|My husband saw this photo and practically had a heart attack.|
|Two of the dolls with their original eyes: Meygana, left, and Cloetta, right.|
|Views of the neck plug and the eyes, front and back.|
|View inside the eye sockets.|
2.) While the head was still warm, I took a pencil and stuck it into the neck hole, eraser-end first. I pressed it firmly against the eyewells from the inside of the head. This pushed the eyes out of the eye sockets. They came out of the sockets fairly easily so long as the vinyl was softened with heat. It was interesting to note that the eyes were fitted with two pegs on the backsides of each eye. They were made to fit into matching peg-holes on the insides of each eye socket, which you can see in the photo to the left. I repeated the steps with my two other dolls so I could play mix-and-match with the eyes.
IMPORTANT: I discovered you can tell the right eye from the left, and the top from the bottom, by looking very closely at the backs of the eyes once they're out. If you look closely, each eye should have a very tiny "R" on it for "right" or an "L" for "left." If you pay attention to these markings, it's a lot easier to figure out how the eyes are supposed to go in so you won't wind up with wonky eyes.
3) Now the hard part: Putting the eyes back in. I had trouble with this, and came to the conclusion that the heating pad I was using just simply was not hot enough to keep the vinyl as soft as I needed. I switched to using a different, hotter heating pad and the process was easier after that. The eyes need to be pushed back into the sockets from the outside of the head, the same way they came out. You'll need to use some sort of tool to help you. I used one end of a pen to help me push the eyes back in. The eyes are glass, so they won't be scratched very easily, but of course you have to be careful not to chip the paint around the eye. Squeezing the head a bit makes it easier to get the eyes in.
|My finished Meygana with her new brown eyes.|
|I lost the matching blue eye, so this doll's makeover will have to wait.|
I was comparing Bratzillaz's default eyes with some 12mm and 14mm doll eyes I have. Size 12mm's might work in Bratzillaz, but the irises are a little smaller than the Bratzillaz's default irises. If you don't mind the slightly smaller iris, though, then they'd probably work fine. 14mms look too big, both in size of the iris and the size of the eye. If there is such a thing as a size 13mm, that might work. Also, it looks like the eyes that would fit their eyewells the best would be flat-backed. I haven't tried putting a full-round eye in there. ... I don't think it would work.
EDIT: Upon further experimentation with the eye sizes, it seems 12mm *IS* the perfect size for Bratzillaz. I tried a half-round 12mm in one of my Bratzillaz, and the eye fit perfectly (no picture, sorry). The half-round 12mm was perfect, and the iris size even looked quite good, except that I really needed a low-dome eye. The eyes I used had domes that were a little too high for the doll, and it made her eyes look buggy. If you use low-dome eyes in 12mm they'll work so long as they aren't full rounds. It looks like both half-rounds and flatback oval eyes will work. There were no gaps in the corners with the half-round eyes.
|My two Bratzillaz Meygana Broomstix dolls.|