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About carphugger

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    fishing, music, painting.

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  1. carphugger

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    Yeah, they are line through with the hook on top. They do kick pretty good. The whole body wobbles. I haven't gotten bit on the big one yet, but the smaller one has an amazing hook-up ratio.
  2. Thanks! It's kind of hard to explain the process, it's not painted though. I basically brush glitter on the inside of a skin that goes over the whole bait.
  3. carphugger

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    Two shad baits. 6 inch and 8 inch 6 oz. Jumbo!
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    Time to test out my new baby bass!
  5. The only thing to watch out for, is I'm not sure how you would pour silicone into silicone. If you used a release, you may not be able to paint it afterward if that's something you would want to do. You might need to make a silicone positive and then make a hard resin mold to pour into, or make your molds out of some sort of non-silicone rubber. Not sure. I make my molds out of HDPE that I carve with a cnc machine so It's not an issue.
  6. It's ecoflex 30 from smooth-on. It's 00-30 hardness which is below shore A. That's the softest silicone that I have found that isn't tacky once cured. It's a little stiffer than standard plastisol, but if you make your tails a little thinner they still kick really well. It's more durable than plastisol (I've caught several dozen fish on another bait I made without tears or anything) and I think it's a lot safer and easier to work with. I glued the eyes on with G.E. silicone *I clear caulk. You can get it at most hardware stores, but it has to be silicone I, not silicone II. It's the only silicone I have found that will stick. You could also use that to repair a bait if it did tear.
  7. Here's a silicone swimbait I made. The color won't wear off because it's built in! It's a line through top hook.

    © Gail Ratcliff

  8. thanks everybody! The fish was modeled on a computer in Blender (3d software).. I'm a motion graphics designer by trade. Then the mold was cut out with a cnc machine. That's where the high scale detail comes from. I'm pretty happy with it.
  9. It's paint. I didn't airbrush it though, I used a brush with airbrush paint.
  10. carphugger

    Foil experiment

    this looks sweet!
  11. New barfish swimbait I'm working on with zerovoc uv epoxy coating!

    © gail ratcliff

  12. carphugger

    My drying rack

    These look really good. What are you using for a topcoat? Is that what's in the can at the bottom?
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