Craft Project for Halloween July 24, 2016Posted by Ubi Dubium in Crafts.
Tags: Crafts, DIY, eyeballs, fun, Halloween, Holidays
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.
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.
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,
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:
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:
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:
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.