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When I discovered the technique for making faux glass eyes using polymer clay, I was over the moon! It was on a randomYoutube trail that led to a treasure trove of crafting information.There are so many uses for these, my mind is reeling! Not only suitable for doll eyes, they can also be used to create unique jewelry & artwork.

Learning about Lisa Pavelka Magic Gloss UV Resin was a great find. It dries/cures using either direct sunlight (UV rays) or a UV light, such as nail-gel drying lights. I happen to have one of those from 25 years ago when I thought I needed my own for my new gel nails…I think I used it twice…then it sat in my bathroom cabinet…until now!

I have been sculpting miniatures with polymer clay since the late 1970s but had not yet discovered that I could make such scrumptious eyes for my crafting desires.

The Youtube video that I discovered, quite unexpectedly, on a random excursion has enchanced my crafting experience and given extraordinary embellishment to my creations. If you would like to watch the original video tutorial that I learned how to make these eyes, you can find it here:

Faux Glass Eyes in Polymer Clay by Fairysinmypond

I have altered my eye-making process slightly from hers, finding it easier to eliminate the mold-making process for simpler hole punched versions which turn out just as splendidly. She has many other eye tutorials with techniques you may wish to explore. Her video tutorials are very detailed and will give you thorough instructions that wont leave you confused.

White Polymer ClayI used Fimo for this project. I think Fimo works best because it has a firm consistency andis not too soft (even the soft version is more firm then Sculpey). You need the clay to hold its shape well as you add the colors, to keep the round shape.

Chalk Pastels(Not Oil Pastels)(Such as used for drawing. Available at all craft stores)*Optional:Mica Powders, Embossing Powders for color accents

Black Acrylic Paint(to paint pupils)

Lisa Pavelka Magic Gloss UV Resin(I purchased from you can view the link below)Lisa Pavelka Magic Gloss UV Resin

Nail dotting tools or Round Domed scultpting toolsThese are inexpensive at the beauty supply store. I got mine on sale at Sally Beauty Supply, for $7.99 for a set including various sizes.

For larger sizes,you will need to buy themfrom the polymer clay tools area of your local craft store. You can also use whatever random item you can find that will allow you to press a rounded crater in a small piece of polymer clay. This will bethe base for the eyeball.

These sculpting tools are fantastic and come in larger sizes which can be used for a multitude of sculpting and crafting situtations.

Micro-Brushes, Small Paintbrushes or Q-tipsAs described in the Fairysinmypond video tutorial, I purchased some micro brushes fromthe model/hobby section of my local Hobby Lobby store. These aremore like tiny puffs at the end of the plastic stick, allowing for easy pick-up of pastel chalk dust.

Exacto Blade/Craft knifeUsed to scrape chalk pastels to form a dust which is applied to the center of the eye to form iris colors.

Leather Hole-Punch Tool(with assorted sizes)Available at craft stores. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby.

1. Knead and soften clay then roll into a long snake shape. Flatten to approx. 1/8 (inch) thick. Smooth out fingerprints or markings on the clay to smooth.

2. Using an exacto knife or craft blade, scrape along side or edge of white chalk pastel to form a small pile of white dust on a piece of aluminum foil. You will use this much like flour when you are making bread, to keep the stuff from sticking!

3. Using the hole-punch with the size you have chosen, press the hole punch first into the pile of white pastel dust, tap off excess, then press into the clay strip to form round eye bases.

Depending on your craft project, the size of the eyes you will need can vary. Experimentation is your best friend. My suggestion is to make lots of varied sizes so you have a lot of choices when it comes time to use them on a project.

*If the clay sticks inside of the tool, just push it out with a cotton-swab or piece of chenile stem. Theeye crater indentation you will bemaking with the sculpting tool will pressout any markings the cotton-swab might leave on the clay in the removal process. But if you dust the tool well with a tap of chalk dust, most of the circles will stay put on the strip of clay until you pull away the excess.

4. Using a rounded end sculpting tool,press a crater carefully into the center of the clay disc, forming an indentation for the iris color. The more you do, the easier it gets.

You can see from the above photo,that I was able to press out all of the markings from the ones that got stuck inside of the hole punch tool. I have the piece of chenile stem in the photo because thats what I used to poke out the stuck pieces.

