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Coraline Button-Eyes

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I've been reading Coraline (apparently it is also a film by Henry Selick), and got to the part where she meets doppelgangers of people she knows, but with buttons for eyes. 

I immediately thought; I've got to make a pair of those! 

This is a really simple project, perfect for a quick Halloween costume, but also excellent for school events like National Book Day, when kids have to go dressed as their favourite book characters.

You can even see out of them, although I wouldn't drive or ride a bike wearing them.
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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I got two large wooden buttons from Kitewife's favourite knitting shop, plus a metre of thin black elastic (I only needed half that, but it was only 22p, so the spare went into the stash).

From my own stash, I used a bamboo skewer and a couple of paperclips. 

The tools are quite basic - a knife, glue gun, pliers (with wire cutters) and scissors. 

Step 2: The Bridge

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The eyes are built like simple goggles. The "bridge" of the goggles is made of a piece if bamboo skewer, split in half to provide a flat surface for gluing.

Carefully press the knife blade into the end of a piece of skewer, sliding it along until the bamboo separates. 

Work out how far apart the buttons need to be to fit your face. I did it very simply, holding the buttons to my eyes, resting my face on my work bench, and letting the buttons down to the bench. They turned out to be 2cm apart.

I then trimmed the bamboo to length, and hot-glued it in place. 

If you are hot-gluing, don't panic if you mis-place the bridge, because the glue can be peeled off the shiny buttons relatively easily. 

Cool!
Kiteman (author)  emmasharkeyshark2 months ago
Thank you!
MartiYC1545 months ago
Can you see? Through the buttons I mean?
Kiteman (author)  MartiYC1545 months ago
Yes, you can.

I wouldn't drive in them, but walking around is fine.
Awesome! I have seen the movie Coraline and I think you should see it sometime. It is very good! So are the button eyes!
Kiteman (author)  socksmonkeysduckstape8 months ago
Thank you!
Ahh, brilliant! definitely making a pair very soon!
Kiteman (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz11 months ago
Cool, post an image when you do.
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