Ready for second fire. On this fire I don't do very much beyond establishing the iris. It has to be as round as possible, and the two eyes have to match, so the eyes are looking in the same direction and the iris is the same size. After the iris is painted on, it gets the center removed with a 10/0 wet paint brush (not easy). So most of what remains is the outer line of the iris.
I use an Ott light magnifying lamp to look through while I paint. I have a higher magnification head lamp that I use sometimes, but if youre a perfectionist you can really drive yourself batty if you take it too far. I want it to be as good as possible without kicking in my OCD or Id be working on one iris for 8 hours and then it ceases to be enjoyable. I do spend about 20-30 minutes on each doll doing the prep for this fire. This step, and the 3rd fire (pupil of eye) are the most challenging and time consuming. When I get more experienced Im sure my time will get better.
For this fire I also add a second layer of the blushing and sometimes depending on the doll a second lip treatment. That's it for this firing.