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The Beauty of Eyes

Many beautiful words have been written about eyes. A common saying is "Eyes are the windows to the soul." 

If you want a doll that moves people, that speaks to people, that evokes some emotion, then the doll must have eyes that are evocative and expressive. One may wonder how an artisan can bring a sense of life to a doll. One way is with the eyes.

Doll artisans use various media for eyes. For porcelain dolls, an artisan can choose to paint the eyes or set the eyes.  Some artisans only paint eyes; and, some artisans prefer set eyes. I work with both; however, I do have a strong preference for glass and silicone set eyes.

Painted Eyes

Painted eyes are expressive and romantic. The doll artist layers the thinnest layers of paint, often using several colors and firings, to achieve depth and personality. Good eyes are never flat and lifeless. They are vibrant.

painted eyes      Painted Eyes

 Glass and Silicone Eyes

My favorite set in eyes are made from glass or silicone. I use handcrafted eyes that have a lot of realism. The irises in these eyes are often striated with various colors, giving them depth and personality.

bianca's silicone eyes

 

 

 

 

                                                      Silicone Eyes

 

 

Miyoko's glass eyes

 

 

 

     Glass Eyes

 

 

 

The big doll has glass eyes and the companion doll has painted eyesteddi with her doll.

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