Swapping inset doll eyes is a very simple and quick process, and it can be very fun, too, when you get the hang of it! You can give your doll a whole new look in just minutes. Use this brief tutorial as your guide to our Beautifully Custom inset doll eyes.
In the picture:
Look how pretty American Girl Wellie Wisher “Camille” looks with her new Beautifully Custom honey brown eyes!
Before we begin…
Please note that there is always a risk of damaging the eyes and/or doll’s head when performing an eye-swap. Our tutorial is here to make the experience as easy as possible for you; however, we are not able to guarantee results and we are in no way liable for damages or injury that may occur as a result of using this tutorial. Eye-swaps should not be performed by young children. Anyone under the age of 18 should have the direct supervision of an adult.
Now, let’s swap eyes!
Tip: Some dolls have harder vinyl than others. If you are not able to get the eye sockets pliable enough with the hot water method, you can use a blow dryer straight into the eye sockets. Be careful though, as the direct heat from a blow dryer can melt acrylic eyes.
Tip: If you try the eyes on any particular doll and they are not deep enough to fill the entire eye socket, you can add some white tack inside the eye socket before inserting the eyes to fill the gap and give the eyes a secure fit.
Tip: In the event that the eye insertion causes shine marks, scratches or nicks to the vinyl surrounding the eyes (a fairly common occurrence regardless of what type of eye or doll you are using), you can use little pieces of micro mesh or model sanding sponges to buff or smooth the skin surrounding the eyes.
Tip: Depending on what kind of glue is adhering their wig, it is possible that heating the doll’s head to high temperatures may loosen the wig. Usually this will not occur with a doll’s original wig, but it may happen more frequently with dolls that have been re-wigged. Don’t worry if the wig becomes loose. You can easily re-glue any loose areas with a touch of super glue or E6000. If you are in the process of customizing a doll with a new wig and new eyes, we recommend always working on the eyes first.