Monday, September 30, 2013
My customized Tonner Patsy
I knew this pretty sculpt would look better with different eyes, so I took the plunge and switched them out. I got out an exacto knife and some full-round glass eyes, and basically did this tutorial.
It involved peeling off Patsy's glued-on wig, then cutting a round hole in the back of her head with the exacto so I could access her eyes. Wrap the head in a heating pad for a little while to soften the wig glue. It makes it easy to peel the wig off.
The default eyes are not glued in. In fact, you could probably just take the old eyes out and put new eyes in without ever having to cut her head open (although cutting open her head makes it easier). I suspect you could just heat up her head with a heating pad and pop the old eyes out, then pop the new eyes in again from the outside of the head like I did in this Bratzillaz tutorial. However, you'd be risking scratching her face paint near her eyes if you did that, which is why I chose to open her head and attack the problem from the inside.
The lady who did the Patsy tutorial uses 16mm eyes, but I like 14mms better. The 14s are also easier to put in, because the 16s are overall larger in addition to having a larger iris, which makes them really difficult to shove into those eyewells. (I tried. ... Boy, how I tried!) The tutorial lady had used half-round eyes, but with the 14mms I was able to use full rounds and they still worked nicely.
Omigosh, I love her!
By the way, the whole process of changing out her eyes was really quick and easy. My only tools were the exacto knife and a heating pad (or hair dryer) to warm up the vinyl. I didn't alter her face paint at all ... the face paint you see in the pics is all her original factory paint. Nice, isn't it? She's really beautifully painted. The only other thing I did was to get rid of her spidery-looking default applied eyelashes, as you can see in the comparison photos. The eyelashes just didn't work on her, and she already had nicely-painted eyelashes on the corners of each eye.
In these pics I was playing with her eye position. I'm not sure whether I prefer side-glancing or forward-facing, but so long as the eyes stay unglued, I'll be able to change them at whim.
Please click on the pictures to see them larger.