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flyandice

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  1. Great link. Yep, shellac is insect poo and alcohol soluble and comes in many different forms. Lacquer is made by mixing nitric acid and cellulose (called nitrocellulose lacquer). Both can be dissolved with their respective solvent, even after they have hardened. Varnish and polyurethane cure by oxidation, and won't re-dissolve with a solvent after they are cured. I think for the head of a fly, any of the above would work. Depends what solvent smells you like!
  2. I use a piece of foam board, probably 11 x 17 or so, propped up on the desk-the bottom rests against my vise base and the top rests on the pigeon holes (I use a roll top desk). I think I spent a buck or 2 on the foam board, and got 2 pieces out of it. A glue stick and some construction paper and I can have varying shades and colors of backgrounds. I'm sorry, but I just cannot justify spending $40 or more for something like that, no matter how fancy. But that's just my personal opinion. Plus, the magnetic base wouldn't work on my Renzetti Traveller, EVERYTHING except the bobbin rest shaft is aluminum and not magnetic. One drawback to this vise. I need some place to stick my variety of magnets.
  3. They contacted me after a couple of days. The guy said that it is his part-time business, and with the special offer he got inundated with orders and is a little behind. That's fine with me, no problem. I'd also like to see more hook sizes as well. Maybe in the future as he gets a handle on thing and grows his business..
  4. Right on dontheo. I got a pint of lacquer & a gallon of thinner. I'll get several lifetimes out if it. And I can mix it in varying thicknesses if needed, or thin the lacquer if it thickens up. How well does the shellac hold up in water? I think lacquer might work a little better.
  5. No guarantees, but this stuff might help, It strips lacquer & varnish off of furniture, and it's not really harsh chemical based. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100141801/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=stripper&storeId=10051#.UTUgrTDviSo Acetone or lacquer thinner might also dissolve it. Test in an inconspicuous area first to see if it affects the denim. Good luck.
  6. I've used a banjo string to make lots of bobbin threaders. Just bend/fold/kink and add a handle. Sewing needles glued into a small dowel or wine cork make nice bodkins. A lifetime supply of copper wire can be harvested from mini Christmas light strings. There's always a few strands of lights that don't work the next year. I cut off sections a few inches long, and pull out a strand at a time as I use it. The green insulation keeps the rest of the strands held neatly. The insulation of the Christmas light wires could probably be used either as a tube or wrapped on a hook. I've also taken apart motors, hard drives, etc. and harvested the wire and magnets. Hard drive magnets are REALLY strong. Great for picking up the hooks you spilled on the floor. I've gotten green, brown, silver, and copper colored wire from these items. Another source of that thin foam-when the wife gets a pedicure, they put these little footie things on their feet & toes. The toe separators are thicker foam. I bought some type of decoration at Hobby Lobby made from goose biots or some type of bird biot, They have them dyed several different colors. http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/fresh-impression-shortbread-feather-plumage-662700/ Or maybe it was this thing. Hard to tell from the pics. http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/red-feather-pick-915579/ Other Hobby Lobby items that look good. You can just walk through the store or browse their site and use your imagination. http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/cascata-copper-feather-spray-702589/ http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/red-dyed-peacock-feather-273680/ Many other feathers, beads, threads, yarns, fake furs, etc.
  7. I ordered 7 packs from them last Wednesday and haven't heard back from them, other than the initial order confirmation. Usually, things I order online are shipped (or at least processed) in a day or 2 or 3. I sent them an email last night asking for a status update and still have not heard back from them yet.
  8. I just ordered this today. Renzetti Traveler Vise Fly Tying 2013 Renzetti Traveler Vise Fly Tying (TRAVLER 2000 ALUMINUM WITH BRASS FITTINGS (Pedestal), RIGHT HAND) 1 $159.95 They wanted 199.95 for the black anodized finish, but I didn't want to spend that much. From Platte River Fly Shop.
  9. FINALLY! Some cold weather for us ice fishermen here in N. Illinois. Hopefully the water will turn hard and get thick enough to walk on in a week or so. I'm hoping to see some ponds skimmed over by tomorrow morning if the wind ever dies down. Then the ice making can begin in earnest.
  10. Whatever you do, make sure to use a barbless hook. Easier to get out of your nose.
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