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  1. Beautiful lures! You really do have this stuff mastered. Would those work up here in the US, or would they swim upside down?
  2. You need a dual injector. Basically, it's two individual injectors bolted together with a single handle, and a blending block that sits on top of the mold, to direct the two different colors of plastic down into the mold side by side, without mixing. Do a search here to find more about dual injectors.
  3. Never let the truth spoil a good story! Hahaha
  4. I've found that holding pressure on my injector for a 10 count cuts way down on dents. I think it's because dents are caused by the plastic cooling and shrinking faster than hot plastic can be drawn down through the gate to fill the shrinking areas. The pressure keeps the hot plastic coming. I have several top pour hand pour molds that never have shrinking, and I'm guessing it's because they have larger gates to allow the hand pouring.
  5. I know, but I think it is fish oil based. When I lived in Los Angeles, guys at the local City ponds would routinely spray their baits, and they caught the fire out of the catfish.
  6. It is a dynamite catfish bait attractant, but my understanding that, because it's a petroleum product, it is illegal to use in CA.
  7. I haven't tried that product, but, since you are going to dip your baits anyway, try it once and see how it works. I would keep it separate, and do some experimenting. Everyone's process is different, so you need to see how your process affects it You can see if the paint affects it. You can see if reheats affect it. You can see if you can add it to other plastisol, or add color to it and pour baits with what's left. You are only risking 2 cups of plastisol, so the potential loss is minimal, and chances are you can still use it for something. A tip for dipping is to get a tall, thin dipping container, so you'll need less material to dip long baits. Frank (Rooty Tootie) is the expert when it comes to dipping.
  8. My silicone swimbait molds have a thin tail stem, so the baits blow out on a fast retrieve. Since I have to trim the baits anyway, I over pour the tail sections on purpose, so they are thicker and stiffer. It's a small thing, only 1/8"+-, but it makes a big difference in how the baits swim.
  9. I found that, when I had my own residential const. company, success was it's own curse, because I couldn't do everyone's job at once without losing the quality control that made me successful, so I had to pick and choose who I worked for, and also had to learn to say no gracefully. And growing larger was a huge change, which I didn't want to make, because it would change the nature of my owner-controlled business. For me, there was no intermediate step. It was either stay small, or go much bigger. I'm guessing it's the same with mold makers. The thing that makes them successful also cranks up demand. It seems to me they can either have longer lead times, and work 6 days a week, or they have to invest in more equipment and hire more employees, which creates a big overhead that has to be met each month. And overhead is a monster that has to be fed, whether or not you have the orders to support it, so it is the biggest threat to any business. That's why I think a lot of small mold makers stay small, so they don't have that big overhead "ax" hanging over their heads each month.
  10. I have both aluminum and open pour silicone molds. To me, aluminum molds are the easiest to use, because I have an injector. I am just a hobby pourer, and make baits for myself and a couple of buddies, so I love the Essentials Do-It molds because they are cheap and they work. I have several ES Do--It aluminum molds, like the 3" grub mold, and I can just heat up a batch of plastic and shoot enough grubs for a few trips. Same with their 5" ES senko mold, and their Ripper swimbait mold. Because they were inexpensive, I have two of each, so I can pour enough from one batch of plastic for a few trips. But I still use my open pour silicone molds a lot, because I can easily make a laminated swimbait with them, and, because they are so cheap, I have five 2 cavity molds for the Lurecraft skinny dipper copy. That lets me pour ten baits at a time, and, because I can pour one half of each mold with the same batch of heated plastic, I am more efficient. I don't have to reheat my plastic during my five mold run, and that makes my plastic colors stay true longer, since reheating eventually changes plastic colors for me, even though I add heat stabilizer. Having cheap molds has encouraged me to play around with different colors and mixes, and made bait making more fun for me.
  11. Didn't Jimmy Houston win a lot of money with that spinnerbait?
  12. Put them in the basement of a jail with a slab floor.
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