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  2. Injection Molds

    and if you decide to split up Id be interested in the Senko and 5" double tail grub molds, and possibly the single injector.
  3. Question about extra plastisol

    I have laminate plates for my molds, so I/ll use the leftovers that won't fill an entire mold to male laminated baits. I can only make a few at a time because the mold, injector get too hot, and make the colors run together. Sometimes I'll add my experiments together, and just get a non nondescript color, or a color sometimes close to the original. I'll use these myself when supplies run low, or if the color comes out pretty ok, I share them with friends. There's always something you can do with left over plastic. Also, I pour my hot plastic into the injector, not suck it up, then I bleed off air. Much like preparing a syringe for an injection. Keep your stirring to a minimum. This should help with bubbles.
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  5. Baits not smooth

    I am starting to doubt my last comment and will be exploring the idea of degassing my next silicone molds so that I can test if tiny air bubbles in the Mold are the issue. Problem is a degassing pump is at least 500$. A chamber is only about $150
  6. Do-It Molds WEY375 Wire forms

    Last year I posted a tutorial with pictures about this issue. Use the Spoon Wires and cut them all in half (doesn’t need to be exact) with a side cutters. After you put your hook into the mold, lay the wire into place with the gap in the hoop facing forward. Where the wire meets (crosses) the hook, touch and leave a mark on the wire with a Sharpie. Remove wire, and at the mark, bend the wire 90 degrees (or a bit more) down with your pliers. Then snip off enough so that the wire sets flat against the hook and the mold closes properly. This keeps that wire secure in the jig, unlike the WEY375 wire. After painting the jig, the swivel split ring slides on easily and a quick pinch closes the gap in the hoop.
  7. Exhaust fan over lead pot question

    I am now mostly retired but since my livelihood was based on the removal of Lead Based Paint (LBP), as a State Licensed Inspector and LBP Removal Designer in concert with Industrial Hygienest and Consulting Engineers, I’ve learned a lot about lead and other heavy metals on human health. While not meant to hijack the thread or minimize good ventilation planning there are some higher priority factors for your consideration. Please find the following suggestions 1) Find or fabricate a lid for your lead furnace. It will save energy and hugely limit emissions. Also remember your almost certainly not heating lead to a boiling point where is becomes dangerously gaseous. 2) Read and understand the primary method of lead poisoning/high blood lead levels. That is INGESTION. The heat that comes out of the melting pot is not nearly as dangerous as the dust and small filings typically generated after casting. 3) Lead dust on your workbench is the 2nd most dangerous condition. Most dangerous is smoking with dirty, dust laden hands. Carefully clean up your work space, your hands and your face. If you have young children wash and keep your clothes away from them . 4) When you get your annual checkup and they do blood work ask them to check your “Total Lead” level. It’s typically $35. If you score at or higher than 50 ug/100 m1 do something about it. By the way, I have a large commercial / industrial kitchen hood over my work space but mostly because of plasitol (soft plastics) fumes. I run it very low or not at all when making jigs. My blood lead is typically between 2-4 ug/100 m1.
  8. Color dispersion question

    Yes indeed, I make a couple of different styles of paddle tails and they've done really well on stripers, especially at night. Tarpon and snook like them as well.
  9. shallow screws tool

    bolt Roll pins assortment 3 three step wire bending looping concave round nose pliers wire cutter note: to make the tool you need a Bench Vise to press the roll pin into the hole (It is sharpened at one end) and the hole in the bolt need to be smaller. (roll pin 6.35mm = 6mm hole) great tool to sit and make shallow screws on.
  10. Craftwell marker air brush

    I was wondering if anyone has tried one of the craftwell air brush kits ? If you have would it be a replacement for a regular airbrush? I would think if it works as advertised it would be easier and cost effective (using sharpies) for a low volume lure builder
  11. Ultra minnow spinnerbait mold

    This is my lid
  12. Ultra minnow spinnerbait mold

    Thanks JLS! I’ll give the ladle pour a go. I hear mine up with a heat gun which makes it hotter than blank pours usually. I also have a lid for my pot that covects heat to my molds nicely. I warm them that way often. I do usually heat my hooks,pins,and wire gently as not to overheat the hooks and ruin them. This mold does seem like it’s make a nice chatterbaits mold by beefing up the wire to a .51 gauge.
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