A while back I was asked if I had ever inset eyes into a doll with original painted eyes and I said no. I have heard of the "practice" but never paid too much attention: For one thing I don't have too many vinyl dolls with painted eyes and for another this drastic a "surgery" is pretty scary!
But the question got me to thinking .... and then looking at the three Ashton-Drake vinyl Dianna Effner dolls that are part of the gang here (each of whom has Tonner 10"er legs instead of their original legs [see the "Whose head is that?" page under the "New Looks" tab above]). And ... you guessed it, one by one they've gone under the knife.
I am the first to admit that my talents at correctly beveling the inside-of-head vinyl to allow the eyes to sit correctly are pretty primitive! (And I would welcome any suggestions about instructional material on the web!) And I also quickly discovered that it pays to "play" around with the style of eyeball one uses. I started out with my good ol' standard Antina acrylic flat-back half rounds, which is what Brigitte has now (size 10 mm). But these just didn't work well for Goldie.
To the right you can see "before" with (enhanced) factory-painted eyes and then with inserted 10 mm flat-back acrylic eyes. My uneven beveling kept them from sitting close enough against the eye lids. The picture above shows her with Antina oval glass eyes, size 10 mm - much better!!!
What fun!!!! (Thanks for asking Ren!!) R.