This article will show you the ingredients and steps in making custom eyes (Green Eyes | Blue Eyes | Brown Eyes). You can make them for yourself, or give them as presents! It is a very easy process yet produces amazing results.
INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS NEEDED FOR EACH EYE SET
– 2 pairs of round glasses with plain glass lenses (If needed, colored lenses may be purchased online.) – One pair should be slightly larger than the other pair. This helps determine how much space there is between the two irises of each eye when finished. – Acrylic paint in desired colors – Paintbrushes – Scissors – Small towel and cup of water.
SYSTEMATIC INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE THE EYES
1. Wear the two pairs of glasses, placing them one over the other with no lenses facing inward. In this way, you can determine which pair is larger by how much space there is between the eyes.
2. Remove the glasses from your face and lay both pairs on a flat surface near a source of light (a window works well).
3. Using a thin piece of paper such as printer paper or package wrapping paper, cut thin strips that are about 1/2 inch wide x 1 to 2 inches long for each eye set at a time. You will be using these strips place between each lens for added depth between the eyes. You will need two strips per eye (one for each lens) to make it appear as though there is depth. If you cut them too long, simply cut them down more until they fit well.
4. Place a strip of paper between one lens and your skin, leaving some space at the bottom where it meets your nose.
5. Dip the paintbrush in water, and then dab most of it off on a towel or piece of scrap paper so that there is very little water remaining on the brush before dipping into paint color(s).
6. Carefully apply a thin layer of paint over one side of your strip, working from top to bottom quickly but carefully to keep from smearing the wet paint before it dries. Once the strip is completely covered, allow it to dry for about 1 minute before gently peeling off the strip. Allow all strips to dry.
7. Place each strip between the lenses again and repeat Step 6 for each eye set at a time. 8. You can now remove your glasses! If students look closely, they will notice that tiny little lines are separating the eyes – this is where you placed one strip at a time in Steps 5 through 7 above. The lines are hardly noticeable unless someone looks very carefully… which makes these custom glasses even more awesome!
- Cut both sets of lens shapes out of colored paper or cardstock (green eyes color shown here). Glue them together to make a custom art piece for display!
- Print two colored images onto regular printer paper. Cut them out and sandwich them between the lenses, then glue down all edges. This does not last as long as Option A, but it is easier!
10. Draw three black dots in each iris with a fine-tipped black marker or black pen. The size of the dots should be proportional to your pupil (making your pupil larger will enlarge the dots). You can also use white paint if you prefer; this works well on some colors better than others do (such as red eye and green eye). White paint may not show up on some dark colors such as blues very well though.
11. Draw a black pupil in the center of each iris using your marker or pen. Glue one circle bead over each iris to replicate a reflection that occurs with real eyes.
12. You may notice some smudging on the lenses and borders during the painting process – do not worry! All will be fixed in Step 13!
13. Apply several light coats of clear nail polish overall painted surfaces to seal them and keep paint from chipping or scratching off, wearing it down quickly, or peeling up after washing hands. Allow drying time between coats. If you prefer not to use nail polish, you can instead use Mod Podge to seal your, which is especially useful for artwork that will be displayed. Apply several light coats of acrylic varnish (available at art supply stores). Allow drying time between coats; this is the preferred method if you want to sell your custom glasses!
14. You now have two pairs of cute, fashionable eyeglasses for yourself or your students! Enjoy wearing them! Remember though, they’re not safe to wear while doing dangerous activities like biking or playing sports with hard surfaces… please keep them as props only and use real glasses when necessary!
15. If you cut two pieces instead of four like in Step 2 above, then glue the back piece over the front piece to form a frame again. lasts longer but requires more advanced skills; if you don’t care about making it look like sunglasses, then there’s no point in doing this step or having both pieces cut in the first place! 🙂 If you made two sets of lens shapes (like in Step 9a above), then glue one set over the other to make thicker lenses.