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How to prepare a hook for a Boutonnière
Hopefully this will help some of you.

Val, I would welcome any feedback from you.

I'm the Keith Moon of soldering; sloppy.


Wire cutters
2 straight pins

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Soldering iron

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Use the wire cutters to clip the heads of the pins off.

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Use some pliers to bend the clipped pins into an "L" shape.

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Use the file to score the hook shank so that solder will stick to it.

Spread some flux on the hook shank.

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Silver the hook shank with your soldering iron and some solder.

Try to spread it as thin as possible.

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Dip the clipped pins into solder.

One at a time, hold each pin against the hook shank using a pair of pliers.

Use your soldering iron to apply solder to each pin.

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Use a grinding tool or file to even out the solder points.

This is a finished hook ready for tying.

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Another view of a finished hook.

If you want to spend more time evening out the solder points, you can, but I build such thick bodies that I'm not too concerned about how it looks underneath.

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Jon Kopczyk

Fascinating Jon...and obviously a tedious time consuming job. I do hope the groomsmen appreciate what is involved here.....

Your soldering may be a little sloppy...but Keith Moon was one fine drummer Cool
Petri Heil,
The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits - Albert Einstein
Pretty slick Jon! So, you just drive the pins into the chest?!
Happy Trails!

Ronn Lucas, Sr.
Looks good to me, Jon. Well, actually, looks like it would be a pain in the a$$ tie! It is that much more impressive knowing you had to work around the points.

My only advise would be to make sure all materials is clean and grease free before you flux and solder. I would have ground the finish off the hook where I was going to solder too. I like bare metal to bare metal. I would cover it with a few coats of nail polish when you are done to prevent future oxidization.

You could bend the pin to a more traditional shape like this, too. But don't bend the long part parallel to the shank until after you tie.


my hooks are mostly tig welder, but when I do solder I use this stuff.

solder, varying melting points:
Thank you everyone.

When  I've done these in the past I've suggested pencil erasers to prevent the pin points from going where you don't want them, but they've been long enough to bend over as well.

I've actually found that working around the pins is easier that the premade ones that have the safety pins attached, that bothered me as I found it harder to tie around.

Hopefully I don't get too many more requests to do these LOL.

Thanks again for the feedback and the links.

Jon Kopczyk

I'll take three dozen of them Jon!!! {8^)
Happy Trails!

Ronn Lucas, Sr.
It just dawned on me that a tube fly application might make this easier...
Tube fly application...great idea Val!! No reason that shouldn't do the job.....
Petri Heil,
The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits - Albert Einstein
Fascinante Jon ... y obviamente un trabajo tedioso que consume tiempo. Espero que los novios aprecien lo que está involucrado aquí ...

Su soldadura puede ser un poco descuidada ... pero Keith Moon era un buen baterista

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