|Eye detail of my previous candy custom - Macaronne|
Scissors, some hobby craft glue (preferably water-based), a color printer (or place to print) and some blank transparent eye chips (mine are custom flats from Coolcat).
Software, I use Adobe Illustrator. However any software you feel comfortable with that allows you to set exact dimensions of circles will work fine.
Have a doll ready without eye chips (there are various ways of removing them depending on your doll's type)
Prepare your digital designs/ideas.
Step 1: Measuring / checking
To make sure your designs will fit the specified doll, measure the diameter of the eye chips first. Pullip's came in at roughly 12mm.
Step 2: Designing
In the software you are using be sure to set the circle's size to that exact size. Then get to designing ~ Be crazy and do what you like, with or without pupils, strange shapes and colors seem to suit our big-headed friends very well. I've made one design then I made lots of pastel color varieties of it, you can also see I made a normal pupil version and a star pupil version, as I liked the look of both. It also saves paper to print off tons of designs all at once!
Step 3: Printing
Be sure to print them off in real size, you can check by overlaying the chips on the paper after printing them. As you can see here I've printed off my chips on shiny photo paper as well as normal paper. I prefer the normal to be honest, the shine effect will be added by the plastic chip and a double shine usually looks strange.
Step 4: Cutting
Step 5: Installing
Final: A preview of my latest little project