Making Domed Eyes...
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 05:51 PM
Here's another two 1/4" eyes on a partially finished 4" 'swim bait', it's amazing what 'Macro' shows up, NOTE- small air bubbles, layers separating, placement of eye on lure!!! all fixable, I think I better get one of those magnifiers with light surround. pete
Posted 31 January 2009 - 03:52 AM
Hey Pete, those eyes look good. Your swim bait is looking good too.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:08 AM
Maybe this will help someone who wants to make their own domed eyes. I made a silicone mold by taking a shallow plastic lid and pouring Alumilite RTV into it. Next I toook some assorted sizes of craft eyes and pushed them down into the still liquid RTV and set it aside to cure.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:10 AM
After curing, mold will look like this when you Plaster of Paris out the eyes
Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:24 AM
I make the eye by 1st. placing a few drops of D2T in the mold pockets and let it sit long enough to get thick 2nd. I either put a few drops of black paint or a steel ball in the pockets on top of the thickened D2T. I let this sit until the epoxy hardens. 3rd I mix some more D2T and thin it with denatured alcohol to the consitency of cheap pancake syrup. I finish filling the pockets with this. 4th. I sprinkle glitter on top of the thinned epoxy. It will sink down into the thinned epoxy and coat the sides of the eye.
the eyes will have a concave surface on their backside after curing. I guess this is due to the evaporation of the alcohol. You can fill this with a couple drops of epoxy if you want or use as is.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:33 AM
finished eyes from the mold. this isn't to good of a pic and doesn't show the sparkle very well but I hope you get the idea as to how they look
Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:41 AM
If you want a bigger more domed pupil, just put the paint in the mold pockets first and after it dries then use the thinned epoxy. the first two eyes in the pic above were done this way this is what it looks like on a lure. Sorry about the pic clarity I should have taken them with better lighting
Posted 31 January 2009 - 06:27 AM
John- those look simpler than what I have been doing, and like someone has said previous, 'you can use your left over D2T to fill the moulds', nice and quick too, which is what you want when poking epoxy around. pete
Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:34 PM
Great thread going on here guys.
Thanks for all the input here, this will help all of us in making our own and realistic eyes.
Just brainstorming while viewing your molded eyes Jblaze, which are great. How about filling the mold with D2t and after the eyes cured drilling a centered hole from the back to the centre of the eye. Then put in a drop of black paint, let it set, then fill the hole again with epoxy. Maybe this should give a nice 3d looking pupil.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:08 PM
I did a similar thing but i think a little easier.....I stuck real 3d eyes to the underside of a cap and filled the cap with rtv.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:22 PM
hazmail, I notice you have clever ways of making things for making baits. Do you have any hints for making a smelter? I want to start making my own treble hooks. After reading many of your posts here and on ogf I am sure you have already tried. Seriously, it seems you make bass sized baits as I have been doing for the past year while reading many posts from musky baitmakers. What homemade contarption do you use to finish sand smaller baits? Thanks for your many informative posts. Mike
Posted 31 January 2009 - 10:17 PM
Spike- Sorry for hijacking this eyes thread, but this may be worth reading too.
I am not sure what you mean by "Smelting", but assume you mean heating steel to remove the carbon?? Last time I saw anything that would do this was when I was an apprentice moulder - at the foundry they used a 'Bessemer Converter' to to air blast steel to get rid of impurities and carbon from the molten steel (very old process, but best). This converter held about 10 tons of molten steel. If this is what you are after (smaller of course), I have no idea where you could get or make such a thing - I'm thinking it would be simpler to buy the right grade wire and go from there-- If by smelting, you mean something different let me know and we will see what we can come up with.
My baits range from 2" to 4 1/4" and I use a home made sanding wheel - there is a thread started in October 2007 which is full of many different ways of sanding/routing etc, mine is Post No 38 in this thread -
You should read the whole thread, as there is a heap of great ideas all through it- maybe it all should be in the 'Tutorials' .pete
Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:56 AM
Pete, thanks for the quick reply. I used the wrong word, I wanted to start with iron ore to make hooks but wire sounds easier. I knew you were the person to ask about sanding, you apparently have a collection of custom tools you made to make tools to make baits. The thread you sent me to was just what I was lloking for, thanks. It should be in the tutorials. Mike
Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:56 AM
Paul, I think you have a good idea I will give that a try this week.
more ideas people