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woodmagnet

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There are some great looking floats on here,
I especially love the perch bobbers by peanut,
they are first class marra, well done. [:T]
 

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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

Here is my very first fully loaded......

"Peanut Pellet Waggler "

Total weight is about 7g.

Black and purple whippings, fluorescent pink tip & finished with beautifull feather.

 

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Can you guys point me in the right direction for buying all the bits you need to make your own pole floats please?

I would prefer an actual online /shop website if possible as trawling through ebay screens adding this then removing that is doing my head in.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Here is a selection
All good - depends what you want
Also from Gerry's of Nottingham (pre painted bodies
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Keiths-Fishing-Tackle
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/the-float-company?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
https://www.pole-floats.com/category/3/pole-float-making-materials.html
http://www.finessefloats.com/
Originally posted by JLK

Can you guys point me in the right direction for buying all the bits you need to make your own pole floats please?

I would prefer an actual online /shop website if possible as trawling through ebay screens adding this then removing that is doing my head in.

Thanks in advance.
 

JLK

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Thanks for this.

Could you advise on the best way to cut wire stems so they don't bend at the cut.

I was thinking maybe a dremmel tool to get a nice clean cut. What do you chaps use?

Also - Is there anyone that supplies alloy stems (not steel) in smaller diameters 0.5/0.60/0.8/1mm?

Thanks again.
 

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A dremmel cut will be neat enough, sand the edges to remove sharp edges.
Try model shops for rod - brass available in those dimensions.
Originally posted by JLK

Thanks for this.

Could you advise on the best way to cut wire stems so they don't bend at the cut.

I was thinking maybe a dremmel tool to get a nice clean cut. What do you chaps use?

Also - Is there anyone that supplies alloy stems (not steel) in smaller diameters 0.5/0.60/0.8/1mm?

Thanks again.
 

JLK

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That's super GeoffW. Thanks once again.

Now as I am a complete noob when it comes to making floats. Could you answer a question please.

In order - which would be the heaviest out of the three below yet the strongest from a springabilty point of view?

A stainless steel wire stem - 100mm x 0.5mm dia.
A nickle silver stem - 100mm x 0.5mm dia.
A brass stem - 100mm x 0.5mm dia.
 

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Here you go, as you can see, the brass and nickel silver are very similar,with the SS a bit lighter.
At the dimensions that you quoted I don't think the weight difference will be noticeable, more about the difference in other properties.
If you want light and strong and you can afford it go for titanium............

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/metal-alloys-densities-d_50.html
Originally posted by JLK

That's super GeoffW. Thanks once again.

Now as I am a complete noob when it comes to making floats. Could you answer a question please.

In order - which would be the heaviest out of the three below yet the strongest from a springabilty point of view?

A stainless steel wire stem - 100mm x 0.5mm dia.
A nickle silver stem - 100mm x 0.5mm dia.
A brass stem - 100mm x 0.5mm dia.
 
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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

A " Tinca Stick Special "

Based on my Tinca Stick with a few refinements, a whipped eye and a slightly different whipping and paint pattern on the float tip.

I 'm very happy with the way it has turned out.

 

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I love seeing all of floats Mike (peanut), but your perch bobbers
are still my favourite ones though. Please everyone who makes their own floats, show some pictures please. [;)]
 

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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

I have started to gear up for the 16th
Below are a set of my .....

" Irwell Sticks "

Designed for fishing fast.....ish shallow runs mainly for barbel , grayling and chub.

I will be trying for my second float caught Manchester Barbel this summer with these beauties.......[:W]

 

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Originally posted by peanut

http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

I have started to gear up for the 16th
Below are a set of my .....

" Irwell Sticks "

Designed for fishing fast.....ish shallow runs mainly for barbel , grayling and chub.

I will be trying for my second float caught Manchester Barbel this summer with these beauties.......[:W]



Not long now marra.
[:T]
 

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I've just had a go at making my first pole floats, they haven't turned out too bad - to look at - yet to try them in the water - I want to expand my range now and get some more materials, I have heard a few people having issues with orders from Finesse Floats, is it worth ordering stuff from them?
 

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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

A Metallic , Pearlescent,

" Dragon Green Perch Bobber "

With a Jay Feather Inlay.

 
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