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nice, cheap glass eyes?

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Hey everyone,

Does anyone know where I can get some glass eyes for my baits that are relatively cheap but good? (you know...things they use on taxidermed stuff...black dog baits, etc.) The cheapest ive found is ~4-5$ which is pretty expensive. Any sites or places to find them would be sweet! :yay:

Thanks,

Sean

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Dunno, if you only want glass. If plastic 3D eyes will do, you can find various sizes at Jann's Netcraft or at staminainc.com

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Try Van Dyke taxidermy.com. I recently bought some eyes and I was pleased with the quality and the price.

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On E-Bay check out the seller jncshop He sells all types of glass eyes in all different sizes. Good prices too :)

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I buy mine from Van Dykes Taxidermy Supply as well. Depending on size and style you can get them for a little over $1 a pair.

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Depends how realistic you require. If you want realism, get the taxidermy style. If you want round pupil or maybe cat eye, you can sometimes find them at places like Michael's art stores, or places that sell doll making material.

Yes, doll making material. Get ready for some strange looks if you find a specialty type store. The doll type eyes often have a "post" that extends behind the pupil that you would use to push into the doll eye sockets.

When adapting one of those to baits, you can cut off the post or snip it off with clippers if it hinders your design.

Also, with glass eyes, weight is a major consideration since they are way heavier than the type BobP mentioned. For that reason, eye placement is absolutely critical when using glass.

Good luck.

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Van Dykes sounds like as good as you could hope to find at a little over a buck a pair. Glass eyes are the finishing touch for back-in-the-day style lures that originally had them.

Dean

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I wouldn't balk at $1 a pair either, but the ones I saw a couple of years ago sold for $0.79 for six pieces (three pair).

They were produced (or at least marketed by) Bel Tree Corporation. I don't have a website, but the package stated the following:

Bel Tree, Inc.

Strongsville, OH 44136

MADE IN CHINA

Bel Tree Corporation (A Sunzusei of Japan Product)

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