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Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby toadfrog » Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:46 pm

I have some plastic lures that are at least 10 years old . They have hand painted eyes . The maker of these lures passed away a long time ago . What he used to paint these eyes went with him . I can tell you they stay put . You have to dig them off to the point of shearing the plastic . Can any body hazard a guess to what type paint would be that effective . The lure paint I'm aware of today has been to thin to produce a good eye.
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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby dahlberg » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:50 am

If you could send a picture it would help a lot. There are a number of different ways to create eyes. In fact, that would be a good topic for a short video. thanks for the post,
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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby toadfrog » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:34 am

Don't know if this will work but here goes. https://i.imgur.comADjAR75jpg Never tried this before.
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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby toadfrog » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:01 pm

Hand painting eyes on lures of all kinds is a reoccurring theme constantly in the home made tackle arena . I sure wish you could do a video that addresses all those issues . It would be greatly appreciated .
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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby aka anglinarcher » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:33 pm

Larry,
I think this link will take you to a picture of the eyes he is talking about.

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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby toadfrog » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:38 am

The link I put in won't work will need to try again . What a pain those sites are getting to be .
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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby aka anglinarcher » Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:34 pm

Toadfrog,

I remember the eyes you are talking about. I never had the specific lure you are taking about, but I had similar ones with that type of eye.

I remember in High School in the 70's a chemistry teacher telling me that NO PAINT would stick to plastic, so I assumed it was a highly pigmented plastic that was applied hot, like a hot melt glue gun for plastic. I melted some plastic at the time and stuck drops on the lures to make eyes but I had problems in getting that much pigment into the plastic and it was hard to get the fusion.

Later I noticed that if the lures got hot the eyes would come off and the pigment would smear, like a paint. I also discovered that my High School Chemistry teacher was not as smart as I thought so it is quite possible that some super aggressive paint was available at the time.

I have not seen that type of eye in some time. Good luck.

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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby toadfrog » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:01 am

Thank you for the insight . I am in the process of transforming a hot glue gun into a miniature hot plastic injector . Plastic will stick to plastic . Can I get enough controll to produce a good eye . We shall see. I have found that a glass plunger from a 10cc hypodermic syringe will fit the back of a glue gun . Should know over the week end how this performs .
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Re: Dang ole hand painted eyes

Postby toadfrog » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:14 pm

The answer for me my friends Is PVC cement Stick the eye on with it . Then dip it . In part or in whole . The Alumite powder stays just fine . The eyes will stay well enough that a strike won't dislodge them unless of course you catch toothy critters . Get someone to mix you a thicker formula and you can produce a pretty good 3D eye using the powder. If you want a pupil that is not round then mix pigment and put it in a hypodermic , Make a bubble with the thicker solution of cement . Then stick the needle in the bubble and move in the direction you want the pupil color to run . This takes practice and steady nerves . I hope this helps someone wandering in the woods of confusion like me . Check it out . So far I haven't had any ill effects to the baits . But you never know . Looking forward to that video Larry. LOL
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