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So here's what I'm thinkin'...attach those plastic google eyes ( you know the kind I mean? a little black plastic disk inside a clear plastic chamber with a white plastic back)craft-makers use them for making toys & stuff, anyway I figured they would be great on some of my lures, fish like a bait with big eyes on them, but I cant get them to stick! I've tried superglue(wouldn't hold at all), contact cement (too messy) & finally a hot glue gun...this worked for a short time, I got about 2 hr's of pitching & reeling a rapala husky jerk through the water before they started coming loose, (note: when one eye comes off remove the other or your lure won't track right) I had also thought of countersinking eye sockets prior to glueing them down but dont want to start messing up my good baits in the name of science so I'm holding off until I can find some "Junkers" out on the water. Back to my question: Does anyone have any suggestions as to what adhesive I can use to hold them on longer than 2 hr's?
 

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Just a though, but you might try some stuff I believe is made by Carlson Tackle called Fishin Glue. I think it originaly was made to secure your knots when using braided line, but it is similar to super glue but supposed to be water proof. May not work, but worth a try. I know some people use it to secure soft plastics to jig heads and such.
 

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You can get large stick on eyes from just about any fly shop (Bass Pro or Orvis for example). They are two dimensional, unlike the kind you're discribing, but the stick on ones shouldn't slip and would give just as good a profile.
 
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Mr Hat,
thnx for the suggestion but the 3D eyes is what I'm determined to get to work, the pupils move giving the lure a more lifelike (freaked out fish) appearence and because they protrude out from the body of the bait they add just a little more wiggle to the bait, I think the epoxy is the ticket!
 
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Gotta agree on the epoxy as well. I carve my own lures and have experimented with all the routes you have ventured down as well. I prefer 5 minute epoxy. because of the quick set time, you can easily position the eyes one at a time yet not have to stand there all day waiting for the epoxy to set up. Perhaps the best reason to use epoxy though is because of the seal it forms with the lure body. More times than not you are trying to glue a flat eyeball backing to a curved lure body. Because of the thickness of epoxy, you can put just enough under the eyeball to fill in the gap between the curved body and the flat backing.

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So how are they working?
Are the fish jumping out of the water to get away form those scary eyes or do the smalljaws think the're gobies?
 

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when I troll cranks at night, I found that some glown ppaint on the eyes and tail did wonders. In order to get the paint to stick, we had to scuff up the surface a bit.
 

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Sticky Stuff...

Have you tried the sealant that they use for aquariums? You can pick it up at any hardware store and it is "Waterproof" when it dries. Haven't used it for something as small as the eyes :roll: that you are talking about, but, it would be worth a try.
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No doubt that epoxy would work, but you might try Gorilla Glue also, I would think it may be a little easier to work with for ya, and should hold anything.
 

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I don't have any suggestions, I just wanted to say "Hi Bob". It's been awhile, glad to see you're still around!
 
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