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Barbell Eyes, home made
Roland58 posted a topic in Beginner's CornerI was going to put this in the SBS section, but, after I saw all the beautiful pics, I thought this was a better place. If anyone finds a need for some barbell eyes and don't have any, here is how I solved the issue: I have some small pearl beads about the same size as some stick on eyes I have. I opened a paper clip and placed a bead on the end, so that the end of the wire was just inside the bead, then applied a small amount of super glue to the open hole. Capillary action sucked the super glue inside and secured the bead. I then laid the paper clip wire over another bead and marked the length needed to make the barbell. A pair of wire cutters easily cut the wire and don't worry about the sharp end as it will be inside the next bead. Once again, place the bead over the end of the wire with the end just inside the bead and place a very small amount of super glue on the hole. The next step is to stick an 'eye' on the end of each bead, mix some 30 min epoxy and apply a small amount over the entire bead. I held the barbell with some locking forceps for ease of epoxy application. Build up the epoxy on the very end of each side, the curvature will tend to magnify the eye giving it a 3D look. Once set, attach the 'barbell' to your hook in the conventional manner (figure 8 around the barbell with a build up of thread on each side of the barbell). A touch of super glue on the thread, if preferred, will permanently secure the eyes in place. I'll try to get some pictures very soon.