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  1. Heat the spring pins with a lighter ... and it will melt into the elaztech ... Insert the heated pin and twist.
  2. jcool3

    Sebile Vibrato

    vibratos are lead jigs with center tie and hooks on each end. They fall horizontally and vibrate like crazy. I fished them in 3 sizes for rockfish and they didn't fish any better than other jigs. Lot more resistance cranking them in because of the design and center tie. Available in sizes up to 10 oz. Bottom line: nothing special, more work to fish.
  3. yes, baby powder makes all the difference. Dust the inside of the mold before each pour
  4. Update I mentioned that rubbing too hard when applying the foil would ruin the holographic effect. I now figured out why. The foil is not solid.Rubbing too hard causes the etex to ooze thru the foil, covering parts of the foil ... So recommend a single thin coat of etex on the jig. Thicker or double coats make it more likely for the etex to ooze thru. Of course waiting for the etex to cure, stay on the jig and still be tacky is a prerequisite. I also experimented with different ratios of etex resin vs harderner - up to 25% more of less resin vs harder. Took a little longer to cure, but didn't seem to remain tacky much longer. Sometimes lures remain tacky - I couldn't duplicate that and I suspect that lures remaining tacky is the result of improper mixing, not proportions,
  5. I used plumber's lead in roll form ... good stuff.
  6. tire weights aren't lead anymore for the most part
  7. Tried the etex method on Kingsley hot stamping foils sold by dc kelley on ebay. Works great, as good as nail art transfer foil. About 95% transfer. The 2 foils look very similar in thickness and the way they are put together. I let the etex cure about 7 1/2 - 8 hours before adding the foil.
  8. Interesting, what layer is under the foil and what foil is this. Foodsaver? The details you are getting is pretty awesome. Bare lead?
  9. I think it is harder for any adhesive to stick to bare lead than to etex. Like to see you try your adhesive on top of a layer of etex. there are many kinds of transfer foil of which I am not familiar with, but some holographic foils, the holograph can be destroyed by heat. Probably the nail holographic foils I use would be sensitive to heat. I found also that if you rub too hard, you damage the hologram. The kingsley holographid hot stamping foils sold on ebay by dc kelly would probably be more heat resistance although I cannot verify this.
  10. I'm sticking with the method I described above for a couple reasons: 1) Every layer on the lead jig is etex and I know etex bonds with etex. (not using powder paint or anything else) 2)Other adhesives will stick to foil no problem, but will it stick to etex? I tried 3M SprayMount, Aleene's tacky glue and they do not stick well to the etex layer, therefore getting poor foil adhesion as a result. Have not tried spray 77 or 99 or the binder - they need to be tested on how well they stick to etex 3) I can mix etex with neon micas and glow powder to finish off the lure. I can write on etex with oil based sharpies or gel pens to add dots and stripes.
  11. You may be right about the transfer issue. I have some 3M spray and I will try it soon. Do you wait until the spray adhesive is dry before you apply the foil?
  12. I am familiar with identi-tape http://www.identi-tape.com/ which is similar I think. Their adhesive is incompatible with etex ... as etex eats the adhesive lifting up the edges of the tape. Also the nail foil being super thin will comform to rounded shapes and wrap around edges better. The identi tapes have a plastic coating top which hinders the wrap. Pricewise WTP 2" X 6" DECORATOR TAPE (2 SHEETS PER PACK) for $2.29 comes out to 2.29 per foot for 2" width. Nail foil is $5 for 4 cm x120 meters which is 1.3 cents per foot 1.6 inch width.
  13. A simple, cheap technique to finish lead jigs. Not perfect, but good enough to catch fish. Not quick because each layer of etex requires 12 hours to cure. First, I prime lead jigs with a layer of etex I add another layer of etex mixed with titanium dioxide powder to get a bright white jig. Etex in the curing process, gradually hardens and gets sticky, Depending upon temperature and how much etex is applied, at about 7 hours +++ the etex will be sticky but not come off the jig if you touch it (with your finger or some other object) You can use etex applied to scrap jig for this test. At this point, apply the nail foil, rubbing gently with cloth, and then pull off the cover plastic. The foil is stuck on the jig. For some reasons, I only get about 90% transfer of foil on the jig (not perfect) but this is good enough for me. Wait a couple hours, then add a protective coat of etex. You can also add dots, eyes, stripes, colored etex at this point. Dots or Stripes- I use oil based sharpies (regular sharpies will bleed with etex because they are alcohol based). You can also use gel ink pens with med or thick point. Colored Etex - I mixed neon micas with etex and brush on the jig. Glow powder can also be mixed with etex. Nail foil doesn't come neon. Sources: Art nail transfer foil I get thru aliexpress.com. comes 4 cm x120M (or150M) for $5-$10. This comes out to 1 cents per foot. Comes holographic, solid colors, and transparent. Etex I get at Michaels http://www.michaels.com/envirotex-lite-pour-on-high-gloss-finish/M10178984.html. Get the 40-50% coupons. Horsehair brush I get at harbor freight https://www.harborfreight.com/36-pc-12-in-horsehair-bristle-acid-shop-brushes-61880.html. I reuse them over and over, clean with rubbing alcohol and stored in jar with an inch of alcohol. Neon Micas I get at tkbtrading https://tkbtrading.com/search?type=article%2Cpage%2Cproduct&q=neon**.Colored mica powders including fluorescent. Used in makeup and soap making. They are powders, suspended not dissolved in etex. This make brushes easy to clean Titanium dioxide get at crafts or sculpture store like Douglas Sturgis. This is the bright white powder. Tips: I mix etex in 2" wide plastic cap which I use over and over. It is important to get exact 1:1 ratio and mix the 2 parts thoroughly. I weight the etex on a super accurate gram scale ... so I can mix as little as a few grams to coat a few jigs. I don't bother to clean the cap, when the etex hardens, I just do a new mix on top. Thanks to Gliders in hardbaits forum, check out Foiling on E-Tex http://www.tackleunderground.com/ommunity/topic/30355-foiling-on-e-tex/. His hardbaits are works of art and show what is possible with this foil technique. I can brush over foil with neon micas to color the foil pink, blue, red, purple, yellow, etc, thin enough for the foil to show thru . Cheap - cost of foil, micas and etex on a lead jigs comes out to less than 10 cents per jigs. If all foil is not sticking, I add another layer of etex and do it again right over. The foil is so thin it doesn't change anything. These jigs are used in 30-100 foot depths low light and murky water conditions, where I believe the holographic flash, neon accents are important. Over 100 feet, glow becomes more important. To get near perfect quality, probably need to polish the lead jig and remove any imperfections, fill any divots. Then add multiple layers of etex. For me the quality is good enough for me, I'm fishing in murky waters and the fish don't care about perfection, I'm bouncing them on the bottom and losing them to snags. .
  14. mix glow powder with etex and brush it on .... foolproof
  15. I just tried the 7 hour etex treatment on my lead jigs. It works pretty well. Although I have trouble redoing bits that miss. I am using the nail art transfer foils bought thru aliexpress. the bulk rolls of foil are 4 cm x 120M (or 150M) priced at $5-$10 per roll. Works out to 1-2 cents per bait.
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