Many resin dolls have a removable pate held in place by magnets or a hook and magnet. The eyes are inserted through the back of the head and held in place with eye putty.  Here is a look at how to remove the pate, head and change eyes using an Evangeline Ghastly resin doll.

A note about eye sizes:
Evangeline Ghastly and Parnilla resin dolls wear 12mm half round or full round eyes. Tonner uses 12mm acrylic half round eyes. Note that sizing is fairly standard between different manufacturers of acrylic and hard polymer eyes. That is not the case with glass eyes, where sometimes the measurement given is the iris size, not the actual eye size. So make sure you understand the sizing before you buy glass eyes. Soft glass (silicon) eyes are odd number sizes, and I have found the 11mm size can look odd (too much white showing) so you may want to size up to 13mm for soft silicon eyes.  The outside edge of soft silicon eyes may be trimmed to fit if need be.  A comment about soft silicon eyes. They attract dust and I'm not sure they are worth the added expense and work to keep them clean. If your eye putty dries out and becomes hard, and you are forced to use a tool to remove the eye putty, soft silicon eyes may delaminate and be destroyed. 

1. Remove pate by placing fingernail in the seam and pulling. Over time the magnets may come loose. re-glue by placing a dot of super glue on the exposed/up side of the loose magnet (it will be attached my magnetism to the other magnet) and replace the pate. That way you will never glue in a magnet upside down/wrong pole.



2. Pull up on the ribbon ring and rotate 90 degrees

The head will now slide off the body.  This will give you more room to position the eyes. For minor adjustments, you may not need to remove the head. 

3. Peel the eye putty away from the face. With new dolls, I begin at the top to make sure the eye lashes haven't been glued to the eyes. 

If the lashes are glued to the eyes, stop, get a tweezers, and slowly, carefully, remove the lash from the front of the face and eye. Use the tweezers to shape the lash, pulling up any loops that have gotten pulled down from the lash thread. Use clear drying, water soluble tacky glue to re-glue the lash to the eye lid. I prefer Aleene's brand tacky glue.



If the lashes are glued to the eyes, stop, get a tweezers, and slowly, carefully, remove the lash from the front of the face and eye. Use the tweezers to shape the lash, pulling up any loops that have gotten pulled down from the lash thread. Use clear drying, water soluble tacky glue to re-glue the lash to the eye lid. Hold the lash with tweezers and apply a thin bead of glue to the lash thread using a toothpick. Wait a few seconds for the glue to become tacky. Position with toothpick and tweezers. Clean up excess glue with damp cotton swab.  I prefer Aleene's brand tacky glue.


5.Once the eye putty and eyes are out of the head, knead and pull the putty to soften it.  If the putty has gotten stiff or dry in the head, you can use a tool like an eye glass flat blade screwdriver to loosen the putty and eyes.  Warm the stiff putty in your hands and knead and pull.  You can often work it to be soft and useable.  If not, replace with a high quality neutral color putty such as "The Museum Putty", available at many home stores and on Amazon.


A recommended replacement putty:

6. Roll the putty into a log and split in half. Wrap around the eye and press into the back of the head. Repeat for second Eye. Use your fingers to position from the back, and if needed, a cotton swab to position from the front of the eye. Press the putty firmly into place.


7. Thread the ribbon and loop back through the hole at the base of the head, Pull up and turn 90 degrees to lock into place.



8. Pop on the pate and she is ready to go.