My float are developed from traditional British waggler floats such as these. They use and have used the same type of eyelet for centuries: http://traditionalfishingfloats.co.uk/
I was using a softer aluminum jewelry wire, but now I'm using #32 stainless steel safety wire. I've sold the last of the old soft wire in the long floats, although there are still plenty of short floats with the soft wire left.
Here's the original batch of floats I made one weekend:
The true bodied-Waggler-style float. I no longer make this one as the mid body positioning of the float works much better. I believe the low-bodied Waggler castser better. The Mid-body design is more sensitive.
Started out curing these outside on my steps:
A terrible rain ruined a whole batch of floats, so I had to move production inside:
Then I learned how to use an airbrush. Really the natural wood is most visible, but everyone wants the color. I went ahead, bit the bullet and bought an airbrush.
I mostly do basic colors now.
Although I generally don't do blue and white anymore, I often do a patriotic color around Memorial Day and July 4th.
These are basically the only colors I do now other that special holiday colors:
Hope you enjoyed this little picture gallery. Sort of a continuation of my dad's work.
P.S., As always if you want to try one, PM or shoot me a message at damon [at] blackwarriorlures [dot] com, and I'll pay to mail one out to you.