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  1. cadman

    Getting into jigs

    Pouring is the easy part. I find polishing lead-free jigs cumbersome. Powder painting lead-free jigs is a challenge. Once that is all done. Skirting is easy. Just make sure to wire tie your skirts. If you sell them it is a selling point. Using rubber collars are fine for yourself, however the rubber dries out or loosens and the skirt falls apart. That doesn't happen with hand tying whether wire or thread.
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    Getting into jigs

    If you are going to buy the fishing bismuth mix, please post how it works out for you. I was thinking of switching over but have not done that so far.
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    Getting into jigs

    Are you looking to sell these or are you looking to buy? There are a lot of variables here. Painted, unpainted , what kind of hook, skirted complete with weedguard ready to fish.
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    Getting into jigs

    That is going to very, depending on how much tin, and other properties are in the bismuth you buy. I mix my own, however since I sell my jigs, I don't want to share my percentages. Don't take offense to this, as I am always willing to help. As far as temp and baking goes, all I can say is start low with (200 degrees) heat and go up from there. You will have to do some testing on your own to see what is the correct temp and the length of time the jig needs to be in the oven. I can't give you this info, because every oven is different and if I give you a number and you melt all of your jigs well, you know where I'm going with this. Good Luck.
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    2 ton epoxy question

    Cope102, there are many ways to do things. Jimmyjigs has some valid points. You can put jigs on a fixture that they use to turn fishing rod epoxy, this will keep the epoxy from sagging and running. You don't have to use epoxy for putting in weedguards or covering eyes. There are a lot of options. Find what works for you and if you're happy with it go for it. Only you know how much time and money you want to put into making your jigs. The fish don't care if your jigs are perfect, however if you are selling jigs, your customers will always want top notch work. As far as brushing epoxy on jigs, I never get brush streaks. The epoxy is self leveling and the brush streaks disappear.
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    Getting into jigs

    I pour and sell bismuth/tin mix jigs. They are a P.I.T.A to do because the bismuth is very hard and some jig profiles are difficult to get out of the mold. Bismuth/tin jigs are expensive because of the cost of the bismuth. Yes you can powder paint them. You have to use lower heat temps other wise you will melt the jigs. Bismuth has a very low melting point. If you fish a lot of jigs like me, you will have to use a larger bismuth head to compensate for the weight difference. However the fish really don't care. As for the wax you are referring to, if this means fluxing the bismuth, I do not flux bismuth. Welcome to TU and Good Luck.
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    Whip Finish

    I do the whip finish by hand and with a tool. I've yet to decide which is faster. But both methods work very well.
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    Just Getting Started!

    I pretty much powder paint all of my jigs as it is the easiest. Pour, paint, bake, done. Maybe someone else will give you some tips painting with lacquer. Good Luck.
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    Permanent Marker 4 Flash

    Get a bowl of salt water and put the flash in there to see what happens. You can leave the bowl out of sight out of mind and refill with salt water periodically.
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    powder paint spray gun question

    Yep, Smalljaw is the man that has been doing this a long time and the expert on this process. He will probably chime in, but in the meantime watch his video and practice, practice and more practice.
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    Just Getting Started!

    First of all you have to decide if you are going to use powder paint for jigs and spinnerbaits or are you going to use Createx or lacquer paint: Powder paint : You heat the jig , swish thru powder paint , bake the jig and you're done. Createx: Is a water based paint. You will probably need to use primer, then paint and you must clear coat otherwise the paint will wash off. Lacquer Paint: You can use either an air brush or spray cans. Primer, paint and you're probably done. Maybe clear coat for durability. If you use lacquer, you must have very good ventilation. The fumes are bad for your lungs. That's about as simply put as I can tell you. Naturally there is a lot more to it than that. You need to decide which way you want to go.
  12. I typed a bit too much to try to give you a shopping list of some of the things to try. With all that you said, I don't see anything wrong with your process. I also heat jigs with a Wagner multi -temp heat gun, hold the jig with forceps, I do touch my jigs before painting (not intentionally without gloves), once coated I put them on a rack. Just a question for you. Do you get those voids or pit marks after you paint the jigs or after you bake them? I am going to take a wild guess and say it is the lead. In order to clean the raw lead, I would put them in vinegar. This will eat away any oils, then I would wash them in Dawn with a toothbrush and let them dry thoroughly. With the painted heads, you can strip the powder paint off with paint stripper. Then wash with Dawn like above. I also don't believe it is the powder paint either. Have you had this happen before just curious? You have a PM.
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    2 ton epoxy question

