

Well, those are just the most clever things I’ve ever SEEN! Always looking for Hallowe’en ideas and have shown them to one of my daughters. .. Kids love that sort of thing! 🙂 Thanks!

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