5. Using an exacto blade/craft knife, scrape the end or side of chalk pastels in the colors you have chosen for your eyes, onto a work surface of aluminum foil. All combinations work well together, so use your imagination.

6. Using your micro-brush, gently dip it into the chalk pastel powder, then carefully (trying not to drop powder on outside of crater) then dab the micro-brush with color into the eye crater, tapping and lightly pressing the color into the unbaked polymer clay. Continue dipping into the color dust, then dabbing into the crater until you have achieved a well saturated color. If you wish to make varigated color eyes, dab colors into separate areas of the crater as you lay it in.

The photo above shows the first color (red) laid into the crater, forrainbow eyes. Each color is carefully placed inside to cover all white areas. Once you have finished laying in the colors, take a small brush dipped in the white chalk powder and go around the outside of the eye-white, brushing from the base upwards towards the crater edge,using the white powderto help clean up any color dust that may have escaped from the crater.

7. Using the same round tool thatyou made the crater with, press gently but firmly into the color dust to secure it to the clay crater, being careful not to lose the round shape.

8. You can add some optional sparkle to the eyes by adding a few tiny flecks ofmica powders or embossing powder (Srapbooking section of the craft store), on top of the chalk pastel color. Add a tiny amount (especially if you are using embossing powder)so you dont cover your initial colors totallyfrom view. Press the embellishment powders into clay with the round tool to secure.

9. Bake eyes (prior to painting the black pupil) in a 275 degree F. oven for 12-15 minutes. Ovens vary, so do atest bakewith one pair of eyes first, before baking an entire batch. You would be heartbroken if they ended up burnt! See package instructions for recommended baking times and temperatures for other types of polymer clay.

I like to make my eyes in pairs on separate tiny pieces of aluminum foil so I can keep them together and make them as similar as possible, then bake them directly on the tiny piece of foil that I transfer to a baking sheet. If you have a ceramic tile, they are great for baking polymer clay, and you can bake them directly on the ceramic tile.

If you find that the aluminum foil piece slides around, you can temporarily secure it by placing a small piece of double-stick tape underneath. This will secure it to your work surface (or work tray, as I like to use). When you are ready to bake, carefully remove the double stick tape from the foil (do this slowly and very carefully so you do not disturb the shape of your eyes) and place on your baking sheet or ceramic tile for baking.

10. After baking, allow eyes to cool completely. They will still be flexible while they are warm, but will firm up once cooled.

*If you used embossing powder, you will see that it has gently spread across the iris and created an irridescent effect, depending on what color you used.

11. Using a very small dotting tool, take a tiny bit of black paint and touch it to the direct center of the eye crater to make the pupil. Allow to dry completely.

12. Using the same round scultpting tool that you made the eye crater with, dipinto the Lisa Pavelka Magic Gloss (just as if it was a paintbrush) then drop the resin carefully into the eye cavity. You want a nice rounded dome to form over thecrater, so if you need additional resin, dip it in again and drop additional resin to form a full rounded eye.

You will be amazed at how big of a dome you can achieve with this resin. Be careful not to allow it to fall over the edge of the crater though, because once a leak happens, you will need to do some wiping and clean-up around the eye with drips. This is not a happy moment to endure. But everything can be repaired, so do not fret! Simply wipe off and start again.

*TheLisa Pavelka Magic Glossresin will not dry on its own. You need to either place it in direct sunlight to cure, or use a UV light for curing. I use my gel nail polish UV light dryer that I purchased 25+ years ago. I barely used it for my short-lived fake-nail experience, but I kept it in my bathroom cabinet for some crazy reason…and now I know…the crazy reason…these EYES!!!

I am crazy for these eyes!I love them so much that I plan on making some fun jewelry pieces that I can wear! Im letting my imagination run wild, so stay tuned!!

I hope you enjoy exploring the world of polymer clay and its many wonderful possibilities!

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think you ofthis project, and what youmight be able to makewith these magical eyes!

What a great tutorial! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it up for us all! I love it.

I am so happy you enjoyed it! Please be sure to let me know how yours turn out, if you decide to make some!!

Truely enjoyed and in some ways its easier,at least on this project,than a video.

I am so glad you enjoyed it, Anjanette!! I love to share inspiration and practical advice!!! Thanks for sharing a comment!!

