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    Combing Hair

    Loon Outdoors Ergo Fly Comb is suppossed to be for big synthetic streamers when they get tangled. Not sure if it is helpful for what you're working with. I keep my flash material, like krystal flash, in the original bags and cut a little corner off. I pull the strands I need through that corner and it keeps things from getting tangled.
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    Hand Painted Eyes

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    Hand Painted Eyes

    I always wondered if water powder would work. Paint seems to bake in, but is powder water even better? Does it take a while to dry if you want to do two-colour eyes?
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    Hand Painted Eyes

    I hand paint eyes using a drill bit set and then bake them on, but I am thinking of getting the freestyle mold to make some 'mooneye' jigs with the 3d stick on eyes just because I like the way they look. Get decent eyes by hand though, and when I botch one I just wipe it off and go again. Maybe fish don't care, but I do .
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    Powder Painting

    Yes, you can make your own mixes. With mica powder and clear powder paint you can add quite a few colours to your collection for not too much money.
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    Soft plastic dip

    I have used the Spike-It clear plastic paint and just bought the clear to make different colours with mica powder, but I don't know what the paint actually is...
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    Another Hook-in-Finger story

    Another option, since you had pliers, is to pinch the barb and slide it back. It has to be absolutely flat though. Amazing how it doesn't take much barb to hold.
  8. I like silicon best for my needs(amateur). Just the same stuff I use for making plastic bait molds. Works, price is reasonable for molds I don't use lots, but haven't used it hundreds of times to see how it holds up. Have also just used pop sprayed with high heat enamel. Works ok, but flash to deal with. Maybe just my mold making technique is not fantastic. Bondo works too, but I ruined my mold overheating it.
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    best paint over powder paint?

    Baking works with acrylic hobby paint, though sometimes you get a small colour change, or if you have to much powder stuff can shift( I just add eyes to jigs). I epoxy topcoat just for good measure. Not sure if you want the extra step. Try Cadman's baking idea at lower temperature to see what happens with your paint?
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    foiled cranks

    Really nice.
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    Painting dots

    To make dots I use a cheap drill bit set.
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    Adding salt

    Your 'lively discusion' brought out interesting points and more precision. Thanks to both.
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    Painting Chatter Bait Blades

    Got some gun blueing for dipping bead chain for fly tying. Maybe another option? Haven't tried it yet...
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    Back off track ... I got a few molds from Ukraine, like the zoom fluke jr, that I found difficult to make from pop. I view the stone molds like I view pop molds; good enough for the few baits that I need. One can argue how pop molds are wrong too, but I'm sure spending more money now than when I was just buying baits. The stone molds and pop allow me to dabble in something that otherwise, even as irrational as I am about fishing stuff, would really make no sense. I see everybody knocking everybody else off. They just do it 'legally'. Maybe one day plastics will get to where flies are in that you can't patent designs as they have all been done before. Like a surf candy is just the progression of a blond. Ukraine uses the same names, which is another issue as it takes marketing and investment to get a name known, but names get knocked off in a way too. When it's called a rodent or a bver we get the reference. Maybe Ukraine is just more honest? (joke) (My wife lost her Canadian pharma office job to India last year when the company where she worked was bought by Americans,so I'm not insensitive to the importance of trying to keep our jobs in North America, but ultimately people are motivated by price)
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    Best Keitech swimbait mold

    How are the open pour ones from lure parts online?