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  2. Thank to everyone who suggested the heat stabilizer. I needed to shoot a new mold just to try it out. Added heat stabilizer to my old (4 years old now) plastic and all was fine again. Reminded me of the old Calhoun’s when it was new. It went through 7 reheats and never saw an issue. I added more after the third or fourth reheat. I prolly used 1/2 teaspoon in 150ML. Between 1/2 and 3/4 cup. Here’s what it looked like.
  3. Looks good Bassman17$. i like those.
  4. +1 for mold max 60. I buy direct from smooth on and it has worked great for prototyping until I’m ready to send files off for an aluminum mold.
  5. Thanks for all of the ideas guys. I ran across this spray paint the other day, and though it sprays a bit heavy, it’s not a bad chrome finish. Not perfect, but pretty good. https://www.michaels.com/testors-gloss-enamel-spray/10109550.html?cm_mmc=PLASearch-_-google-_-MICH_Shopping_US_N_Craft+%26+Hobbies_N_Smart_BOPIS_N-_-&Kenshoo_ida=&kpid=go_cmp-9972406265_adg-99939223639_ad-433378147590_pla-981059439317_dev-m_ext-_prd-10109550&gclid=Cj0KCQjwqrb7BRDlARIsACwGad6jmABWySuK-rnY5YrEHpdShEQa6cbvn7I2_laSM0Jv5q8M70_V6jkaAolREALw_wcB 50-50 chrome powder/clear powder will be my next trial.
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  7. Yes you can put a wire keeper in the mold. All you have to do is hollow out the shank part of where the hook shank is.
  8. 4/0

    Hook strength question

    Thanks for the help. I ordered 100 each 3/0 & 4/0 of the 32833 NP-BN. I'll post up a couple pictures after I see how they work.
  9. Airbrushed, and then coated with clear nail polish. You'll lose the jig before the paint/nail polish ever fails.
  10. If I really wanted to use the heavier Mustad hook, I'd pivot the hook so the eye is closer to the lead head, even if I wound up with the hook's shank at the bottom of the hook keeper where it enters the head or slightly exposed on the bottom. The bait will hide any exposed hook shank.
  11. Make sure they fit prior to buying a lot of them. They have a shorter eye leg than most hooks from what I remember. Allen
  12. I use one of two ways, depending whether the bait is one part or jointed. For one part I use papertrick, shown below. First, I trace the bait to a peace of paper and cut it out. Then I fold it in half, find the balancing point and press my pen through. Then I mark the point to my bait. Easy way to find center of gravity for one part bait. For jointed baits, I always find the CoG for each segments. I could use this paper trick to find the center but then there's an weight distribution problems... So I use this method below instead. I'll take an rubber band and twist a small wire on to it. You can also use fishing line. I'll loop that rubber band on the segment of my bait and start adding weights to that wire. I can change the distribution of the weights by moving the rubber band to front or back, or adding a second one, like shown in pics below. Weight in front of the CoG. Weight behind the CoG. Almost perfect weight distribution. Then I mark these spots, drive holes and add these weights.
  13. 4/0

    Hook strength question

    Just found this hook at Capt.Hooks . They have it up to 6/0. Thanks .
  14. 4/0

    Hook strength question

    Munkin, Thanks, I need 3/ & 4/0. dang it. I'm going to use a 90 d hook though. I don't like the way the eye " sticks " out so far above the top of jig with the 60 D hook. Every piece of grass would find that and wrap up. Appreciate the help, 4/0
  15. That is a 30+ year old mold, When almost everybody used pork trailers... They made a newer mold with eyes and barb since then. See if you like this https://store.do-itmolds.com/Weedless-Casting-Jig-Molds_c_53.html I always modify my jig molds for keepers. Normally for the WDB1000 double keeper.
  16. How does the plastic stay on without a barbed collar? Can the mold accept a wire keeper with modifications?
  17. https://barlowstackle.com/Mustad-Jig-Hooks-Style-32833NP-BN-P394/ These should work but I don't know what size you need? Allen
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  19. Just remember, shoes,( not flip flops.) Long pants and long sleeved shirts will protect you from plastic burns. Hot plastic is very unforgiving.
  20. Cadman is a specialist with a brush tap method. You should look him up in the gallery.
  21. Hi all, what is the secret to getting a slight accent color under the jig head where it blends in so smoothly? similar to pic attached. Can it be done with powder paint? or is it sprayed on? can't figure it out. in the attached pic you see a nice highlight of green blending into the green pumpkin on the jig head. thanks in advance
  22. i have tried the powder coat method similar to paint jigs, cure them in oven. So far so good.
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