Bump for us saddos stuck in with the kids on new years eve!
Had a tinker over the holidays with making bodies from layers of 1.5mm balsa glued/ laminated around a stem. It looks as rough as a badgers harris at first, but when the balsa has sucked up the glue and dried, it's mega strong. The superglue from the pound shop, five bottles for a quid, is dead runny and great for this. Clamp gently in a vice till it sets:
Next the tip of the float goes in a cordless drill clamped in a vice. The body is shaped with a dremel drum sanding bit on slow speed as the cordless rotates. You have to be gentle clamping the tip, and let the stem spin through your fingers, but it shapes up ok. When the basic shape is there, move onto a nail file, and then 800 and 1200 grit, all done while the float is spinning in the cordless drill. This one has had a few dips in lacquer, and is ready to go. I'll use this for white water, the drip of the lacquer on the tip will help my dodgy eyes see it :
The stem and tip is one piece of 1.5mm hollow carbon tube, so the line can co straight through, there is also an additional piece of tube through the body for when the line needs to leave the float below the tip, this additional piece of tube is glued in over length , and then shaped in with the body. The body tube is on this side but hard to see: