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Here's a silicone swimbait I made. The color won't wear off because it's built in! It's a line through top hook.
Looks great. You did a fine job with the mold. Also with colouring the silicone. What type silicone do you use to make the lure? Hardness ect ect
It's ecoflex 30 from smooth-on. It's 00-30 hardness which is below shore A. That's the softest silicone that I have found that isn't tacky once cured. It's a little stiffer than standard plastisol, but if you make your tails a little thinner they still kick really well. It's more durable than plastisol (I've caught several dozen fish on another bait I made without tears or anything) and I think it's a lot safer and easier to work with. I glued the eyes on with G.E. silicone *I clear caulk. You can get it at most hardware stores, but it has to be silicone I, not silicone II. It's the only silicone I have found that will stick. You could also use that to repair a bait if it did tear.
Awsome, Thanks for the info. I have thought about makin some lures with it, just never did. I make all my own RTV molds, so is nothing new for me. I might try some in the near future when I get some time or at the least next winter.
The only thing to watch out for, is I'm not sure how you would pour silicone into silicone. If you used a release, you may not be able to paint it afterward if that's something you would want to do. You might need to make a silicone positive and then make a hard resin mold to pour into, or make your molds out of some sort of non-silicone rubber. Not sure. I make my molds out of HDPE that I carve with a cnc machine so It's not an issue.
THats nice. I have used HDPE for masters before. I was gona use some type of hard material. Urathane maybe, will need to research again, been a while since I checked on all that stuff
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