decided not to link directly to Armslength.com for this tutorial.
I'm not being mean, I just noticed that they mention on the site the
fact that they update the tips area with new information a
"couple times a year" and I didn't know what they did with
the old info so I decided to preserve it here...... just in case.
All of the info and photos below are in his own words.
information regarding where to get the plastic piece that he used
for the eyes wasn't offered anywhere on his site. I had to do some
research for that, but I'm providing the info at the end of the
create your puppet eye, you will need a piece of colored
fabric, a plastic eye shape, craft (funny) foam, flat white
spray paint, a razor blade, a straight edge, an electric
drill, fine grade sandpaper, contact cement, and a hair
the post of the plastic eye into the bit of the drill.
Gently rotate the eye while applying pressure with the
sandpaper. This will allow you to quickly and evenly sand
the eye in preparation for painting.
the plastic eye has been sanded, lightly spray the paint on
the eye while the eye is "spinning". This will
enable you to evenly paint the surface of the eye. It is
best to lightly "dust" the surface, adding several
coats of paint until you achieve the desired effect. Apply
heat between coats to facilitate the drying process.
a pencil or marker pen to make the outline (pattern) for the
contact cement onto the portion of the eye that will have
the fabric (eyelid) applied.
a straight edge (ruler) and a single-edged razor blade to
cut a narrow strip of craft foam. This strip will be used
for the eyeliner. Apply contact cement.
the foam strip (eyeliner) to the surface of the eye. Be
careful to be neat. A nice, smooth application will enhance
the look of your puppet. Extend the foam eyeliner about
1/2" beyond the edge of each side of the plastic eye.
Glue the backside (inside) of the plastic eye and wrap the
foam strip around and inside the eyepiece.
a piece of fabric (fleece) large enough to cover the surface
of the eye that has had glue applied. Paint contact cement
onto the edge of a foam square. Use the foam square to
lightly dab contact cement onto the backside the fabric.
Apply heat until the glue becomes "tacky".
the fabric onto the surface of the eye, just behind the
liner. Make sure no "gaps" show. Use the stretch
of the fabric to "pull" the fabric tight over the
surface of the eye.
a fabric scissors to remove the excess fabric. Apply a
"little extra" amount of contact cement to the
the excess fabric tightly around and under the backside
(inside) of the plastic eye. You should have already applied
some contact cement to the inside of the eye shape (note:
refer to step 7).
the felt pupil to the front of the eye. I would recommend
that you place the eyes on your puppet head before you
attach the pupils. The focus of the eye is the
"secret" of great character design. How and where
you place the eyes on the head of the puppet will also have
a significant impact on the "look" of your puppet.
Be creative and have fun!
is where you can get the plastic shaped eye pieces
David uses in this tutorial:
NY (718) 498-5400
do have A 1,000 pc minimum order policy. If your looking for smaller
quantities, I do sell these eyes on my Supplies
for the BLANK 650's if you want the same size that David used. I'm told that
this size is a bit larger than half a ping pong ball. They have other
sizes, and the 450's are the about the size of a ping pong ball. Be sure to tell
them that you need the metal fasteners too!