This is a topic that I have wanted to address for a long time, but it took me a while to figure out how to do it without pointing fingers or saying something negative about some other sellers. That is not my intention. My intention in writing this is to help you choose quality craft eyes that will add to the look of your projects.
This blog post is mainly directed toward those who purchase craft eyes for their art and craft projects, amigurumi, dolls, artist bears, etc. Everyone has their own opinion, and this article is just my opinion that I have formed from my own experiences. Yours may be different.
The craft eyes I am referring to here are of lower quality than I would recommend to someone making a handmade item or art project. They are more suited to fishing lures or projects where the appearance of the craft eyes doesn’t matter that much. In those cases, the cheaper eyes work fine, and they’re a good value.
It isn’t possible to tell cheaply made eyes from quality eyes by price point anymore. The cheap ones are priced right up with the quality eyes now. That’s one of the reasons I’m writing this article. I don’t want anyone to spend their money on inferior eyes and be disappointed with them when they can spend the same amount and buy well-made craft eyes.
It’s hard to tell from a photo online if something is well made. That’s true for craft eyes and noses too, but there are ways to tell if you know what you’re looking for. Being in this industry for 10 years, I’ve figured out what to look for when purchasing eyes and noses.
Here are some images of poor-quality craft eye washers. This is an easy way to tell:
Craft eyes with washers like these will be made of a softer plastic that scratches easily. The pupils will not be centered uniformly. Also the eyes and washers (except metal) will have nubs on them that haven’t been trimmed or are trimmed unevenly. The washers may be white, black, dark green, or a beige color. The plastic washers are very difficult to attach.
Here are some ways to tell from the images of the eyes:
Notice the paint going all the way down the stem on the yellow eyes. They were spray painted. Can you tell on the image of the gold-color eyes that they are more domed or bubbled? Also the pupils are larger.
If the craft eyes you are considering purchasing are a really good deal, this may be the reason. If there is no photo of the washers or back of the eyes, you can always request one before you purchase. You might also want to request a sample before purchasing a large quantity.
In contrast, these are the washers you want to look for on quality craft eyes:
Craft eyes that have washers like these are quality craft eyes. They will have smooth edges. The pupils will be uniformly centered. The washers will attach smoothly.
I hope this helps you buy the craft eyes that are right for you. If you have any questions or would like to share your craft eye experiences, feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you.