I had been meaning to make a version II of Taiga’s head for a while now, and after I discovered some custom eye option, I decided not to wait any longer, heads were purchased (Thanks again Nicole!) and work was started when the weather became more suitable ^^
The thing is, eye opening was a bit more tricky than expected and I managed to blister my fingers in the process ^^; reminded me why I wasn’t doing this too often :P Also due to the customizing being handmade, it is hard to achieve the perfect smooth finish close to the original surface, which is a pity ^^; While looking at the first version for reference, I also made small changes to the 2nd version.
ETA: a custom process by Mazaku found on figure.fm :)
After opening the eyes — dig a hole thru the center of the eye first and carefully carve the rest off with an X-Acto knife, sand and smooth the edges. I lightly sketched some parts with a pencil to see how it look.
Purchased some eyes from Pupa Paradise to customise…
Notice the clear piece seem to magnify the pupil a bit, so trial and error was needed ^^;
Tested the look out, pencil marks were removed by using a clean eraser. To remove the stubborn marks, have to use a fine sanding paper, then buffing with a fingernail buffer stick. Noticed that the custom eyes are rather reflective… ^^;
Before painting the actual face up (or make up) have to spray a coat or 2 of Mr. Super Clear Matt, let it completely dry before painting. While painting, I also have some rubbing alcohol and water ready close by if I make a mistake ^^; After I decided I was done for the afternoon, I still feel that I can do better for the eyeliner… Oh well maybe next time :P And due to that the surface is not factory smooth, the blush looks a bit smudged in person ^^; looks okay in photos?
Used low heat glue gun to fix the eyes… noticed the left eye was a bit misaligned after it cooled down ^^;
Went for tsun tsun Taiga this time… wonder if I should have give her a smirk instead?