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Decoy eyes
I'm looking for eyes for my LL bean black duck decoys
can anyone recommend size, and color?
also where i can find them?
Thanks
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Someone will jump into help. But first read the rules about real names please.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

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9mm brown
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size sounds o k Get from Tohickon, BUT specify ON WIRES
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Use the solid Black (antique style) usually less $$, and ya can't go wrong.

As Decoy Monster Machine wrote, "on wires". Wise advise.


my 2 cents











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Please use your real name.

Eric Patterson
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Thanks guys
didn't realize the name, old account
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Thanks for changing it.

How was the season out on LI this year?


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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George & Vince~


As it happens, I needed to replace some eyes on a couple of LL Bean Deluxe Oversize Black Ducks as I read this post. I have a few thoughts - and a question for you to "on wire" guys.


Here is what I believe are the originals - amber set deep in socket with no visible filler:






The heads on the Deluxe Oversize are different from the standard Coastals. But, I have always thought they were a bit undersized for the nice big bodies. In any event, a couple of the birds had mismatched eyes (kinda like me nowadays.....) - the original amber on one side and a replacement - much larger, black, and on a "tack" (much stiffer than a wire). I could not discover how the original amber eye had been secured.







I have replaced both with 10mm Dark Brown eyes. As Vince suggested, I like solid Black eyes for many puddlers, Geese and Brant - but I had none on hand. I use 10mm instead of 9mm simply because these decoys are oversize. I use 9mm on my own life-size decoys and on the Wildfowlers I have been restoring.



I set the eyes in Elmer's wood filler (Interior-Exterior). I have used it for many years and I like its water solubility - for both inserting the eye (as a lubricant) and for fairing with a wet brush. I seal the cured filler with varnish or oil primer before topcoating.






So - my question: What benefit do you find with wires? I am not arguing against them. I used them early on - but they just got in my way. I seat the eyes encased within the filler - and have yet to have an escapee. Do you press the wire into the wood - or form a loop to be embedded in filler?



Never too old to learn - I welcome your sage perspectives.


All the best,


SJS
Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Steve, i use mostly tens, but nines on teal buffies and other smalls. I have always been a prpponent of the looped ire in wood putty pproach. I use the acetone based type, and hit the edge with a hot tool once a group are inserted.
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Good morning, Young Man~


Thanks! I had not heard of fairing the cured filler with heat.



All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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I use 9mm glass eyes on wire on all my decoys except swans, they get larger eyes. I poke a pilot hole in the eye socket for the wire, add glue to wire and eye base and install. By the way, I have plenty of surplus eyes , should you be wanting some.