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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:20 PM
I am looking for some info on making eyes. I want to make some big eyes for some of my swimbaits and make them in a bunch of different colors. Has anyone made custom eyes say anywhere from 6 mm to 12mm eyes? What material do I use?
Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:30 PM
I use a two part epoxie that I use in taxidermy. Put two parts together into a puddy consistancy. Then put it on the bait and mash it down into a small circle, or eye. Experiemet with the amounts of epoxy to determine how big your eyes, once its dry I paint it
Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:32 PM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:38 PM
Check out solarfall video on making fish eyes, he uses 5 minute clear epoxy
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:12 PM
there is a youtube video where a guy shows you exactly how to do it.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:39 PM
If you go to the how2 tutorials section-->Hardbait how to-->click the thread "my painting tutorial videos"-->post #12. That is where the video by Solarfall for making fish eyes is located. Pretty cool stuff.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:50 PM
Thanks, that helps alot.
One more question. When you do large eyes like that they will still be mostly flattened. Anyone know how to makes eyes that big but basically have them be half a sphere. Looking to get a really buggy look. Almost like if I was to cut a marble in half kind of thickness.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:24 PM
I would take a small plastic box fill it with the 100% silicone and water mix and push some marbles into it let it set up for a half hour and you would have your mold to make your eyes you could then use bondo or epoxy or casting resin to make them.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:24 AM
wouldn't you need a releasing agent of some sort for the epoxy?
Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:05 PM
Not likely, the bondo or epoxy won't stick to the silicone once it's cured.
Edited by bassguy, 15 April 2012 - 04:05 PM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:01 AM
Here is what I do. I use e-tex that is left over and pour it into my empty contact lens containers. I wear disposable contacts and keep them all. I usually make 6-10 at a time. Here is what they look like when I put them on lures.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:52 AM
Aren't you afraid the bait will see so well it can avoid the predators?
Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:03 AM
I knew somebody was jumpin' on that.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:04 PM
It was just too easy. Hahaha
Actually, I was thinking that was a really original idea for making eyes.
I wonder what the eyes would look like if you put the old contacts back in, and poured right over them.
Edited by mark poulson, 16 April 2012 - 12:05 PM.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:56 AM
Well here is what I have just tried. I needed some super glue accelerater, so I stopped at hobbytown and got some. Took it to work, and it works really good. Anyways, I took a piece of label stuff that is like a sticker. Clored it red, and used a big hole punch to cut it out. Colored the pupil. Dropped about 10 drops of CA glue and hit it with accelerater. It actually looks pretty good. And it stayed round, as opposed to flattening out. Rob
Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:13 PM
Just to see how big they are I put one on a 1.5" bait I am making!
Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:31 AM
Been trying to make eyes for a few years now. Make them with epoxy, very tedious but getting close now.
Eye 1.JPG 325.27KB 145 downloads
Mullett - Copy.JPG 117.88KB 204 downloads
And some "Barramundi" or "Walleye eyes":
Barra 1.JPG 173.12KB 189 downloads
T-skin 2.JPG 246.56KB 143 downloads
Edited by hazmail, 23 April 2012 - 07:31 AM.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:04 PM
Amazing work Haz.... What wood are you making those gems out of?
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:44 AM
We have gone full circle mate, I have just come from the 'Aussie wheel' post, sorry I did not answer your post--the wood is 'Kauri Pine' from New Zealand , also Australia (Queensland).