These actually look doable!!! Thats as opposed to so many other tutorials Ive seen that look so complicated and dont make much sense to me. Cant wait to make some of these, and — bonus — I already have everything I need to do some now! Weeeee!

Excellent, Vickie! I hope you have great success!!!

Hi. Is this resin safe to bake within my sculpture? I am only just starting and read that resin turns yellow and releases toxic fumes if baked in polymer clay? So I havent tried.

Im not sure if this resin is safe to bake. When making the eyes in my post above, I bake the polymer clay discs first and then use the UV resin (which is cured with UV light and doesnt have bad fumes), so Im not sure how it would react to heat.

Very good tutorial. I plan on making different items and making my own eyes will save me some money.

So glad you found the tutorial helpful, Maryetta! Glass eyes are so expensive, I was so happy to find a way to get the same look without the expense!!

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Dominican Amber

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A ratherlarge chunkof amber, this weighs 30.5 grams and is about 2.5 x 1.5 x .3 inches.  Inside is a minespiderone smallandbut easilyseen.  Near thespideris whatlooks likea single mammalian hair -rather cool.

A nice sized piece that has a modifiedamber tubewith a bunch ofanimalsthat became stuck 20 million years ago. an amber tube is a tubewithin a tubeas a result of separate resin flows.  There are a few beetles (one largeand one small), aroachflies, Diptera, Brachycera, afungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae, and even a partly eaten leaf. Lookslike somemiscellaneouslegs floatinginthe amber.

Rather aninterestingpiece of amber. Not particularly polished,but smooth. This chunk has3 worker termites, Isoptera. The termites areso bloated thatthey are almost unrecognizable. A fun piece to look at with a magnifier. You will like this different piece of Dominican amber.

Thisdoes havea nicebarklousePsocoptera, but there is something else.3 unknownsare scattered around this clear piece. I thought they may beseedsorbracts from flowers, but I do not think so. Interesting.

This is a veryrare specimen. Sawflies are very hard to find (I have seen only 2) inDominican amber- orany amberas far as that goes. This is amale sawfly, Hymenoptera,Argidae. The4 antennaeon this particular piece are fantastic. This is for the serious collector, not the casual collector.

Not a large piece, but this has a beautifullong legged fly, Diptera,Dolichopodidae.  The details arespectacularon this guy.  Near him is what Ithink may bean immature cicada.

Here isan antthat for all purposes looks likea queen ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  I am not 100% sure, butI think this is one.    They are rareseldom seen.  This shows somevery good detailsabout her body.  She iseasily seenfrom one side (not the other).

A very attractive piece of amber with abeautiful beetlenear the middle.The beetleis small, butphotographs well(as you can see).  There is somelight crazingnear one exterior portion of the amber.

A rather non-de script piece with somereally coolthings. There is part ofa leaf(cutright throughthe leaf) and also aplanthopper, Hemiptera,Fulgoridea.

Mosquitoes are members of the insectFamily Culicidae. Insects,belonging to this familypossess paired scaled wings, paired halteres, slender bodies, and long legs.They belongto the insectOrder Diptera(true flies). Mosquitoes are similar to flies though. Thedifferences amongthe two insects include: scales on the wings of mosquitoes, longer legs and femalemosquitoespossessing a long mouth part called proboscis in the female, used for piercing their victims skin. The males do not have the proboscis – so when you get bitten by a mosquito, you are being bitten by a female. To find a mosquito in amber isa VERYrare occurrence. Mosquitos are notattracted to thearomatic compounds found in resin (amber). Which means they have no reason to find themselves trapped in that sticky resin from the tree. Gnats and such are attracted to the resin, but not mosquitos. As generally known, mosquitos are attracted by a mammalian scent – not the chemicalaroma of a tree.

Coprolite……….if you know what that is, read on.This is a beautiful, spherical piece of Dominican amber. It is large, spherical andthe coprolite is large. In fact it is large enough that I can confidently say that this is amammalian coprolite(poop). Probably the finest I have ever seen, this is about .9 inches in diameter. A sure conversation piece, you cannot go wrong with this beauty.  A perfect piece for a pendant, or the special piece for your collection.

Bottom line, this is really a cool piece.