    First of all, adding Devcon 2 Ton (D2T) epoxy does not harden the paint it only adds a clear coat to your head. By putting D2T on your jigs, you are just prolonging your paint job awhile longer, until your epoxy wears off and then your paint starts wearing off from having your jigs dragged on the bottom of the lake or over rocks. If you are powder painting your jigs, baking them in a toaster oven hardens the paint. Applying D2T to a jig that has 2D or 3D eyes definitely keeps the eye from falling off. If you don't have eyes on your jig no need to epoxy the heads unless you want to. Finally, I would not dip the jigs in D2T, you will waste too much epoxy. Since D2T is self leveling, I just take a small paint brush and brush on the epoxy after the eyes are on, and then I stand the jig with the head up , to keep the epoxy from forming tear drops and sagging. You do not need a lot of epoxy to cover a jig. Thinner is better, but make sure you cover everything.
  14. Based on your picture, it is pretty rare that the black nickle finish is coming off onto your jig, because you have missing paint on the front of the head. Since, I didn't cast these jigs. I can tell you what could possibly be a problem. #1. Getting any oil or or grease on the head. Make sure when you start to paint your heads, that you do not touch the heads. I use latex gloves when I polish my jigs and a new pair when I paint them. #2. It looks like there is missing paint in certain places. If you pour your jigs and you get small voids in the heads, these voids will not fill leaving paint missing in these areas. #3. It also could be bad powder. How old is it? Do you keep it closed when not in use? Does it only happen to white? Try a new batch of white powder, if it solves your problem, throw your old white powder away. #4. Are you using clean lead. Maybe lead contaminated from zinc. This is just a guess. Whom do you buy lead from? #5. Strip the paint from this jig, thoroughly look at the raw jig and re-paint with white to see if it happens again. #6. What is your heat source when you heat the raw jig. If you are using a candle, find another source. Soot or oil emitted from a candle can sometimes cause paint issues. I have a million questions, however I would look at some of the ones posted above. If you want to send me a raw jig, I can paint it with my white to see if I have the same problem. I can then give you my opinion. Good Luck. BTW welcome to TU.
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    Completely Clear Glue on Eyes for Spinnerbait

    They won't make you just (2). It is not worth their time. However you can peel the back off of existing 3d eyes. I've done that before and it works, however it is a bit time consuming.
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    Completely Clear Glue on Eyes for Spinnerbait

    Depends on how many you need, I called the, up several years ago, and asked this question to the guys at WTP (Witch Tape Products), and they will run them for you . Call them up and ask. Make sure you know what size you want.
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    Blade sizes for 1/4 oz spinnerbaits

    Swampman , Take a look at the table below
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    Lead jigs

    I currently get all of my lead from a personal supplier. However you can buy all your lead from Roto-Metals. They will have what you need. It runs about $2 per pound. If you buy enough you can get free shipping. Here is a link to the site. I would call them to confirm anything you need. You can also buy lead with antimony or tin in there as well. I forgot but they have pots and ladles as well. A lot of good info on their site. https://www.rotometals.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2ILZvYTL4AIV27jACh0PYwDCEAAYASAAEgLRqfD_BwE
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    Lead jigs

    Welcome to TU. First of all what size pot or model number do you have. For most of all of your jigs unless you are pouring over 1-1/2 ounces, I found this ladle works really well. It is lightweight and can be used by L.H and R.H people. It is made by "Lee". Chepaest place I found it was here https://www.midwayusa.com/product/161177/lee-lead-dipper Anything heavier that 1-1/2 ounces, you can get a medium size ladle.
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    Lead Question ( I'm no expert)

    A lot of places won't sell you any lead. I went to a scrap yard and he had some nice lead chunks. H wanted $4 per pound. I told him that I can get it for roughly $2/lb if I was desperate. There are guys still selling it for $1 per pound. You just have to find the guys.
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    Spinnerbait Molds?

    If you use somewhat soft lead maybe a 70/30 mix 70 being soft, you shouldn't have any problems pouring. However if you have never poured before, there is a big learning curve. Read as much as you can about pouring and lead safety as you can on this forum.
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    Spinnerbait Molds?

    Are you referring to bullet head spinnerbait mold or bullet head jig mold. If it is the bullet head spinnerbait mold, then I would get the ultra-minnow spinnerbait mold. BTW welcome to TU.
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    Lead Question ( I'm no expert)

    Many times they have broken pains of lead glass, and the lead separates easily from the broken glass. A little time consuming but the lead is very usable and if they give you the broken pains you then have free lead. If you use a lot of lead like I do, then you will need a bigger source of lead. However, I take all the free lead I can get and mix it in with the real soft lead I have.
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    Lead Question ( I'm no expert)

    A really good price for used lead per pound is $1 per pound. The killer would be shipping, which in a medium flat rate box, they could put up to max 70 lbs for $14.35
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    Lead Question ( I'm no expert)

    I believe the lead they use for stained glass ix a 50/50 mix. My dad used to have stained lead glass in his apartment building. It is definitely usable for pouring jigs.