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  2. Baits not smooth

    Warming will likely reduce the pits but yes demolding takes longer. I get smoother and smoother pours as I go which begs the question - are the tiny air bubbles causing it or is it formaldehyde gas being pulled from the silicone itself, (which is another theory I have seen). I will likely be adding a degasser to my lineup sometime soon as I think I will get the best possible bait that way other than making an aluminum Mold. I think degassing the silicone Mold and then degassing the plastisol before pouring would be the ultimate - provided your master carving is epoxy coated so u get a glass clear Mold surface. Problem is - every time I sell a bunch of muskie lures, I go ahead and spend the money on new lure making toys. I'm not making any headway. Lol. And according to SmoithOn you need at least an 8CFM vacuum pump so that makes the purchase more like $500-$700.
  3. Powder painting pearl

    Haven’t tried that ^^^ Thanks will give it a try tomorrow.
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  5. Powder painting pearl

    Paint it first with a bright white and then in the pearl.
  6. Powder painting pearl

    What is everyones secret to getting a good paint with this? Any other color I have no problems with but this one is a PITA as at least 50% of the jigs do not come out right. Allen
  7. Photo Collage_20180218_212257878.jpg

    GIzzard shad. 5/0 Gamakatsu hook embedded in weighted foam harness for swimbait to sit upright at rest. Harness covered with bondcoat to prevent slippage. 10mm Living eyes. Wedge tail with excellent action at slow retrieve. Painted with Lureworks SB including holographic glitter. Made from real shad replica and Sculpey molded with Smooth On Mold Max 30.
  8. Protech Curing

    I got my toaster oven in my divorce from my second wife in 1991, and it's still working, although I don't know if it's temps are true. But it still cures my jigs just fine, so I guess, like they say, ignorance is bliss.
  9. PVC.... Azek or Choice Dek?

    None of the superglues I've tried have had a problem with PVC. I used to build control line planes with one of my boys, back in the70s, and we used the first super glue, the one that came in the clear bottle with the long, thin straw we stuck in the bottle's nozzle. We used micro beads and superglue to make farings, and never had any problems, but that was probably a totally different glue back then.
  10. Exhaust fan over lead pot question

    Awesome advice, what mask do you use or recommend for pouring and smelting lead?
  11. Baits not smooth

    Thank you for info
  12. Baits not smooth

    It will grow and bubbles will rise to the tp and pop. then it will relax and go back down. The examples of chambers do come with a gauge and after the first time you will know at what amount of vacuum it will do its thing. You will have much better looking baits after that. As for how much you put in is going to be decided by the sizes of the mold you make.
  13. Home Brew Rod Drier - Turner

    Bob , good job. I'm thinking about picking up a few things to try my hand at rod building for myself. I would like to make an extremely sensitive jig rod & also one for plastics.
  14. Protech Curing

    That's why I ALWAYS get a countertop convection oven. That fan makes a huge difference.
  15. Do-It Molds WEY375 Wire forms

    The only difference is the length. The loops are the same size.
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  17. Craftwell marker air brush

    A few on the site use Copic systems. I have used one (Copic) at a craft store and wouldn't ever trade my airbrush in for it. It was quick and easy do just slipping in markers but did have limitations. It just wasn't something I was interested in based on what I look for in a lure.
  18. Fly Spin combo with interchangeable rear grip.

    All my Grips are hand carved one at a time to perfectly fit each blank. I used Tennessee Cedar for most of my grips. I also make them for rodbuilders. Please let me know for a custom grip for any of your clients I promise you they will be dazzled and the function is even better. Thanks for the nice complement.
  19. Baits not smooth

    You'll know the first time you use it
  20. Bob has been making and selling the 702 on ebay. Every now and then.
  21. How much floater to add to frogs?

    Frank- They say 1 LB is equivalent to 1 gallon.
  22. Baits not smooth

    Never used a degasser I don’t know how long it should be in or how much to put in there
  23. Do-It Molds WEY375 Wire forms

    I ordered the spoon wire forms from the Do-It website. They only gave me one option on the size, so of course I got the wrong one. I now see in their catalog they have two sizes of the spoon forms. They must be out of stock on the smaller size.
  24. How much floater to add to frogs?

    Thanks for that. Need some and shipping is cheap for me from them.
  25. Do-It Molds WEY375 Wire forms

    Thanks for your input on this guys, but I'm a little confused. Here's a pic of the Do-It spoon wire form and the WEY375 wire form. The loop end is way too large to fit in my mold.
  26. How much floater to add to frogs?

    1 pound packs in a 8x8x8 box fairly well If i recall, haven't bought in a long time. Im guessing 5lbs darn near fill a 5 gallon bucket.
  27. How much floater to add to frogs?

    I buy it by the five gallon bucket. Do you know how much five pounds will be volume wise. Cause my bucket and contents does not weigh that much.
  28. Baits not smooth

    This one would be worth trying too.
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