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Crackle-back jerkbait

Crackle-back jerkbait

PVC, hand-carved scales, U-40 Permagloss topcoat. I tried the Elmer's Glue crackle method, and it worked out pretty well. I botched the next few baits I did, but I'm going to keep experimenting.

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    Mar 27 2011 11:49 AM
    Hey Fish

    Can I say "WOW" , I really like that color.

    man i love your baits great job on the crackle, ive had good luck mixing a little water with my glue.
    mark poulson
    Mar 27 2011 10:56 PM
    You have some mad carving skills!
    As for your crackle frustration, I found the easiest way to apply the glue consistently is to thin it a little with just enough water to make it sprayable, and spray in on with .5 tip airbrush. I use a siphon feed Badger, and keep a bottle of glue ready to go.
    I spray it on until it starts to fully cover the bait, and then spray the paint on right away, and heavy.
    I think that method would work for your bait's back, too.
    I tried brushing the glue on and I never got consistent results, but I do with spraying it on.
    real nice,Id like to learn more of the glue crackle method.
    Mar 28 2011 11:05 AM

    @ braveviper: The Elmer's glue crackle method is where you apply Elmer's glue to a bait and then spray paint over the still-wet glue. Use a hairdryer to heat-set the paint, and it should crackle as it dries. Then let the glue dry for about an hour, and then you can finish the bait like you would any other.

    @ Mark Poulson, thanks for the tip! I'll give that a try when I do some more crackle baits. I was using a brush, but instead of brushing the glue in one direction, I dabbed it on so there were no stroke marks. I think that your method will work much better though, and I'll definitely try it.
    Mike -- Bloody awsome, great to see someone getting outside the comfort zone.
    Awesome looking bait Fishwhittler. All the detail you put into your baits is amazing.