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...because of the way they cut their eyes, they needed flat glass eyes. Unfortunately, these were almost
impossible to insert into Santa head without a hole in the top of the head & such a small hole in the neck. The neck hole is too small to get a hand up into the head.
Through trial & error, we discovered that a small flat head screw can be attached to the back of the eye with a single drop of hot glue from a glue gun. The result is a
little "handle" that you can grab with a long tweezer to position into the head. Presto, it's much easier to insert these eyes.
Using Tisha's Incredible Brushes (TIBs) has more than one benefit. Because the greenware has not been soft fired, if I break the eye opening, I can repair it like new again. Using a wet brush, put any large piece back in place. Add drops of slip and allow to dry to a leather hard stage. Use a feather knife or other sharp object and reshape. Build up until it matches the thickness of the greenware. It may take a few tries, but if you have to throw away the piece you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|