moss mouse mold

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the mold used for the moss mouse. sculpey master in background


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LOL - you wouldnt want to see the video - it was messy, lacked professionalism, and was full of cussing. This was actually my very 1st mold as well - all prior pouring experience was with purchased aluminum worm, craw and solid frog molds. I'm a rod builder, not a lure maker. You shoulda seen me freaking out trying to pull the 2 sides of this RTV mold apart after it cured - they were stuck! I either didnt apply enough mold release, or the mold release didnt work as well as I thought it would. Also, another goof occurred when I laid in the hook. I CA'd the rabbit zonker to the hook with pro soft, which works very well - but trust me, dont do this IN THE MOLD like I did (what an idiot) - the glue dripped onto the mold and made a hard spot/indentation that made a thin spot on the top of my hollow-body bait. What did amaze me was that the 'slot' for the hook worked so nice using hooks in the master - I dont know why I'm so amazed, but I am. I wasnt so confident about it, but in the end the hooks fit perfectly into the slots in the mold and dont get covered up.

PS - I'm also modifying the mold fixture. For one thing, I dont need all that wood. For another, the all-thread needs to be better centered and I'll use nuts to tighten the mold on the rod. Finally, I need tighter rubber bands and a faster motor to improve the flow/spread and containment of the Flex 40 inside the mold.

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that sounds like me the first time i made a pop mold. not enough water, then too much, finally got it to harden to realize some baits floated up some didnt wwant to unstick. it was a big mess lol

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Ha, I love these stories of doom and disaster. Makes me feel content that I am not the only one that goofs up.

What speed would you say is ideal for this process?

The material sounds like latex rubber. I think the speed has to be fast enough for it not to have a chance to run. I am thinking 60 to 120rpm. This is just an opinion.

Do you have a link to the Larry D site, I would like to have a read. I tried a Google, but nothing obvious came up.

Dave

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Ha, I love these stories of doom and disaster. Makes me feel content that I am not the only one that goofs up.

What speed would you say is ideal for this process?

The material sounds like latex rubber. I think the speed has to be fast enough for it not to have a chance to run. I am thinking 60 to 120rpm. This is just an opinion.

Do you have a link to the Larry D site, I would like to have a read. I tried a Google, but nothing obvious came up.

Dave

Actually, the rod dryer is 11 rpm and I think with the new fixture/design (see subsequent photos) it is just right for this application - you cn get a cheap one at cabelas. The trick is the right amount of Flex 40 to get the right thickness - but i can tell you it doesnt take much (a lot for your $). See makelure.com for the material and huntforbigfish.com for Larry's site and links to the forum, etc - these are really his innovative ideas for the process, as I've stated in the forum etc. There are other duro's of the Flex material but this one seems to work just fine.

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