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Picture of Fursuit Eyes you can see out of!
Aim: to make some realistic-looking eyes that could be seen out of, but not into. One-way eyes. We wanted the clearest vision possible, while still preventing people from seeing through from the outside.  We also wanted them to 'sparkle' a bit, if possible; but without the use of embedded lights.  I've done a couple of i'bles involving lights, and I decided I'm over the darn things (lights), even though I still love them in a slightly obsessed way.

We're hoping to learn how to make a complete fursuit. We already bought the fur!  We bunched it around the eye for the photo. 

Things like mesh, pantyhose or thin fabric; they all seem to cause vision impairment when it comes to putting them over your eyes.  Last year, we made a costume where we used pantyhose to cover the area that the wearer was supposed to 'see' out of, but his vision was still seriously restricted.  So how were we going to make some 'eyes' that afforded 20/20 vision (or as close to it as possible)?

For starters, we eyeballed our cat. She eyeballed us back, suspiciously.

After eyeballing our cat, we’ve come up with these quick and easy, one-way see-through eyes that give the wearer pretty good vision. No fine mesh.  No pantyhose balaclavas like last year's costume.  Just colour filter, window/windscreen film, clear acrylic orbs, and not much else!

This amazing tutorial here, for Spiderman one-way eye lenses, helped me out a LOT, by putting the idea into my head about mirror tint as used on windows and cars.
 
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Do you think there is a way these could be made into the "follow me" style? Thoughts?

zack2472 years ago
too bad this doesnt really apply to toony eyes :P
still cool nonetheless :3
KasaiO zack2471 month ago

You could always use larger spheres and just colour them so they look toony. It might be difficult, but it may work :3

Dimensionz (author)  zack2472 years ago
Yeah, it would be wonderful if someone could make a mold for those toon-shaped eyes, and mass-produce some in clear acrylic - could be a pretty good income stream! it should be doable really.
Maybe they could be heated up and set on something with the same shape as the eyes. But I have no clue how you would make the whites of the eyes...
Kai Pikachu2 years ago
When you say under forty dollars does that mean it can also be under forty pounds too? You see, I am an 11 year old girl from plymouth and i want to make a mask for myself and i need the stuff for it. But my mum says its got to be cheep.
Any advice?

yeah its cheep and since pounds are worth 2 dollars in America (correct me if im wrong)it should be cheaper.

Dimensionz (author)  Kai Pikachu2 years ago
According to one of those currency converter websites, today, 40 dollars NZ equals just over 19 UK pounds. So I guess you could round it up to 20 pounds :-)
sbarker23 years ago
How good are they to look out of? The eyes are my major bump in my own suit, i already have bad eyesight and don't want the suit to fail me! :3 and of course great instruct!!!
Dimensionz (author)  sbarker23 years ago
Thanks! They're not perfect, for sure. The colour filter works great, and allows for nice clear vision IMO; but I've since discovered that there's a small area in the center of the clear orbs (it looks kind of like a pontil mark) which distorts your vision somewhat - it makes straight lines look rounded. Peripheral vision seems unaffected though.
Novali Dimensionz7 months ago

I have used transparent glass paint on fimo for a miniatures project and it worked quiet well. I am not at all sure if it would be good for this "eye" project but worth a try rather than the gel film. Look for Pebeo.com Vitrea 160 brand as an example.

alicorn11 months ago
Are you who made the cat from Alice in wonderland
lora8011 months ago
is the window tint stuff really necissary? what exactly does it do? I'm not bothered if my eyes are a bit visible underneath.
How do you see out of them
mookidani1 year ago
do you think it would work with a thin layer of paint? creative idea BTW :D
ariizu2 years ago
i love this :D Do you think if I put them inside out they can become "follow me"-eyes aswell?
so instead of having the eyes lite this. C____D. they become like this D____C
where do you get the colour filter & the window tint stuff?
Dimensionz (author)  gracehedgehog092 years ago
A quick cut n paste from below:

Colour or color filter, also known as colour or color GEL: We got ours from a stage lighting store over here called “Jansen”. They have an online store too – not sure if they send overseas. Try photographic stores also – if they don’t have it, they’ll know what it is, and hopefully where to source it from.

Silver reflective window tint (aka Mirror Tint): we got ours reasonably cheaply on an online auction. Can also be purchased from car window tinting shops.

Black window tint (for the animal’s pupil): same as above.
This is such an inventive solution to the visibility vs accuracy dilemma for fursuit eyes, great job Dimensionz.

I would like to know in more detail how you sourced the products you found?
Could you tell me the specific brands you ended up buying, or the search terms?
I need to try and source all of these materials locally, as I have little time.
Cheers for the great 'structable
Dimensionz (author)  meowmixhunter2 years ago
Thank you so much! Here is some more detail about the products used.

Clear plastic balls: can be bought at craft or hobby stores. They can be a bit of a struggle to search for online. Try a few terms such as “clear Christmas ornaments”, “clear acrylic orbs”, “clear plastic balls”, or different combos of these words. The brand name on ours is: “shamrockcraft” – www.shamrockcraft.com.au

Colour or color filter, also known as colour or color GEL: We got ours from a stage lighting store over here called “Jansen”. They have an online store too – not sure if they send overseas. Try photographic stores also – if they don’t have it, they’ll know what it is, and hopefully where to source it from.

Silver reflective window tint (aka Mirror Tint): we got ours reasonably cheaply on an online auction. Can also be purchased from car window tinting shops.

Black window tint (for the animal’s pupil): same as above.