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Time to dig into the wife's fingernail polish supplies. Make sure you tell her your doing this. Ask her what's cheap and disposable (I grabbed a $40 clear coat and she almost killed me) You need actually three different types. A deep black color for the black of the eye and whatever color you want the pupil ring to appear. I usually go with the silvery color below or a golden yellow. The wax paper provides the no stick surface you'll be peeling from later on.
The How - To
This is a pretty easy how-to so I'll keep it short. Cut and place about a 12 inch section of wax paper. Then start filling the sheet with little dots of silver (or whatever color you chose) fingernail polish down in 1/4 inch globs. The technique is to saturate the brush tip and barely touch it to the paper. Give the brush a couple up and down pumps to fill the eye to the size you want. Allow the fingernail polish to dry for 10 minutes.
Once the polish is somewhat dry, use your finger and carefully indent the top of the bulge to give yourself a flat surface to add the black. Then add the black fingernail polish, I like to place the black dot in various sizes and places on the silver polish to give the impression of looking in a direction. Apply in the same manner for the remaining pupil globs.
This is important, allow the eyes to dry for 24 hours.
If you try to peel them to early they will bend and distort.
Once they are fully dry the next day they're ready to go. They can peeled (as seen above) and gently pressed onto your lure of choice.
The last step is simply to seal them in with clear base fingernail polish. (Make sure you use the cheap stuff!)
I like to glob mine on extra thick to give some depth to the look of the eye.
Allow to dry for 30 minutes and your all set.