01-03-2011, 11:22 AM
Re: Eye Stickers and the best way to stick them
In addition to getting the right size, you might also want to try these two tips
1. put a slight bend in your eyes---
The cross section profile of the thread head on your fly is round, but the eyes coming off the mylar sheet are flat--- so when you put them on the head, there will be ridges on top and bottom where the decal comes off the thread.
If you give each eye a pinch between thumb and forefinger you can give the decals a slight bend--- not enough to put a crease in them, but so that they'll conform to the rounded shape of the head leaving less of a ridge on top and bottom. (You can also bend them around the needle of your bodkin before putting them on the head.)
After you have them in place, you'll want to put several thin coats of head cement (I use Sally Hansens's Hard As Nails), epoxy or whatever for a smooth head. (Several thin coats are better than one thick gloppy one.) As "gt" mentioned, you'll want to make sure that the the stuff doesn't settle and sag while curing, so you'll want to turn it in a rotary vise if you have one or by hand if necessary or on a wheel (motorized or hand turned) of some sort if you want to do more than one fly at a time.
2. If you try a few and they still don't look right, another thing you can do after putting the eyes on the head, is to cover the eyes with a few wraps of monofilament tying thread. This will definitely keep them in place. When you coat the head with epoxy or head cement the mono thread wraps will disappear.
Some of the new stuff like Bug Bond, Tuffleye and Clear Cure Goo that are "epoxy like" resins use a UV light to cure set up instantly making the turning part unnecessary, but there is considerable "start up" expense involved in getting the special wavelength light (but this cost is offset by eliminating the need for a fly turner.)