Modelling eyes on a Male and Female sugar model
Use trex (white fat) to help roll the modelling paste and a paintbrush to help you position pieces and put water on.
I don't use glue, just water to fix the pieces on, as they are so small that with just a little water, they naturally stick.
You'll need a craft knife and a small pair of scissors
Heads ready for eye's male (left) and female (right)
Wet the sockets with water and roll a pea sized white ball of modelling paste. Place in the socket and gently flatten the ball softening the edges and pushing outwards until nearly flat.
To make the lashes, roll a thin black sausage (approx 2cm) of black modelling paste tapered at the end.
Ensure the edge of the eye is wet with water and place the point of the sausage near the inner corner and run under the eye.
Cut when you get to the outer edge of the eye.
Wet the outer sides of the eye. Roll a very small sausage (approx 5mm) tapered at both ends and cut in half. Using the knife or paint brush lift the lashes and place in the corner of the eye.
Do the same with the top lashes as with the bottom, ensuring you go over the small lashes. Leave an overhang and cut with scissors.
Wet the edges of the eye. Use modelling paste that will be the same colour as the models hair. Roll it into a thin long sausage (approx 3cm) tapering it at each end. Put the tapered ends into the inner corners of the eye and run over and under the eye.
Where they meet at the outer edge cut both at a 45° angle
to create a 'V' shaped join.
Adding eye colour
If you can find out the eye colour and hair colour of the person the model is to resemble, then this will make it very personal to them.
Wet the whites of the eye with water. Using eye coloured modelling paste (i.e. blue, brown, or green) roll a small pea sized ball. Place on the eye and gently flatten the ball softening the edges and pushing outwards until nearly flat. Try to keep it off centre as though the eye is looking away.
Add the black modelling paste in the same way making sure that you start with a smaller ball of paste.
Gently rub your finger over the eyes to remove any fingerprints.
To make it look like there is a reflection in the eye, add a very small ball of white paste to the eye and flatten.
Put this on the opposite side to where you made them look.
Finish them off by glazing them with confectioners glaze.
The heads are now ready for painting and dusting.