Eyes 1 – Easy Realistic Eyes Eyeball Tutorial

Eyes 1 -Easy DIY Realistic Eyes and Eyeball Tutorial

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Easy DIY Realistic Eyes Tutorial

Easy DIY Realistic Eyes Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to make very realistic eyes and eyeballs easily with very easy to find and cheap materials. These can be used as stand alones, in a specimen jar, in any prop or in a fully corpsed skull. See some examples here.

Materials and Tools:

Easy Eye Tutorial Materials

Easy Eye Tutorial Materials

Small and regular ping pong balls
Printed page with irises (get them here for free)
Red yarn (or use red sharpie)
Finishes: School glue, Mod Podge, Clear nail enamel, Paint for tint

Step 1

There are two options to start the eyes depending on how you are going to use them. The first is to use the whole Ping-Pong ball. Use this for specimen jars or other applications where you need the whole eye ball.

The second option is to cut the ping pong ball in half. This way you can make two eyes from one ball. This is good when you will be mounting the eye in a prop or when you don’t need the back half of the eye ball.

Step 2

Fray the yarn and glue around eyeball

Fray the yarn and glue around eyeball

Take a 2-3 inch piece of red yard and fray one end as shown on the picture. Use as little or as much as you want, lots of veins can look very creepy, but can easily be overdone. Wrap the frayed ends around the ping pong ball and using glue or mod podge paste the fibers to the ball (see picture).

Step 3

Cut iris out for eyeball

Cut iris out for eyeball

Cut out a pair of irises in the color of you choice. Add adhesive to the back of the iris and glue to the center of the ping pong ball.

Place iris on eyeball

Place iris on eyeball

Glue the iris on top of the frayed yarn (veins do not go over the iris…trust me, look in the mirror).
Wrap some shrink wrap tightly around the ball to make the paper iris conform to the curved surface of the ping pong ball while the glue dries.

Step 4

Eye Tutorial Final Assembly

Eye Tutorial Final Assembly

Once the glue dries and the iris is well “decoupaged” to the ping pong ball, then it’s time to do the finishing touches.
For a “dead” looking eye, simply coat the whole eye with school glue (you can also add a tiny drop of paint to the glue in order to give the eye an eerie tint…maybe a sickly yellow?). School glue will dry semi clear and somewhat milky. When the glue is dry, add a couple of layers of clear nail enamel to make the outside of the eye nice and shiny. This type of finish is more fragile and is not recommended for applications where the eye will be handled. The glue will bend and break and eventually chip off.

The second finish is more “alive” and is done by simply adding a few layers of Mod Podge and letting the eyeball dry between coats. This forms a hard shiny shell. If you want the eye to be even shinier, like a wet look, add a layer of clear nail enamel to the dry eyeball.
The final and most realistic (but more expensive) finish is to dip the eyeball in some clear jewelry resin. This will create a very clear and realistic looking cornea that is very hard and durable. This can also be done with hot glue, but you will end up with a more opaque (not so clear) finish.

Easy DIY Eye tutorial Finished Eyes

Easy DIY Eye tutorial Finished Eyes

 

Well, there you have it, cheap and easy realistic looking eyes. Use your imagination and go wild, and while you are at it, send me a pic of how you use your eyes!

Check out my realistic Eye

Check out my realistic Eye

Watch the attached video for this tutorial for more detailed instructions and to see a slide show of applications where I’ve used these realistic eyes.3

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