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  1. A-Mac

    a-mac shad glide

    Glide-style swimbait. Lures are ~7" long to end of tail. Lure bodies are made from PVC.

    © Aaron McAlexander Lures

  2. I'm a big fan of gorilla glue! You get a good amount for the cost and the bottle punctures the bottle. I normally put some in a small syringe and inject it into my pilot hole with a needle. Normally, the needle and syringe will be shot after a few uses, but for what I use it for, it works well. As far as durability, I haven't had any issues. If you are gluing in wood, it will work very well. With resin, it's ok, but not any worse than other glues. A slightly larger pilot hole in resin (in comparison to the eye screw) tends to hold better. Hope this helps!
  3. 15-30 seconds? Even to go from shooting black or a dark color back to white? I feel like I need nearly dissemble a brush to do go from dark back to light colors. If you can do this in 15-30 seconds, then I've spent several years doing it all wrong. What are you dipping your brush in? Is this still effective with pearls (Createx pearl blue is always a bear to clean from a brush)?
  4. I agree entirely. Beautiful bait. I've made gills before with the large dorsal fin protruding above the caudal area and the swim action was certainly hindered. I removed the fin from that section and it began to swim beautifully. You can get by with a very low profile fin, but it doesn't take much to impact the action. That would be my first crack at trying to fix your problem anyway. Good luck!
  5. Thanks guys. Yeah, I was interested in trying out there 60D hardness resin on a couple tool pieces. However, I was interested in trying it out on perhaps trying to make a 2-part crankbait (similar to an injection molded crankbait), only using resin instead. It was recommended, but not a necessity with the alumilite 60D resin
  6. Would you mind posting a picture or a video of it swimming? This may help us figure out what is causing this. I've made a few gill designs myself, but don't recall the top portion wobbling. Lol, it actually sounds like a cool action if the rest of the lure is still swimming.
  7. I use the Elmers spray adhesive. It's less tacky than 3m, and much cheaper too. I tend to spray a light mist on, then can use the mesh about a minute later (allow it to no longer be wet, but tacky still). I tend to get about 2 applications before needing to start the respray process over. After a certain amount of use, I pitch the mesh material and start with a new piece.
  8. lol. I suppose this suggests that this is not a popular method.
  9. Hey everyone! Has anyone tried vacuum casting? I've seen this mentioned on the alumilite website, but I'm not quite sure how they actually do it. Is this done before mixing resins, after mixing, or after pouring into the mold. What type of products do people use to do this?
  10. A-Mac

    S crank

    I really dig this pattern. I keep trying to figure out just how you shot the black, which makes it all the more impressive.
  11. I like using the Gorilla super glue. I haven't had any issues. I dab a little on the threads and also use a syring to inject some in the cavity. I do similar to what Dave suggests. I drill a pilot hole first, just smaller than the threads. I then drill a hole slightly larger than the threads of the eyescrew approximately half the distance of the first hole.
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    I do pour in lips too. I drill 2 small holes at the base of the lip to allow the resin to flow through. That sucker isn't coming out. Square bill (and coffin) style lips are a little tougher to remove from the mold. I recently completed one. The lure comes out nicely, but I'm afraid that the edges of the lip may reduce the life of the mold. It's much more difficult to remove than a round lip. Bass100 is right, you need to make sure your lips are all cut identical for it to work in the mold. I keep my "master" lip that I used to make the mold with as my stencil for sketching new ones. Even better, if you can punch the design in on a computer (even standard Paint can work well), you can print these out on either label sheet or on standard paper (use a light coat of spray adhesive) and adhere to the lip material (circuit board in my case). This drastically helps with consistency.
  13. A-Mac

    Signing The Lure

    I used to use a sharpie fine point, but be sure to shoot createx clear over it. Some clear coats will make these run. My favorite method is creating a decal of my signature. I snap a picture of my signature, upload it into microsoft word, crop the image some, and shrink it down to the size I need. After I make the size I need, copy and paste it about 400 times to fill up a sheet, then print it out on clear label paper. Note, I still shoot clear over the label, but it's tough to fit McAlexander on a 1.5" lure with a sharpie :-)
  14. You could try dipping the lure in concrete sealer or solarez too. Both of these methods would be easy. I don't believe the sealer would eat the PVC, thoughts anyone? Also, when I'm making a lure with small detail cut in, I'll shoot createx gloss clear over it several times. This will definitely smooth it out for a nice lure to make a mold out of, but I normally will recut the details in the lure produced from the mold. I then take that lure, make another mold and I'm good to go. So if doing this for a mold, it's really a 2 mold process. The first mold is to produce a smooth blank. The second mold takes the smooth blank and applies the sharpened details.
  15. It would be cool if you could find compost-able packaging! Maybe something like the cellulose based packaging? Another marketing ploy too!
  16. A-Mac

    3D Eyes

    I've been happy with using these for years. No complaints, and they always look good. http://www.predatorbassbaits.com/id81.html
  17. The hot knife (exacto blade style) soldering iron bit works great! Sometimes I think it's a little too hot (melts too fast) though, so I actually prefer using the exacto knife and just heat it up with a torch ever so often. I prefer to have a little resistance when I cut for more control, but not melt away all the material (which leaves additional mess to trim up).
  18. A-Mac

    Balsa Baitball

    Groovy looking bait! Are they 3d eyes? Did you countersink them?
  19. Cool work guys. This is an art in itself.
  20. I contacted LC a few months back. They wouldn't sell it.
  21. I normally allow a couple hours dry time from base coat to the rest of the paint. I've been using a kerosene heater recently, and it has been excellent for heat setting. I still allow for at least a few hours of dry time away from heat before clearing. You do not want to clear a hot lure either! Patience is key in the final stages of a lure! Be sure you put 2 coats of createx clear gloss on too!
  22. I do 4 coats on the lures over the 2-3 day span.
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