Introduction: Making Faces

This project was inspired by my aunt and uncle. I made magnetic ping pong ball eyes in order to make instant faces in the interesting metal objects around me. It's a very simple (and weird) project, but it can have some very funny results.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

- ping pong balls
- magnets, I used 1/4" by 1/4" rare earth magnets from
- Plasti Dip or paint, white and black (I got mine here
- Glue

- drill bits
- nails

Step 2: Drill the Holes

By just spinning the drill bit by hand you can make a hole in the ping pong ball. I started with 1/16" bit and worked my way up to 1/4", this produced the roundest holes.

Step 3: Gluing the Magnets in Place

Make sure that you are inserting the magnets with opposite polarity facing out. You want the eyeballs to be attracted to each other when you're done.

Attach each magnet to a nail. Place the nail in a clamp. Insert the magnet into the ping pong ball so that it just pokes out of the ball when resting on your work surface. Now run a small bead of glue where the magnet meets the ping pong ball. Wipe the bead down with your finger and let it fully dry.

Double check that the ping pong balls will attach to each other.

Step 4: Dip the Ping Pong Balls Into Liquid Rubber

This step could be skipped if you started with solid white ping pong balls, but I feel the rubber makes the eyes more rigid. With the magnet still attached to the nail (or you could use one of the drill bits like I did), dip the ball into the white Plasti Dip. One coat should do. Allow to fully dry.

White paint could be used instead of the rubber.

Step 5: Add the Pupils

Now Plasti Dip does not need to be used to make the pupils. You could use paint or a sharpie, I just liked the look of the black Plasti Dip.

You can add the pupils as skillfully or as sloppily as you like. All depends on what kind of look you're going for. I tried to be as exact as I could with it, but you can make one pupil larger than the other. You could use other colors to give the eyes irises. Go crazy.

Step 6: Make Some Faces

When the pupils are dry, you're ready to go. Find the nearest furnace or engine block and start making faces. Send me the results, I'd love to see them.

Remember you can use any number of eyes to make a face (doesn't have to be just 2), here are some of the ones I came up with:


kenralph made it! (author)2012-05-07

this is great for the up and coming Summer Holidays!

guslioy made it! (author)2012-01-10

E.X.C.E.L:E:N:T!!!!! running to make mine

nave made it! (author)2009-01-24

dude, its the money you could be saving with geico

ilpug made it! (author)ilpug2012-01-10

I approve.

zero838 made it! (author)zero8382009-04-28

its so easy a caveman could do it

yummahcupekakez made it! (author)yummahcupekakez2009-04-28

He's staring at me... o.O

ilpug made it! (author)2012-01-10

Great street art idea, I will do this!

Doganie made it! (author)2011-10-02

I think I might do this just to anonymously put them up around my school. :D

manutea made it! (author)2011-08-15

HA HA HA !!! this is ^_^ cool & funny !!

WhyHello made it! (author)2011-03-07

AHhhh! His eyes rolled out!

theexternaldisk made it! (author)2010-05-30

 eyes...! there everywere

did they see me? 

flamesami made it! (author)2010-02-20

maybe add some sort of fish-eye lens to the pupil, and lead it back to a webcam. it can seee yoouuu!

LuciferRex made it! (author)2009-09-26

I love the fire alarm one

Zaphod Beeblebrox made it! (author)2009-09-25

awsome 5 *'s faved!!!!!!!

punkrockscienceguy made it! (author)2009-09-14

it would be great for holloween

mushfiqc made it! (author)2009-07-14

No, more like your 2 dads.

scott! made it! (author)2009-07-14

this s a stupid idea, but it's SOawesome!! I can't wake to make them!

Calorie made it! (author)2009-06-24

I still love this after I found it a year ago. I did think of the Geico commercial when I saw this 'ible. nave beat me to the punch on the joke front.

austinburke. made it! (author)2009-04-28

This is great!

Kaiven made it! (author)2009-03-09

DO you place the magnets 90 or 180 degrees from the pupils?

blightdesign made it! (author)blightdesign2009-03-10

Typically, I place them 90 degrees. But 180 works too.

