Another unique christmas gift that the girlies made this year was salmon fly wine charms. Each of the girlies have a Jar in my Fly Tying Studio where we put their flies, the jar was getting pretty full so I was thinking of a use for them, and voila, Pinterest comes to the rescue again. I asked the girlies if they wanted to make some special decorations for their flies and they were all over it. I picked up the formed metal hoops and the beads at Michaels, but if you have any extra bead s around from bead-heads they will work fine.
I took the girls flies and cut off the hook-tip with a pair of heavy duty side cutters, use a pair of flush cutting if you have them, tears up the hook less. and then I glued a bead on between the barb and the cut hook tip, and if you cut just correct, the bead will rest with no hook sticking through the bead, I then cut the formed metal hoops so they were all the same size, there was a lot of variation in diameters in the pack I picked up.
The girlies then used the fly’s and beads to decorate their wine charms, I used a bit of head cement at the end to glue the two end beads in place to keep them from rotating, and voila, displayed on a cork and the girlies were proud of their creations. They were very happy to be giving away Christmas gifts the they made themselves. I might try and make a set myself with classic feather wings.