Reborn Doll Eye Sizes


#1

So, I recently ordered a Realborn Thomas Awake sculpt and a Realborn Joseph Awake sculpt.
They both take 18mm eyes which is convenient since I already have two pairs of 18mm eyes.

As usual, I had started to paint Realborn Thomas,
I painted his lips, veins, undertones, creases etc
but I have failed to correctly mottle another baby.
This always happens to me, as far as I’m concerned, it seems as though I am unable to mottle a doll kit… that’s another story and isn’t what I am going to ask.

However, I would like to get another Realborn sculpt.
I don’t know whether to get another Realborn Thomas Awake sculpt and attempt to paint him properly or if I should get another awake kit but one that takes a larger eye size than the ones I have.

I’m interested in another Realborn Awake but ome that takes 20mm eyes and I don’t have a pair of those with me. Does anyone think that there will be an issue if I buy a doll that takes 20mm eyes for example and use my 18mm eyes on him?

As I am in the UK, there is a limited choice of Realborn kits available on eBay and the person that I regularly purchase BB kits from doesn’t have many Realborn Awake kits.

Does anyone think that the 2mm difference between the 20mm eyes and the 18mm eyes that I have will be an issue if I go ahead and buy a doll that takes eyes of that size? The reason why I’m not purchasing a 20mm pair of eyes is because there isn’t any 20mm versions of the eyes that I already have, which I really like and I think they suit the babies.

I hope you understand what I mean! ~ Forest Reborns


#2

I think you should buy a pair of 20 mm.

I know that my kit that calls for 22mm and I put in 20mm they rattle around in the socket and there is a gap in the eye corner if not perfectly set.

Depending on how open the eyes are on the kit. But I think most realborns eyes are pretty open so I would go with 20mm.


#3

If you get eyes that are too small, there will probably be too much white showing in the eyes and could make the baby look scared or surprised.


#4

Too small generally doesn’t look good. Sometimes people even go up in eye size, to get even less white showing.


#5

I gave the smaller pair a try and I have to say, they look very silly haha so I purchased a set of larger eyes and they look lovely. I’ll remember to buy a larger set for my kits in the future! Thanks