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MH Eye Opening Walkthrough [UPDATED] by demonrae-dolls MH Eye Opening Walkthrough [UPDATED] by demonrae-dolls
UPDATE:
There will likely not be a part 2 to this. I've changed my methods a bit to allow people to still have access to the inside of the head. I didn't really think it would be too hard for people to figure out the rest of this themselves but here's a little rundown of what follows:

1: Paint the face, obviously, add eyelashes if you choose to do so. There are plenty of face up tutorials around the internet if you need help with this part.
2: Use the sticky tack to hold the eyes in place. I generally make a little worm and wrap it around the outside of the eye. It helps to use the end of a paint brush or something to press the sticky tack into the vinyl better.
3: Use the glue to...glue the top of the head back on? Run the e-6000 just around the inside of your hole and set the cap back into place. Let it dry for a good 24 hours before you go squishing on the head. If you want you can coat the top of the head with E-6000 for extra hold, and that also makes a silicone base for wigs to grip.


ALSO!
THE EYE SIZE IS 8MM to 10MM! I normally use 10mm but if you carve your eyes a little smaller you will need to use an 8. Any questions about eye size WILL NOT GET ANSWERED. Also, I generally buy glass/acrylic eyes from ebay or make them myself.



As promised, here's a little walkthrough/tutorialish thing of how I put the inset eyes into my Monster High customs. This doesn't just apply to Monster High dolls. You can do it with pretty much any doll with a soft vinyl head. My victim here is a skull shores Abbey.

I'll try to have the other half up in another day or two.

Also, *BeanSproutMomo has compiled a tumblr full of amazing doll tutorials. There are some other eye opening tutorials there as well. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out and give her major props for doing this: [link]
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The-Erin-show Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! Love the tutorial. No you use wigs for your MH dolls? If so, what size? Thanks again :3
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ToxicScythe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, what if you want to keep the hair on your doll? is there a way around it?
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CaoimheCaer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
What size and type of eye do you use for your dolls? Also, do you mind sharing the name of your supplier?
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GSnail Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, what is your method for allowing access to the inside of the head?
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demonrae-dolls Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Sorry for the late reply, I haven't logged into this account in a while! Instead of cutting the "cap" all the way off, leave a piece attached at the top so it ends up being a flap instead of a separate piece. It tends to fall back into place on its own, and a wig will hold it down completely just fine :)
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castinbronze Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice! ^.^
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x0lgax Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
OMFG I have been looking everywhere for a tut like this! I love you!
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:iconbeansproutmomo:
BeanSproutMomo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice update to this already fantastic tutorial! ♥
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JebbyBean Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
AT LEAST TYPE OUT THE OTHER HALF
PLEASE
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trubluboi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Can you do another showing how you add the eyes and seal the head back up? Pretty please with brain puffs on top?
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pookie142 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
The eyes are so cool!!
Im just starting out in custom dolls.Do you use round eyes or the flatter type.
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Phipps1666 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Oh and what size do you suggest if someone where to buy glass eyes?
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Phipps1666 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
How do you put the top of the head back on?
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VirginYouth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When is the second part going to be up?
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demonrae-dolls Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Unfortunately I haven't had time to work on her, and probably wont for a while T___T There's just no telling when I'll be able to finish this. Sorry! It will eventually be done, I just don't know when OTL
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VirginYouth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I AM DYING
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xCatFace Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Where do you get your eyes from? I"m not sure which website to trust lol
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demonrae-dolls Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
ebay :3
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Wulvie-leigh Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This tutorial was very helpful, thanks!! ^_^

But one question: what glass/acrylic eye size would you recommend for Monster High dolls?? :) thanx again
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demonrae-dolls Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
The size eye will depend on how big the eye hole is carved, but 8-10mm seems to be the norm. 8mm tends to be a little small for me though.
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Wulvie-leigh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome thanks ^_^ ill probably go for a 10 seeing as I prefer big eyes :P
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SierraMikainLatkje Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, thanks for this tutorial! I've been horribly frustrated by my terrible painting skills, but maybe I can finally do some decent customs this way!

I'll have to check some garage sales for some junky dolls to practice on first....
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BeanSproutMomo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a great tutorial! I posted it on the blog now~
Thanks for the mention as well!! ♥♥ hehe
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napoleondolls Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I wanna try too :D
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Emmaethyst Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist
I am definitely trying this. :stare:
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Whimsii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY!!! A wonderful tutorial so far!!! Thank you so much :D
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taconacho Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
very useful!! where'd you find the sanding needles anyways?
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demonrae-dolls Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
At hobby lobby, in the hobbies department around the model paints :3 It's like a 12 pack for $6 and they have 3 different grades. I do wish they had a mixed pack cause the ones I bought are a little too fine.
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taconacho Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
ooh that's really cool!! I would've thought they'd be more expensive :o that's really good! thank you!
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CocoaSmiles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yayyas~~ MORE :D
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