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Saltwater Lure Eye Question

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My son and I carve hard baits from basswood, attached are a few samples inspired from our antique tackle collection. The bottom left bait is inspired from a antique Florida tackle maker in the 50's. It is supposed to represent a juvenile snook minnow. We have had some good success with this bait and I was wondering if anyone can recommend the best eye (affordable) eye for a saltwater lure? I was on Barlow's site and there is all sorts of 3-D, flat etc. type eyes. I'd like to try one of these products but am not sure if there is some sort of clear winner/guidelines when picking out saltwater eyes for lures. We currently just paint them on but want to give those a shot. Any suggestions?

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As far as Suppliers, I only use 3deyesdirect, hes a bit pricey, but the eyes are all high quality and hard as glass. He is overseas though, so its about 2 weeks from paid to door. On the saltwater lures I would prefer to upsize my eyes. On a 3-4" crank I will use 6-7mm eyes where-as on the salts I would use 7-9mm depending on the bait bulkiness. I would also only use one of three colors, red prism, silver prism, or chartreuse prism all with a black pupil. If you could get a char/red/blk eye, I think that would be killer on most of your applications. If you want to try some larger eyes for your larger baits pm me. I have some 10-14or15mm that are way to big for my stuff. Hope this helps, bb

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Awesome thanks, I was going to go with 8mm but was not sure on that or the color. I notice some have an offset pupil(up, down, behind, etc) for flight eye movement I guess? is that worth the extra cost? Is the 3d eye guy operating from an ebay store? The website won't come up...Thanks again for the reply.

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you can make some 3d eyes with some 5 min epoxy,hole punch and some reflector tape(I use bumper stickers too)just punch out the back part of the eye add a pupil any color you want,then mix up some 5 min epoxy putting a small dab on the reflector tape dot you punched out just so it gos to the edge of the dot let it dry and you have a 3d eye

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you can make some 3d eyes with some 5 min epoxy,hole punch and some reflector tape(I use bumper stickers too)just punch out the back part of the eye add a pupil any color you want,then mix up some 5 min epoxy putting a small dab on the reflector tape dot you punched out just so it gos to the edge of the dot let it dry and you have a 3d eye

If your using Devcon 5 minute epoxy I hope your top coating over the eyes after you put them on as the 5 minute Devcon is not waterproof. The 30 minute Devcon is waterproof and you can get the same results with it. Just takes a little longer to dry.

Ben

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i use the devcon 5 min and e-tex over everything so it will be waterproof,also you can use foil as the back of the eyes and it gives it a diff look

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