Zippy_Pyromaniac made it! (author)2009-01-16

I want to put them on my airsoft gun >:P IT HAS EYES

hurtzmyhead made it! (author)hurtzmyhead2009-03-09

YES!!!!!!! lol BEST SCOPE EVER!!!!!!

krobot made it! (author)2009-01-30

Quick question-what kind of magnet did you use, specifically the shape?

blightdesign made it! (author)blightdesign2009-01-31

The magnets are cylindrical, 1/4" tall, 1/4" diameter.

zupperzipper made it! (author)2008-11-01

Hehe... So simple but SOOO much fun! ....

Ghost Wolf made it! (author)Ghost Wolf2009-01-02


porcupinemamma made it! (author)porcupinemamma2008-12-14

new here. that's such a fun idea. what about adding a set to a eyeglass case-or..... what about filling the case with tiny fake eyeballs? lol. i'm trying to think what would work for little eyes. so far all I can think of are marbles-maybe with tiny iris and pupil stickers lol

Ghost Wolf made it! (author)2009-01-02

That's a lot of fun got to love it. >:D

blugyblug made it! (author)2008-11-24

OMFG thats fricken scary And cute

Angeleyes997 made it! (author)2008-11-15

That is so cute!:)

selena_1977 made it! (author)2008-11-12

has anyone suggested yet to glue fake halloween eyelashes to the tops of your eyeballz?

thehonestape made it! (author)2008-11-12

Man...that cookie monster is awesome!

Kryptonite made it! (author)2008-10-30

Yay cookie monster! ...Elmo?

wolf555hound made it! (author)wolf555hound2008-11-01

cookie monster! omagosh, im so doing this for my baby cousin

Kryptonite made it! (author)Kryptonite2008-11-03

lulz yeah.

matt_maples made it! (author)2008-11-03

When I saw thr fire alarm one all I could think was "Yip-yip-yip-yip... Uh-huh. Uh-huh," from the Mupets.

Saint13 made it! (author)2008-11-01

You know it is often the simple ideas that are the most fun and spur people on to take that original idea off to yet another great idea. Thank you for the Instructable!

Nimphious made it! (author)2008-11-01

I suppose all you can really suggest is to check to make sure the surface you're attaching them to doesn't get too hot, otherwise you might get some unexpected results.

lorrwill made it! (author)2008-10-31

in this case: simple + weird = COOL!

felixtito made it! (author)2008-10-30

This looks like a good Idea for a Flickr Group

=SMART= made it! (author)2008-10-30

Hahaha Awesome ! Favrouited + 5*

gwrober made it! (author)2008-10-30

Cool! This reminds me of those pics that people create, that show 'faces' in everyday objects, like happy door, etc....

whoshebe made it! (author)2008-10-25

heh heh. i used to put eyeballs on vases and flowerpots when I was younger and added eyeballs to a lotta ceramic projects. this is great and a must-do! Thanx!

jdtwelve12 made it! (author)2008-10-25

Fun Insgtructable! I think you could give it a catchier name, like "Turn ordanary metal objects into Muppet Faces". Love the fire alarm.

zupperzipper made it! (author)2008-10-24

Just got a great idea! You should add those bendable, furie, wire-things to make eyebrows... Great Instructable!

Kaiven made it! (author)Kaiven2008-10-24

Pipe cleaners?

zupperzipper made it! (author)zupperzipper2008-10-25

Yes... Just forgot the right word for them.

crapflinger made it! (author)2008-10-24

i'm never EVER going to find the link again...but there's a guy who does this all over the place...he actually has these sets of GIANT eyeballs that he'll put in trees...on buildings etc.....he's got these giant inflatable tentacles that he will inflate in an office building with the ends hanging out of the windows like there's some kind of alien invasion going's pretty funny.

Erfunden made it! (author)Erfunden2008-10-24

I do believe this might be the link you were searching for: FilthyLuker's eyezFilthyLuker's eyez

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