Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to add safety eyes to toys


how to add safety eyes to toys

how to add safety eyes to toys
These are 4.5 mm safety eyes with metal backs - the ones I use for all my toys.
The metal back has a 'flat'side and a side that has two little 'wings'on it.
how to add safety eyes to toys
Align your toy pieces so you can create the eye holes at the same time.
Use a metal meat skewer or a large doll needle to make the hole.
 how to add safety eyes to toys
Using some felt scraps, cutting out two rough circles. These need to be just a bit larger than the metal back. These are our felt 'washers'. Skewer some holes in these as well.
The 'washer'stops the ridge of the metal back showing up on the front of the toy after if it is stuffed and provides a buffer between the metal and the fabric/felt.
how to add safety eyes to toys
 Lay your toy pieces out so you can be sure you will be making a right and left side of the toy.
(Trust me this is important)
 how to add safety eyes to toys
 Place a 'washer'over the eye post on the inside (wrong side) of the toy.
how to add safety eyes to toys
 Place the metal back in place on the eye post with the flat side against the felt. Using both hands press the metal back into position. You will here a little noise as the prongs on the wings grab hold of the eye post.
(I know , I know but I needed the other hand for the camera)
how to add safety eyes to toys
 Press the back as far onto the eye post as possible.
how to add safety eyes to toys
Easy as winking !

11 comments:

  1. There should be more of it.
    Now for a tutorial on How to Fit F is for Fox's jawline to the top of his head. ;)

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  2. If I'm winking and it's not happening when I try this out, you'll be the first to know, Jod (okay, second, after me). Thanks for the fun company etc yesterday.

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  3. Thank you! I just put eyes on the Fox!!!

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  4. I now know to make and add washers. Thanks!

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  5. A very good post! It will come in handy...Though I was already chuckling at this line
    "Lay your toy pieces out so you can be sure you will be making a right and left side of the toy. (Trust me this is important)"
    I was laughing in the anticipation of you adding 'Ask me how I know' haha! I always do everything perfect on the 1st side of something....

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  6. such a great tutorial! thanks jodie!
    xo

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  8. Let's try that again. I don't normally put a washer on the eyes, but I do worry about the little people's fingers on the sharp bits, and so I will from now on, but only because you said so.

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Hellloooooo !!!!