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#1 MrTeek

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Posted April 10 2009 - 11:52 AM

Hey folks. So I was thinking about trying to make my own lure eyes instead of buying them. Anybody have any experience on how to do this? I was thinking of somehow creating a mold and using a clear epoxy or hot glue to create the eye body. Then maybe painting the black pupil?
Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks!


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#2 smellslikefish

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Posted April 10 2009 - 12:14 PM

2 part silicon as a mold. Use and eye or a button or something like that. Spray a little silicon release agent on whatever your using and press it into the 2 part silicon mold. When it cures, carefully remove the piece. Use epoxy to mold you eyes. Drill a slight hole in the back of each eye and fill with black paint, epoxy or whatever. Then paint the back of each eye whatever color you want (gold?). the hole in the back could actually be formed in if you make a good 2 part mold. When filled with black on the back side of the eye, it adds the realistic depth as opposed to just painting it in 2 D


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#3 VTBasser

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Posted April 10 2009 - 2:51 PM

Building them seems like a pain when you could check out the new ones they have at CCT (2/3 $ of witchcraft eyes).
Unless you are looking for the challenge.
You could melt lab glass and drip it onto marble then paint the pupil and iris.
I read on some other site about trying to make eyes with epoxy. Their attempts showed that some epoxies like Devcon 2T had a lot of bubbles in them when finished and that it was hard to get constant size and thickness.


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Posted April 10 2009 - 3:08 PM

i bought a couple lengths of colored fiber optic and just cut to length. looks neat. at $1 per foot for the 1/2 inch you can easly 50 -60 eyes or through drill for the eyes and get 20 or so still a lot cheaper than buying the eyes.


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#5 MrTeek

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Posted April 10 2009 - 3:35 PM

Building them seems like a pain when you could check out the new ones they have at CCT (2/3 $ of witchcraft eyes).

Cool guys thanks for the responses. I'll have to try some of this out. By the way VTBasser, what is CCT?
One thing I'm going to try this weekend is hot glue. I plan on dabbing a blob onto some holographic cardboard for backing and then shoving it in the freezer to harden before it spreads out too much. I'll let you guys know what happens.
Any other suggestions?


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#6 Husky

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Posted April 10 2009 - 4:18 PM

[quote=VTBasser;5967676]Building them seems like a pain when you could check out the new ones they have at CCT (2/3 $ of witchcraft eyes).
Unless you are looking for the challenge.
I cast lures from UR so when I'm done, I pour whatever excess there is into a couple of molds I made from various sized half rounds. Tape them, flat side down on a piece of blue tape and spay them any color you wish. Dot them with a small flat head nail. It couldn't be simpler.





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#7 EricW

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Posted April 10 2009 - 5:31 PM

I've seen it done just like Husky's post above and they come out pretty nice. I get mine off of the big online auction site for about .05 each. Much cheaper than craft stores. Lots of available sizes and colors if you hadn't checked already. But then again I can appreciate making your own stuff if you've got the time and equipment.


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#8 Jameso

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Posted April 11 2009 - 7:19 PM

What would I search for? "doll eyes" ?

I've seen it done just like Husky's post above and they come out pretty nice. I get mine off of the big online auction site for about .05 each. Much cheaper than craft stores. Lots of available sizes and colors if you hadn't checked already. But then again I can appreciate making your own stuff if you've got the time and equipment.


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#9 Pete F

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Posted April 11 2009 - 9:01 PM

I made a cutter to put them right on the plug. prime, paint and dot the pupil with some fabric paint.


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Posted April 12 2009 - 7:06 AM

I used a washer and an aircraft dome head rivet for making eyes before I found a supplier for 3d. Only advantage with this setup was I could paint the components individually before clearcoat.
Sorry about the focus.


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#11 ecduzitgood

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Posted April 12 2009 - 11:13 AM

The build of my handcarved shows my technique:
click here: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/showthread.php?t=648137


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#12 MrTeek

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Posted April 12 2009 - 5:47 PM

Thanks to all who replied, excellent stuff! Special thanks to ecduzitgood and Husky for the great picture tutorials.
So as promised, I got out the old hot glue gun this weekend to try and make some makeshift eyes for myself. I used ordinary hot glue from AC Moore and some holographic foil backing paper. They didn't turn out to well, the hot glue didn't dry perfectly clear and its hard to get a perfect circle. It's not the best solution, but it can get the job done with some practice. Thanks to all.
- Nate


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Posted April 12 2009 - 6:37 PM

i do a lot of fly tying, and whenever i make eyes for my bigger flies, ive always made them out of sequins and 30 minute epoxy.
the way i do it is
1st. take a strip of foam and secure tape with the sticky side up to the foam. this gives you a surface to hold the sequins when making the eyes.
2. place the sequins in whatever color you like on the tape with the concave side up.
3. place a little dab of black fabric paint in he middle of the sequin for the pupil
4. mix a batch of 30 minute epoxy and place a dab in each sequin
5. let dry overnight
this produces some of the best eyes ive yet seen and can be made in any color for any imitation. and their super cheap to make. litteraly pennies for the dozen


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