Luckily I worked at a flyshop at the time, but like so many items definitely can be cheaper with a little intuition... let's see the design, sounds interesting. Do you use a pyramid or a bank sinker?
I would opt for spring steel over the paper clip but I get the idea. How did you center and embed?
thanks in advance
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum