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  1. I have some 5/0 5304s. They fit. But, is a 5/0 hook overkill for a 3/8 oz brush jig? I'm worried it will get hung up easier.
  2. cadman, I am using the BSH-3-SA mold. I am trying to use 4/0 hooks(Owner 5304) for 3/8 oz and 1/2 oz jigs. These hooks fit the 1/4 oz. SOME of the hooks fit the 3/8, allowing the mold to close. None of them fit the 1/2 oz. I called Barlow's and they tried the same hook on the same mold with the same results.
  3. Thanks for the reply. I would like to grind the mold down and use these hooks. I have never altered a mold before. I don't want to ruin it. I am looking for suggestions from anybody who has experience doing so. Do I use sandpaper? Dremel? If so, which bit? I'm hoping to benefit from someone else's trial and error.
  4. I ordered some 5304 Owner hooks for the Do-It Hidden Eye Brush Mold. I've seen some of you mention using these hooks with this mold. The 4/0 hooks do not fit. The mold will not close. I called Barlow's. The guy I talked to was very helpful. He went and got the same hooks and the same mold and his wouldn't close either. The hook eyes are just a little too small. So... I want to alter my mold to allow these hooks to fit. Have any of you performed this specific task? Any suggestions? Thanks for your time.
  5. I didn't have any teflon tape on hand, but you gave me the idea to use foil. I cut small strips, wrapped it onto the eye and twisted it to tighten. It works pretty great. Thanks again!
  6. Again, I appreciate the help. I believe you're able to attach your split rings with no problem. I do not believe anybody is able to attach the split rings I have without springing them. I am convinced I ended up with stainless steel. I'm doing exactly what your images show(and what my images show). I've tried more than 50 of them now. All sprung. I'm moving on from them. Waiting on new ones to arrive. Thanks again to everybody for all the help and suggestions!
  7. Thanks! I'll give it a try.
  8. I appreciate the help, but I think you're wrong. As stated previously, I am doing exactly what you're suggesting. I get the split ring onto the blade, then I take small needle nose pliers and gently wind the split ring on. It is absolutely physically impossible to keep the gap any smaller. It is only open as far as the blade holds it open. If you send me your address, I'd love to send you some. Same goes for anybody else who uses these same split rings. I just cannot imagine somebody getting these on without the same results. I think I got the wrong ones. I'd like to know if I'm wrong.
  9. Thanks. If the ones in the mail don't work, that will be my next stop.
  10. They sell stainless steel split rings that are the exact same size as the spring steel ones. I feel they may have sent me the wrong ones. I am under 15 seconds, no problem. I ordered three more varieties. Fingers crossed...
  11. I've tried putting them on faster with less movements. I put them in boiling water for 30 seconds. I put them in a 300 degree oven. Same results. I've tried 30-40 now. There is absolutely no way to open them less than I am. Is there a way to tell the difference between stainless and spring steel? Maybe I got the wrong ones. If somebody who uses these same split rings wants to prove me wrong, I'll send you some. Smalljaw? I am dumbfounded here. I guess I'll order a variety of split rings and see which ones work for me. If that doesn't work, maybe I'll use paperclips...
  12. A question to go along with this that may also affect which split rings I should get: After powder coating, it's even harder to get these split rings onto the eye of my jigs than onto these blades. Do I need to keep powder paint off the eye if I'm going to be making bladed jigs? Is so, could you recommend the easiest way to do that? Any split ring recommendations would be great too. Is there any reason not to go up to a size 4? Thanks for all the help.
  13. Here are images of what I'm doing. 1 - I'm just opening the split ring enough to get onto the blade. 2 - I am putting the end of the split ring to the hole in the blade. 3 - I am gently rotating the split ring onto the blade with small needle nose pliers. I am NOT opening the split ring any more than what the blade is in the image. 4 - Sprung. 5 - Take a deep breathe and try not to break stuff. Where am I going wrong?
  14. I'm trying to make some bladed jigs. I saw people recommending size 2 split rings, so I got them. They were pretty tough to attach to the blade and once attached, they were sprung. So, I ordered some size 3. They go on easier, but are also sprung. I am using standard gauge nickel plated spring steel from Barlow's Tackle. I'm using some medium size Beadsmith brand split ring pliers I also got from Barlow's Tackle. I sent an email to Barlow's and they said these are the exact components they use with no trouble. I just tried 10 more. I cannot imagine anybody getting one of these on without springing it. I am opening the split ring just enough to get it on the blade. I even tried squeezing them closed as I rotate them on. They're not stretched way open, but you can definitely slide a piece of paper into the gap. I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?
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