I would like to start a topic about safety eyes for amigurumi toys. Although someone might say they`re not completely safe for little children, I have had no negative experience so far. I´ve made several toys for each of our three kids – however, I`ve never had problems with broken or unfastened eyes. Nor has any of my clients complaint about these things. So I myself consider them as one of the best and easiest ways to add eyes to your amigurumi toys.
Where to buy?
Most of my supplies have been ordered from GlassEyesOnline.com. They have a big selection of items, nice variety of colors and fast service. Plus they ship worldwide which is extremely important when you live in a small country, almost in the middle of nowhere, like I do :) However, I also have a secret place where I order very unique hand painted eyes. They are painted by another estonian lady who`s shop you will find here. She enjoys mixing nice colors and experimenting with different ideas. A great example of her work are the dolls eyes with reflection spots. These give something very special to the dolls look. You can see some of her work on the photo above.
How to use?
1. Stick the eyes into the proper holes on the head (my patterns give you precise instructions on that).
2. Add a fastener (washer) from the inside of the work and press really tight to close it. You will hear a silent “click” when it happens.
TIP! I suggest you lay the piece on a paper, the eye facing downwards. Now you can press, without being afraid of damaging the surface of the eye.
So, these are my favourite places to buy safety eyes. I´d be glad to hear which are yours!