There are just aton of animalsin this piece.   There are a ton ofworker ants, female,sterile, Hymenoptera, Formicidae and anice midge, Chironomidae,2 small spiders,  aaphelinid wasp, Aphelinidae, afungus gnat, Mycetophilidae.  There is more, but this will give youthe feelof the piece.

There arewinged termites, Isoptera, in this amber. Very unusual to find even 1. On top of that there isa waspand someother unknownDipteran (the elongated abdomen.) Good piece to round off a collection.

The piece has many air bubbles that tend to block the viewing area.  Inside is aspider,  ashining fungus beetle, Coleoptera,ScaphidiidaeAlso thereare someother animalsthat aredifficult to ID, possibly afungus gnat.

Ever wanted to give flowers to someone?This is a from fromanAcacia.  the anthers arefull of pollenin a profusetangle of stamens.  There is a old Chinese proverb:  On a stormy spring night, how many flowers have fallen?  The shape of this is perfect to have thismade into a pendant.  The cost to have aband of goldor silver put around it is very reasonable (at most local jewelers). This is amber from Chiapas.  the piece is beautiful.

Largedomedcab with anunknown beetlewrapped in either aleaf or partof anamber tube. A rather interesting piece – at a good price.

Medium sized cab with 4flat footed beetles, Coleoptera,Platypodidae.  Two of thefour are onthe sides (and thus harder to see) – although 2 areeasy to see.

A verynice worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Linepithema.  Linepithema is a genus of small ants in the subfamilyDolichoderinae.  The amber shows surface glazing.This is a good pieceif you do not have any Dolichoderinae ants.

Here is asilverfish, Thysanura.Silverfishare rather rare andseldom seen. This animal is in asmallish pieceof amber near the edge.Good pieceif you needa silverfishin your collection.There is some nice lookingunknown organic debrisaround in this piece.

Here is almost what I would consider an impossible situation. We have a rare whip scorpion. This came from  the La Toca mines and this one isout of this world. Thewhip scorpionisbeautiful. Oh, is this a perfect specimen.There isalso asmall spiderandeven anunknownmite. This willtake your breath awaywhenyou see it. This is one of the animals that you will sometimes find in books. Often it is the same picture that is used from book to book or article to article. They are so rare in Dominican amber that you will just not see that many pictures of them. The whip scorpion is one of the rarest of all finds. Tail-less whip scorpions or amblypigids are very efficient predators. They remain hidden under leaves, bark and other debris for most of the day. They come outat night to feed. Their chelicerae are modified into strong, spine-armored grasping organs that the hapless arthropods would find nearly inescapable. Their front pair of legs, in contrast, are long and slender, obviously modified forsensory functions. Lacking any type of tail appendage, these formidable creatures are not frequently encountered. The females carry their eggs in a sac attached to the undersurface of the abdomen by a few silken threads.

Amblypygi……….GenusPhrynusspeciesresinae…………… Schawaller 1979

A piece ofDominican amberwith 2worker termites.  You cansee someareas where thedecompositionhas causedbloating(rather interesting effects.)  Somecoprolite depositsnear one ofthe termites.  Good price on this piece.

You are going tolove this one. There is a roach,Blattidaeoff to the side. He is complete. There is anunusual fungus looking whitearea near the back. In fact it looks likethere is rope(it is not rope) going around theunknown maladyof the roach.

This is a perfect pendant in the making.  A band of yellow gold goingaround it(or even silver) would make thisPOP out.  Veryclear with3 large insects.  There is a spider, not far from the spider is the fly, Diptera, Brachycera and thenthere is thepedilid beetle, Coleoptera,PedilidaeThere ismore, but they are small and not easy to see.  There is a thrip, the front part of afemale worker antand aparasitic wasp.  The entire piece is about 1.5 inches x 1 inch x .25 inches.

Perfect size for a pendant.  This is Chiapas amber.

A ratherunusual piece, this contains a nymph of an earwig.   The amber is small and good for a collection -rather than beinga big showy piece.

You wanta nice sizedqueen ant- this is it.  The amber is moderate is size, butthe queenmakes up for it.  She is good,Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  Not onlya queenant buy abeautiful mite, the best of both worlds.  You know, you so seldom see queen ants………..and I have two one one page for sale!

