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Pijangibears Pijangibears
Denmark
Posts: 870

I need some advice to make eyelids.
I am trying to make some, but they turned out clumcy, not nice and smooth.
Can somebody help me - please.

What I need is to make the eyelids before they are attach to the eyes.

HeidiBears florida
Posts: 321

I dont have much experience with this myself since I've only tried needle felting eyelids (more like a socket?) once but maybe I can help lead you in the right direction. I found that you have to felt it a lot harder than you think in order for the eyes to look neat, you might want to try and create like a socket, or surround the eye with the felt. Do this by felting a seperate strip first and then applying it around the eye itself. After your done you could apply some kind of acrylic sealer to the eye lids- that will harden them up so that you can trim all of the little fuzzies away. I followed Joanne livingstons blog (Desert mountain bears) as I worked on my bears eyes ; she posts really good detailed instructions on how to needle felt the eyes along with lots of pictures... you might want to check it out as well  bear_thumb .

Pijangibears Pijangibears
Denmark
Posts: 870

Thank you. you did understand what I meant  bear_flower . It was the strip that looks clumcy. I will check out Desert mountain's blog  bear_original

desertmountainbear desertmountainbear
Bloomsburg, PA
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Are you trying to needle felt them, or are you wanting eyelids made of some kind of fabric?

Joanne

Pijangibears Pijangibears
Denmark
Posts: 870

I am trying to needlefelt them like one lond strand, so I can apply eyelashes, and then needlefelt them on.
I have tried to make one, but it was flat and clumsy. I did make them over a stick and left some wool to attach them.
Maybe I should try to needlefelt them on a wire - with no loose felt?
Do I glue the eyelashes on the wool or on the eye?
The eyelids will be put on a hole needlefelted animal.

desertmountainbear desertmountainbear
Bloomsburg, PA
Posts: 5,399
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Here is the post I wrote about felting the face.  At the end I show you how I felt in the eyelids.  Heidi is right, you really need to start out with much more wool than you think and keep poking with the needle.  This will give you a nice firm eyelid to work with.

I really don't use eyelashes so I can't help you out there.  You would just have to be careful with the glue around the felt.  The wool is so flat (no shine) that I think that you will see a shine on it where the glue would be.

http://desertmountainbear.blogspot.com/ … 20a%20face

Joanne

BeauT Bears BeauT Bears
Rotterdam
Posts: 190

Hallo Birgitte,

I don't know if you already worked out your needlefelting 'problem' with the help of Joanne's tutorial and the remarks by the others, but I know EbearZ University offers online needlefelting courses (against payment  bear_sad  , by Judy Paul.
Here's the link to their Felted Faces course:   http://www.kranbearys.com/Ebearz/Bears/FeltedFaces.htm

Good luck!

Pijangibears Pijangibears
Denmark
Posts: 870

Thank you all for the good advices  bear_flower
I tryed needlefelt my stripe a lot harder than I did the first time, and I uses a needlesize 43 gauge
and voila - my eyelid is just perfect. It is so neat.  :dance:
Now I will try to glue the eyelashes to the stripe (with caution).

TraceyF Melbourne
Posts: 5

I have tried doing my own eyelids and it mine also tend to come out looking a little less 'pretty'
I have found though that if you needle felt some wool in to a strip and felt in on over the eye then it should hopefully work well - I can't seem to get mine to be hard enough before felting to the face and end up with half an eyelid.

Good luck

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