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Clay Eye Tutorial by Katy-A Clay Eye Tutorial by Katy-A
Due to Popular Demand~
I've made a tutorial on how to make clay/sculpey eyes for plush!

I actually had a really fun time making this one. It only took me around two hours, versus the 10+ it took to make
the Toothless one. Not to mention I could do this one outside. It was such a beautiful day out.

Watch out when using the super glue! I glued my fingernail to my finger on several occasions. See what I do for you guys?

If there's anything you don't understand, ask me! If this tutorial isn't clear, I'd love to go back in and change it.

I'll have a text version up soon. I just need to get it formatted correctly.

once again, i do love those llamas
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Jodie74 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
First of all I love this tutorial and totally plan on useing it when I try to make a toothless  of my own, I was just wondering if there was a way for me to paint the eyes to make them look more like toothless. Would you recommend I paint them before or after I bake them?
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ClayfrommyHeart Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I have a question. I've completed Toothless (wings and all) except for the eyes. I am making mine out of polymer clay, since it is recommended and I have a skill with it, and my mom, being an artist is painting them.

So my question is, how did everybody attach the eyes???? I did not use the plastic stuffed animal eyes because in my first test run they broke off very easily. Did anyone make holes in the back and sew them on? Lemme know what ya did!
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SilverWolf2525 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I don't know if this is correct, but I think that's what the plastic safety thing is for. 
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:iconclayfrommyheart:
ClayfrommyHeart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yea I know that's what the safety is for but the plastic prong piece itself wasn't attaching to the eye. I ended up just gluing the eyes directly onto my plushie.
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SilverWolf2525 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Ooooooh. Alright!
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MangaMadness09 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Am thinking of making a Toothless (HTTYD) plushie and with the eyes are you able to paint them (with acyrlic) after you've baked it before putting the varnish on??
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ClayfrommyHeart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yup! That's what I did with mine! Except my mom painted them since she is an actual painter lol.
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KitiiCone23 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome thanks
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TwilightSparkleKairi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for putting this on here ^.^ My upcoming project is a Toothless plush and I wanted an epic eye which I have just found a way to make one so YAY and Thanks so much again
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CastleWolfie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Will be using this tutorial when I make my Toothless plush. c:

To get Toothless' crossed-eye expression, do you recommend placing the pupil on the low end of the eye or the high point? Or will that make the plush look goofy? I don't want him to look like a Derp, but I do want him to have that adorable facial expression.
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sammywamy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
cool
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slashwink Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Hello, im currently working on a toothless from your pattern, and i was hoping you could tell me how you attached the eyes? PLEASE :)
i understand you use the plastic eye, which i have brought some of, but...do you just cut a hole in the head to push it through? and do i need to sew around the hole to give it more strength if this is the case...?
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SilverWolf2525 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I think you push the needle through the plastic safety thing and then sew it around the back of the eye and the plush. IDK. Sorry if I just made you more confused.
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Necrima Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
You are the best!! ^^ Im doing my own toothless right now, I hope it finally looks as cute as yours :D
Infinite thank you for the tutorials

(sorry for my horrible english! ><)
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Undertackerx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
^^
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:iconradkeaton:
radkeaton Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Artist
how do you attach them to your plush without them being loose?
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:iconsilverwolf2525:
SilverWolf2525 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Hot glue? Sew them on around the eyes? Idk.
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mahha-gogogo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you attach the eyes?
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ILoveAnimeAndManga Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Try hot glue! :D
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RacieB Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
How well do these kinds of eyes hold up for general wear (cuddling and such)? Also, what kind of Sculpey do you use? I'm asking because I need to fix a plush's face and replace an eye on it (this Delibird [link] ) because it got chewed up by a dog -_- I have a lot of white Sculpey II but I'm not sure if there are better/firmer styles of it for this type of thing.
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Disneyartistgurl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
were did you get all your supplies at? Love this toutorial thow xD
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey, I''m making a Toothless plush using America's pattern and found your tutorial for eyes. I was just wondering what exactly 'safety eyes' were, I can't find them. Do they have an alternate name? I was hoping to start gathering things.
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, also, if I can't find them, would making a hole through the back of the sculptey and sewing it through there work?
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momlet Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I made eyes out of felt. I cut out ovals that were twice as big as the size that I wanted. I used the sewing machine to embroider a pattern down the eye to make the cat-eye. I then used a running stitch and sewed along the edge of the oval and gathered it to from the eyeball. I stuffed it with a teensy bit of stuffing and then sewed the eyeballs to the head. If I can figure out how to do it, I'll post a picture of it somewhere.
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WitteringWhimsy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was so incredibly helpful! Thanks for putting in the effort/sacrificing your fingers to glue on our behalf! :D
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colorguardgurl42 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
When you say to get paper cut outs of the desired size, do you mean they are avaible at a craft store to buy or is it an online thing?
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
You make them yourself. I don't think there's any available in craft stores. Use an index card if you can, you can use one more times than making two one-time cut outs using copier paper.
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colorguardgurl42 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Yeah I figured that out after I posted that lol
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Lol, just helping out since it looks like she's been a little inactive.
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colorguardgurl42 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Lol I appreciate it
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Welcome. ;P Awesome Edward Elric Avi, BTW.
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colorguardgurl42 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Thanks! Check my ID we're officially married lol :D
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Fine, then I claim Al. Lol. He's sweeter anyway. :heart:
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Berru-chan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
where can i get plastic safety eyes or how coud i attach them if i cant get any, i looked on the joan fabric and craft website but cant find them
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:iconrae-lynn:
Rae-Lynn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Michael's sells them. They're in the teddy bear/googly eye section.
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:iconberru-chan:
Berru-chan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
thankyou for helping :)
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Berru-chan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
where can i get the plastic saftey eyes ?
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iluvanimals1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
can i not use sculpey?
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
You could use felt, but it's flatter and won't be as defined as if you did it in Sculptey. Just get thread matching the iris and pupli colors and embroider them on. That's what I'm doing for back up if my Sculptey doen't work.
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iluvanimals1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay ;)
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Michelle-Massacre Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
for some reason the ckay is super duper hard and doesnt want to roll, it keeps cracking, is there anything to fix that ?
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rottenapple3 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Artist
Oh yeah..... Do you bake in the oven or in a kiln?^^;
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DriftingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
You bake sculptey in the oven. I had to bake my model of 3 (from Shane Acker's '9') on my family's oven for about an hour. There should be instructions on the wrapper.
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rottenapple3 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Artist
kk
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rottenapple3 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Artist
FANTASTICK!!!!!
Thnx to you I can even do this!!!!!
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xSubby Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Where do you buy your safety eyes? My friend and I are having a hell of a time trying to find some. >.<
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Rae-Lynn Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
if you have a michaels by you, they sell them. That's where Ibought mine. However, I find you can use a screw and a nut instead of a safety eye in the clay.
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xSubby Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Yeah, we checked our Micheal's but couldn't find any! I was shocked, haha. But that's okay, we found some at Joanne's. But thank you for the tip! I'm trying to make this plushie for my boyfriend for Christmas, and, obviously, I'm running out of time. I'll keep that in mind next time though. Thank you so much. :)
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Kry-Havoc Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
how would you go about making a fabric eye for say your design of a toothless plush? (seeing as how I can't get the stuff for the eye)
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