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Thread: Another way of making Eyes for Shrimp, Prawn and Crab

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    Instead of buying ready made eyes for shrimp, prawn or crabs - rather make your own in more colours than available in any fly shop. You can make hundreds of these for a few Rand. You will need monofilament line of about 10 to 50 pound, a candle (allows you to work with both hands), Prestic and nail varnish in a colour of your choice.

    Cut as many pieces of monofilament as required, one for every eye you want to make - in this case, 60 to 65 mm should be ample. Light the candle and heat up the one end of the cut line until it burns by itself. You will burn anywhere between 10 and 15 mm of the line before you will have to blow out the flame. Beyond this, the burning bead will start sagging and if not careful, the molten stuff will drip on you. Ouch!! While the molten bead cools, keep the line in a vertical position with the bead on the bottom - this will allow for a nice looking eyes and not end up with a lopsided eye - unless that is what you want to make (crabs have eyes hanging to one side of the eye stalk).

    Once cold, dip the beaded end into the colour nail varnish of your choice. Hang the eye with the bead on the bottom to dry. If you do not like the clear monofilament, you can used coloured ones or even use a permanent marker to colour the clear line. The end result - beautiful eyes and damn cheap.



    Last edited by Wiets; 02-06-07 at 02:27 AM.

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    is that a scented candle?
    the patient mental...

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    Yes ... anchovy smell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiets View Post
    Yes ... anchovy smell!
    No. cob de brule'

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