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How do you guys do this? I can tell they aren't painted on freehand as I have done in the past. If you use some product that you purchase, please include specific details such as size, etc.

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Randall

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Super nice jigs, Jim!

Randall, you can get Eyes to put on jigs just about any where they sell fly tying or lure components. I like to start out with a blank round head jig and tap each side with a hammer just enough to have a flat area to attach the eye.  Paint and dress the jig to your liking, adhere the eye and then clear coat the jig head.  Put the jig on a rotating spindle ( can be easily made with a barbecue rotisserie motor) to dry the clear coat evenly.

For crappies, I have the best luck with the metallic foil eyes.

I use the craft paint from wal mart;; a little hard as nails over coat

I spend more time on the jig heads than the tying themselves. First thing I do is get my needle nose pliers and flatten the jig head with the smooth part of my pliers. I then paint the jig heads with 2 or 3 coats of powder paint fist coat always white my first coat/base coat. The 2nd coat is my desired color and the 3rd coat a clear with glitter. Then I add my holographic 3D eyes. Then over the eyes 3 coats of Sally Hansen hard as nails of coarse a drying period between each coat. Then come the jig tying .

you have it down right to Dicky!!   your jigs look awesome buddy!!    guys- don't forget those little glass triva things in craft shops.  you can have red eys; green; blue, silver.  possibilities are really endless.  on a small note-- have thought of even shallow drill a few; just to see how it would look; with glass eys flush with body.  something to play with this long winter!!

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