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Painting and Installing Fish Eyes into a Cast Fish

Painting and Installing Fish Eyes into a Cast Fish

by World Champion Mike Kirkhart

Author: Administrator Account/Saturday, March 21, 2020/Categories: Articles - All, Articles - Home Page, Winter 2020 Issue 136

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When it comes to eyes, I feel the life of the mount starts in the eyes. Most of us look into the eyes of each other to communicate and the instinct is to look at a creature in the eyes before scanning the rest of the body. I look at fish the same way. A good fish mount needs a great eye set, just like as with animals and birds. The tricky part of fish eyes is the variety of species and the various colors of eyes they can have. If you take into account the different sizes needed, it’s crazy to have that much inventory in stock waiting to fit into the size fish on your bench. Yes, I keep lots of precolored Flex Eyes in stock, but when I have fish that have larger eyes or need different shapes and profiles, it’s always better to paint them myself.

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