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Making Wing Material
DHC posted a topic in The Fly Tying BenchMaking Wing Material (click to enlarge) Making top quality wing material is a fairly simple process once you have all the supplies necessary. To start you need a pressing talbe and scissors as well as the following items: (click to enlarge) 1. Iron 2. Heat-n-Bond® ultrahold 3. Netting or Polypropylene (PP) Hair 4. Polyethylene foam sheeting 5. Alcohol ink for additional coloring 6. Teflon® Pressing Pad The pressing table can be an ironing board or any padded surface that can withstand high heat. The recommended iron is a Hobbico® 170-watt custom sealing iron, but you can use a regular pressing iron (although it should only be used for this process). Heat-n-Bond® ultrahold iron-on adhesive is made by Therm O Web® and is available at most sewing supply stores. Netting and the Teflon® pressing pad can be acquired at most fabric stores. PP hair is available on the web at a number of suppliers. Alcohol ink is available at a number of hobby shops. Step-by-Step Process (click to enlarge) 1. Coloring the polyethylene foam sheeting 2. Laying black netting (bottom) PP hair (top) 3. Adding 2nd layer colored PE (optional) 4. Heat-n-Bond folded into a sandwich, ready to press on Teflon® pressing pad 5. Iron on hottest setting foam, netting, and hair inside first pressing 6. Sandwich turned over 2nd pressing 7. After cooled completely, peel back one side 8. Peel off to remove wing material (click to enlarge) Examples of dry flies made with this wing material (click to enlarge) Examples of nymphs made with this wing material (click to enlarge)
a body like daddies, and wings too please
luckyjim posted a topic in The Fly Tying Benchhi guys, im pretty new to the forum and to tying. I am looking to tie up some daddies/craneflys/dragonflies/mayflies ... I like the idea of a foam body but cant seem to find a template or shape cutter. I have wing cutters bit they are not for bigger wings... I am in Scotland (coz I know a load of you guys are in the USA). Any advise as to what, where, and how to get a body shape cutter and wing cutters to suit? Cheers! Lucky Jim