I was really excited to see that my new irises arrived in the mail. Little did I know, I injured my hand while trying to poke my doll’s eyes out. Yup. I won’t go in too many details since this is not a personal blog, but do be careful when you are changing your eye chips 😦
it would really suck if you had to go to the clinic like me and I have no health insurance… awesome.
Anyway, here I want to introduce to you Pullip eye chips made by Shannon and her Etsy shop is called KiraKiraMeanSparkle. For 6.50$ USD, you can order 12 mm eye chips, printed with realistic irises and glass cabochons. There are also many many colors, so this shop was pretty awesome and attracted my attention because my doll customization budget became tight.
From left to right: Spring, Grass, Aqua, Mardi Gras, Black & Blue, and Kelp.
How’s the quality?
The eyes really look realistic and sharp! I must say, it’s really not bad for 6.50$ each. You can get multitudes of colors while sacrificing the cost for quality.
By quality, I don’t mean that the irises don’t look good. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The images are very sharp and it really looks like as if you’re looking at a real glass doll eye ball. I’m looking at all of my eye chips right now that none of them are off-center.
What I really mean is, the quality of the assembly. This is not usually seen after putting the iris in the eye socket, but when handling the eye chip, you can’t help but notice some things. For example, the paper was not cut perfectly/neatly into circles and there are a little glue residue on some of the edges. I do have to warn you though, I am really nit-picky. Pointing out some flaws just for the sake of knowing; flaws that do not reflect in the eye chip itself when you look at your doll.
I never really liked the original Pullip irises. They look kind of scary and fake if you ask me. Not very cute & charming… but after her eye surgery, bam! Her eyes just brightened up and she looks extra cute now.
The eye chips are actually a bit smaller than Pullip’s irises, so when you look at her eyes, you can see ugly gaps. I’m sure you can see it if you look more carefully. Kind of a bummer :<
I heard you can use regular white glue to fill it but I didn’t. Just left it as is in case the glue will ruin paper…
I wanted to try on all the other colors but I did not want to exhaust my hand. I was impressed I was able to put her head back together. Hurray for pain killers.
I highly recommend these eye chips if you are on a budget and want to have a wide variety of colors to choose from. Seriously, I think Shannon has around 30 different colors and she is willing to create a custom order for you from the color chart if the color you want is currently not in store.
Next time, I’m probably going to get a red and a yellow/hazel color ^^