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Printed Doll Eye or Embellishment Tutorial by wild-drive Printed Doll Eye or Embellishment Tutorial by wild-drive
Disclaimer: This is just a step-by-step explanation of how I've been doing this, I take no responsibility for anything that may go wrong during this process. If your printer gets jammed or your iron melts the paper it's not my fault, ok? \(_o)/ Be careful!

I really hope this all makes sense. For the record my printer is an HP Laserjet, I'm not sure exactly which other kinds of printers can successfully print to sticker paper like this. I drew the eyes using Adobe Illustrator.

I'm using this process right now to make printed eyes for Monster High dolls, but it's also useful for a whole lot of other things where you'd want this kind of accuracy and reproducibility, such as doll tattoos, customizing accessories or restoring and making custom symbols for My Little Ponies.

I recommend you make a whole lot of the transfers at once even if you only need one since it's pretty easy to ruin them in the process and it's better to have spares than to have to start again.
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bigrika Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just SAAAAAAVE the Day :D

So happy that I found this Tutorial (while looking for something else actually...xD)
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very helping :D thank you :D
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katt55659 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
This is a great tutorial. But I am not knowledgeable enough to understand to process ,will have to keep trying the painting method
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Iponim Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would I be allowed to have the original eye-print thing you use (if that's okay with you)? i'd like to make my own but i'm not sure about the size of the eye and all that. thanks!
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FreeFlyerLife Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What kind of paint do you use for the lips and other touch ups on the face? 
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kashuarashi Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I don't suppose there's a particular brand of 'sticker book' you recommend? I only ask because around here most anything called a sticker book has...well, premade stickers in it. :| Not terribly useful, I'd imagine.
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CrazyLadyDDC Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think she just means a book of cheap stickers like teachers use for papers. Peel off the stickers and use the backing. I'm not sure, though, because I would think the ink might bead up. I'm going to give it a try
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kashuarashi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Let me know how it goes! That would be much easier than finding one of the books previously mentioned.
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PezgirllovesRog Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She means a blank one, for collecting stickers. I haven't seen too many since I was a kid. Check the sticker aisle of a craft store.
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kashuarashi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
*pokes around the net* So...something like this?

www.amazon.com/Old-Fashioned-S…

I've never seen these in stores - would explain the confusion! ^^;
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PezgirllovesRog Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I looked them up too after I told you, and 'album' is the keyword. I had one when i was a kid, but they don't seem to be very common. Ebay's got a few, but the one in that link looks like it's almost A4, a lot of the ones I found were half that size.onion yep 
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kashuarashi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Wonderful! Thank you! I really want to try this, but the closest I've had to a 'sticker book' is glossy photopaper and I was really kinda dubious about whether that would work....
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, do you think it's a bad idea to print the eye on adhesive transparent paper and glue it on the face?

I was thinking about doing that to my Mikaela (since her single eye is much bigger that regular MH eyes) could this work?
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PandanaLove Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
grrr my printer isnt magic enough for this lol but i love the idea! Ive been trying to think of ways to redo eyes without painting. GENIUS!
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BridgeChan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely and informative tutorial! I'll have to try this out for sure!

Also, I'm so curious, how did you make the cog eyeball for the head at the top and on the left? Also, how did you apply it within the head?
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ToxicScythe Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if you know how to remove the head (this person has a tutorial in her galery) cut the eye you want out, then, use twezers to apply and place the gears(rub some glue on gears first) should work!!!
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ToxicScythe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
im going with the traditional route, but factories used this for many years!!! SMART!!!! :D
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KaraZone Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
This is so great I can't wait to use it!

I think what he means by cheep sticker paper is removing the stickers from the book and just using the pages they were on. Guessing shiny side up here??

I would like to know the size of the eyes too!! How big in pixels are they, please tell us! <3
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myrdr3th Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Oh my god, this is an amazing idea! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

I would like to know the size of the eyes too(pixels), please tell us! <3
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bluerage10 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool i love ur customs
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RoxanneStein Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What size (pixels) are the eyes, that they fit soo perfectly?
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You better try a half an inch lenght eye in the resolution of 300 pixels per inch.
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RoxanneStein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh thank you! ^^
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Sawkinator Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
So just to be sure, the paper is the sort of glossy paper at the back of the sticker books, correct? Not a sheet that's like, a giant sticker xD
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, it's exactly like a giant sticker. You find those in specialized shops.
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Sawkinator Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Oh, really? That makes a lot more sense. Thanks ^^
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ILoveThePanda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm interested in making a custom doll, but...I don't understand this tutorial...
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egophiliac Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't understand it either until I suddenly realized I was reading it horizontally, when it's laid out vertically. :T What I believe is going on is that after you paint the layer of transparent glue over the eye, you iron it so that the ink sets into the glue, then peel the layer of glue off (which now has the ink on it) and glue that onto the doll's head. I suspect she recommends printing on sticker paper because it takes longer for the ink to dry on a glossy surface, which makes it easier to transfer to the glue.

I could be wrong, but that makes sense to me -- I'm going to try it tomorrow, because this is a fantastic idea that sounds much less expensive than ordering custom decal paper. c:
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you tryed it, If so how high in pixels did you make the eyes?
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ILoveThePanda Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~
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Chibi-Warmonger Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!!
I have really been wanting to do custom dolls but my hands shake so much and doing something that requires such small detail would have been beyond my doing. This solves that problem! Thank you again! Now I just have to get my husband to buy a color printer! xD!
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PhantomCarnival Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
this. is awesome. I'm a beginner when it comes to painting with tiny brushes (no patience lol)
for the sticker paper, did you just peel all the original stickers off to use the backing?
Would this also work for lips maybe?
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Princess--Neko Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's simply amazing, thankie! :la:
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Rinthy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
I'm still wrapping my head around the paper type part. Is there any other paper that you recommend? I've never heard of Sticker Book A4 before. >.<
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wild-drive Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
it's just a kids sticker book from the dollar store that's about a4 size, i cut the pages out.
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SmoothieIllustrasion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Awsome
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Aika17 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
how did you get the gears into the head of the other doll? I'm trying to do something like this myself and the only solution I've seen is to cut the back of the head off and I'd hate to do that. thanks for the tut, very helpful.
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mhscreamgirl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If I wanted to do that, I would sugest(Like it is in the photo.) I would cut out, one little thing of the eye, then I would fit the little screw in : )
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wild-drive Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
i cut out the eye with a scalpel, then stuffed the head with plush stuffing so there's something inside the head to keep them in place. then i just coated the edges with glue and slid them in individually. they're not super secure but they're stayed in place so far.
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Aika17 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
thank so much I never thought to stuff the head. I was afraid I was going to have to cut the back of the skull off.
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Poezekate Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Brilliant! What a great idea!
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty neat!
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rainbow1977 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm going to have to try this.
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Kythana Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I didn't know that this could work! :) I thought you painted all the eyes so beautifully. It's very nicely done. Is it water resistant?
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wild-drive Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
that's a good question lol, i haven't actually gotten any of them wet yet but i imagine as long as you sealed them into the doll properly water shouldn't get in.
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Kythana Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah ok. :)
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Gomamon4life Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Absolutly GENIUS! :D
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child-of-aros Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i never thought of that ingenious! :clap:


i would burn the house down.....but still
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