Largechunk of amberthat isvery clearand has some beautiful,small animals. By far andthe bestaretwo crane flies, Tipulidae that look (to me)like a pair. The legs around theanimals are breath taking. It is truly ajoy to look at. Also, there are some othersmall antsand flies – but the eye catching item are the two crane flies.

We do not normally put such anexpensive itemon the first page, but this is good enough just because it is sofun to look at. If you havent guessed,this is a butterfly,metalmark family possibly the genus Napaea (Riodinidae: Lepidoptera), but it is difficult to see the ventral side of the head. Justin caseyou do not know, wings are not normallyspread in amber. This specimen is totally beautiful and sovery uniquethat it has to be shown on this page.And yes, it does have its own page.Enjoy these picturessince you will probably never see a butterfly with its wings spread like this one again.Believe it or not, this is priced to sell quickly.

Hereyou go- workertermites. No verycommon, thishas a transparentspecimen.  Good price.

Sometimes theamber justjumps at you.  This is such a piece.It doeshave a verynice fungus gnat, Diptera,Mycetophilidae, but it isthe shapeandclarity ofthe amberthat is special.

Some mayflies, Ephemeroptera, have2 or 3 long hair-like tailsand strong forewings. Hind wings are small and rounded or very reduced.Mayfly adultsenjoy a life span ofno more than two days. On transition from nymph toadult stage, they fly from thesurface ofthe water for mating, but do not feed. They complete themating processand die after one or two days. Mayfly eggs are laid in water, and arehatched within one or two weeks.

Fossils of mayflies are very rarely found in amber.Mayflies have the shortest life span of any animal.They mayspend two tothree yearsas nymphs at thebottom of lakesand streams, and then live for as little as one houras winged adults. You may findthis comic good, especially since it deals with mayflies (you will be leaving this site, but you can use your back button.) This has a great price on it………….it is hard to beat

Have we got a great deal for you. We just got back from the Dominican Republic and bought a bag full of old pendants like the ones to the left. Some have bugs, most do not, but each one is special and hand done. Since we got such a good deal on them, we pass it on to you, these are only $25 each. You do not get to pick, this will be a situation where we reach into the bag and pull out one randomly. This is a real, real good deal. Our numbers are limited though.

We have been looking for a good jewel ers loupe that will not break the bank. This is it. Well built, good optics and something that everyone can afford. Our main goal with this loupe was that it would be a triplet loupe, have good optics and would not break the next day. Finally we wanted a loupe that you could give to a kid (or use yourself) and then not have to cry when the child lost the loupe. This just fits the bill every way around. You will love it. This is a 10X loupe (even though it does say 20X). It has all the power you will ever need.

We just picked up a number of Dominican Republic amber beads. All are rather clear and beautiful. The sizes range from around 5 mm to 11 mm, although there are a number that are larger. The price is $14 per gram. We weighed a 5-6 mm bead and it weighed about .5 gram.

That should give you a general reference. If you are interested in quantities other than on the left,email usand let us know general sizes and the numbered desired.

An authentic touch screen scale. It has a lid that opens up to an impressive touch screen scale. It is 4.5 x 2.5 inches x .5 inches deep. Very nicely built – this beauty evencomes with a pouchso it does not get scratched.This is really a nice instrumentAND they areon salefor only $6.95 .

Here is an interesting deal. I have a ratherlarge number of amber piecesthat are about 1.5 inches by 1 or more inches. The pieces are all large andall contain sharp looking insects. Now here is the deal: if there are any dealers that are interesting in the entire lot (there are about1,000 of the giant pieces), I can give you a good deal on them. They are perfect sizes for pendants or just selling on the open market. This deal is contingent on selling the entire collection. The price for the entire lot is excellent.If you are interested, email me nd I will quote you a price for all 1,000 giant pieces.

This is different. We came into some of these blue amber rings and were so impressed that we now have a few to sell. Inside a room, the sphere looks like normal amber, outside or near a window, the sphere jumps beautiful blue at you. Almost like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Not the slightest idea about sizes, but the inside diameter is 21 mm or 7/8 of an inch. The ring is open on the back side, so it should fit most fingers. We have never seen anything like this before. We have placed a very good price on the ring. The ring is hollow gold plated, 925 silver. It is very light and easy to wear. The rings are copyrighted by Art 7, a great jewelry design and manufacturer located in Poland.

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