Here's what you'll need:
1. At least one Ten Well Paint Palette
2. A Graduated Container for Mixing and a Stir Stick (Wooden Coffee Stirers and Large Orangewood Sticks work really well)
3. Two Part Polymer Resin (I use Enviro-Tex Lite, but use whatever you like best.)
4. Heat Gun (Optional)
5. Easy Eyes Template from Haunters Hangout (or whatever template you like)
6. Waterslide Transfer Paper and Crafters Hole Punch (Optional)
7. Small bowl with water, tap is fine (only needed if using Waterslide Transfer Paper)
8. Clear Brush On Glaze (I use Triple Thick Brilliant, but use whatever you like best.)
9. Paintbrush (it doesn't have to be the best paintbrush in the world, but you don't want the bristles to fall out, either)
10. Paper Towels
11. Paint (your choice of eyeball background colour)
12. Disposable Gloves
13. Safety Glasses
14. Dust Mask, the inexpensive ones are fine (only needed if sanding or shaping finished pieces)
15. Silicone Mat or Pad (optional, but helpful for neatness and heat protection - if using heat gun)
1. Heat Gun (I recommend a variable speed/temp gun, you can pick them up at discount retailers for $10 - $20)
2. Waterslide Transfer Paper (If you take a look at Step 7, you'll see why I recommend this, but regular paper works too!)
3. Crafters Hole Punch (just makes it easier, not required)
4. Silicone Mat or Pad (optional, but helpful for neatness and heat protection - if using heat gun)
Step 1: Palette Molds
You can use other things for molds as well, contact lens cases are really cool, but there are only two molds per case.
Step 2: Filling the Mold
You will need to don your safety glasses and your disposable gloves for this step.
Add one part resin to one part hardener into your graduated container. Mix with your stirrer. Make as big a batch as you'll use in an hour. This product has a 24 hour cure time.
Gently pour into your mold. Neatness isn't your key concern here - you can trim the edges later, but try to keep it clean-ish. If you are using a silicone mat, place it under your palette before you start to pour. (DISCLAIMER: Not that it needs to be said, but I feel that it needs to be said... If you're using "baking mats" such as Silpat mats for this project, I hope they're old and kitchen/food use replacements have already been purchased. If you get polymer resin on them, you can NEVER use them for food again.)
Step 3: Why a Heat Gun Is Good
Step 4: Curing and Unmolding
When your mold has fully cured (24+ hours), I would recommend placing it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. This step will help you unmold your palette quickly and easily. (It sounds odd, but it really does work.)
Step 5: Meanwhile...
If you're using the waterslide transfer paper, this is where you'll need it. I use Lazertran Inkjet Waterslide Decal Paper (if you have something you like better or if you're fancier than I and have a color laser copier, go with what you know).
Step 6: Making Irises
Step 8: Okay, Everything Is Ready for Application!
Using your (decent) brush and your Clear Glaze, lay down a coat of glaze on the back (flat) side of your cornea.
Step 9: Iris Application - Waterslide Transfer Paper
Remove with tweezers and place face down on a paper towel (to soak up the excess moisture).
[If you're making something like the "eyeball corn," you'll need to use rubbing alcohol on your surface to "bond" the transfer to your eyeball. Then follow the steps below.]
Place the "printed" surface of your transfer to the back (flat) side of your cornea. Place it EXACTLY where you want it and seal with a coat of brush on glaze. Let dry.
[Please ignore my "snakeskin" nails. :) It's hard to work and photograph at the same time!]
Step 10: Iris Application - Plain Paper
[If you're making something like the "eyeball corn," you'll need to use an adhesive, like glue or brush on glaze, on the surface to "stick" the paper cutout to your eyeball. Then seal it on top with more brush on glaze.]
Place it EXACTLY where you want it and seal with a coat of brush on glaze. Let dry.
[Again, please ignore my "snakeskin" nails. :) It's hard to work and photograph at the same time!]
Step 11: Paint the Back and Then the Sky's the Limit!
The first image is my "cornea corn" made with paper irises. I will try this again with waterslide transfers!
The second image is single cornea earrings and an eyeball ring.
The third image is a 3-tier eyeball chandelier earring set and an eyeball hair flower. (Or, as one of my nieces knows them, The Anti-Zombie Flower - provides protection from brain eaters.)
The last image is the Cornea Bib Necklace in its original incarnation. I plan to remake it this year with more 'stable' connections.
Thanks for checking out my Instructable!