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  1. No Arky mold available but you can get a Sparky mold that will work just the same. I just looked on Zeiners and maybe you can’t get a Sparky that size. I bought an old Sparky mold off eBay that is 3/4, 1 and 1 1/2 oz and haven’t looked since. But they are out there, just no Arky unless you have a custom mold made.
  2. I used a ball-head jig mold and cut a slot behind the head and along the hook shaft for the rattle. A dremel could be used for that. The rattle end stays in the ball when poured so that’s what holds the rattle. I have a Collins mold for another type of jig but I don’t think it gets too hot to use. I’ve poured 100 or more consequatively without issue. What was happening that you had to stop?
  3. I don’t have one of the Collins molds for this but I’ve modified a mold to accept rattles. I have found that if I pour too many jigs consecutively the mold heats up too much and then the rattle may melt. I pour some and then do something else and come back to it so it cools back down. Also, turn the temp down on your lead pot if so equipped. I also use rattles from Fishing Skirts. I’ve bought rattles from China cheaper but generally you will need to dip the ends in glue to make sure they are sealed. Not worth the savings.
  4. Munkin, I tried to PM but it wouldn’t let me. My address is in my profile. St. Regis, MT - I just updated the address.
  5. Munkin, if you want blades painted I have flat black powder paint and an electrostatic gun. Send me a couple blades and I’ll paint them for you. Try them out and if they are what you want, I can do more later if you want.
  6. Anglinarcher, I don't know if there are knockoffs of that style. And the patent number is stamped on all of the delta blades. The off-set style which the wire stays on one side doesn't have a patent that I know of. The War Eagle buzzbait has the off-set style blade. Battlefield Wire used to make the delta blade and they were about 5 miles from where I formerly lived. Was in their shop several times and they said they had stamped enough blades over the years to cover the bottom of the great lakes, lol. I believe Worth bought their tooling and patent.
  7. I believe that is the size I use in screwball shakey heads. Fits just fine in all sizes of Do-It molds. I got mine from Shorty's but they are sister companies and those come from the same supplier. Maybe Mustang Wire?
  8. lol, well they didn't get millions from me by any means! I know where it goes so a little extra didn't hurt anything. My sister said that there must be some poor lobbyists in DC as she compared what entities have to pay FET and why lure/arrow etc. manufactures fell into this. I explained that most of what we put in comes back to the states for wildlife management and I was good with that. I like to have outdoor opportunities and no rivers that catch on fire from pollution.
  9. Awhile back we had the discussion about the Federal Excise Tax and how it should be applied to sales. Based on my first and only face to face discussion with an IRS field agent who came to my workshop to look over my lure making process, she said FET was based on my sales price. Ok, I took that to mean my retail price and for many years I have been paying quarterly FET based on that information. I guess Uncle Sam got more out of me then I should have been paying. Recently someone here on TU brought up only paying FET on the wholesale price even though they sell directly retail. I questioned it based on what I knew at that time. Well I know more now and I have been wrong with what I was doing. At least it was overpaying, I'm sure if the IRS found me to be underpaying, they would have knocked on the door years ago. I hit my sister up to find out what I should be paying. Yes, she is my sister but she is also a CPA with a MBA and about 25 years of experience in the field of accounting and taxes. She did some digging and found the IRS information needed to know how to pay the FET. For manufactures who sell direct retail, the FET on those sales should be based on the constructive sale price and that is 60% of your retail price. Below is what she emailed me with links to pertinent IRS information: IRS Field directive, see “Determination of Sales Price” https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/field-directive-federal-excise-tax-on-the-importation-and-manufacture-of-fishing-and-archery-products Here is the tax code document regarding constructive sales price determination: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2006-title26-vol16/pdf/CFR-2006-title26-vol16-sec48-4216b-2.pdf It has a modification at IRS Rev Ruling 81-226 to indicate that 60% is what to use when not regularly selling at wholesale. “Revenue Ruling 81-226, 1981-2 C.B. 213, modifying Revenue Ruling 80-273, 1980-2 C.B. 350, provides that the constructive sale price for computing the manufacturers excise tax imposed by § 4161(a), when the articles are sold at retail by manufacturers who do not sell like articles to wholesale distributors, is 60 percent of the actual selling price.” So now I know and don't plan to send in more FET then I'm supposed to in the future. I hope this was helpful to others on here who submit their FET to the IRS. Matt Eisenbacher
  10. Might have, I haven't read through the latest FET pub. Guess I have some reading to do! Thanks for the input.
  11. JLS, can you point me in the direction of the IRS info for paying only 60% of your retail price if you don't wholesale. If I understand you correctly, for a company who only sells directly to the customer (which I do), the company doesn't pay FET on 100% of the sale price, only 60%. If that's correct, the IRS agent who came to my shop when I first started gave me the wrong info. She told me my sale price is the price I need to pay FET on. If I sell a jig for $2.50 on my website, that's the price I pay FET on or $0.25 for that unit. Was I misinformed? If so the IRS has received an extra 40% from me for many years.
  12. If you are getting flashing at the hook eye, either a dab of plumbers putty or a more permanent fix is red high temp RTV sealant. If I have a mold that takes heavy hooks, I can use a light wire hook by filling the eye or the shank slot so lead leakage is fixed. Or a mold modification mistake.
  13. So it appears in your situation the production company owns the mold so it is their responsibility to pay the FET. Thanks for the info!
  14. Good information Caster, thank you for sharing your real world experience with IRS.
  15. I mix multiple colors to get the combinations I want. As long as you don't have lumps in the separate colors, you will wind up with a different shade/color. Just have to shake the mixture up really well.
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