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  1. Bristle brush tap method might be something good to explore. Cadman is a good resource for that and is really good at it. Maybe he’ll be along and offer suggestions but he lays down multiple colors using this method.
  2. This was RF-55 from Rat trap. Motor oil/Black so it has black glitter in it. No I’ll affects that I can see. We take glitter up to 320 degrees in our plastisol without any problems so 212 degrees shouldn’t have any ill affects. I believe if a guy found the right brush you could get every strand straight and separated but was very satisfied with my results.
  3. Didn’t take long as I had an idea from soft plastics that I thought may work. This didn’t separate 100% of the strands but really did a nice job straightening and separating most of the strands. I stuck a dozen in boiling water for a few minutes and brushed them out on my counter. My wife has a collection of hair brushes and I tried several. The ones with stiff bristles packed tightly together worked best. It sure makes them more useable in pretty quick order and makes them useable as opposed to throwing them out. The heat didn’t affect the silicone except to soften it a bit and loosen the hold from one strand to the other. P.S. Please don’t tell my wife!!!!
  4. I have trouble with it too. For me, it seems like certain colors mostly and all in the package are that way. Tedious separation is the only way I’ve been able to straighten them out. It’s almost like they weren’t cut through but the ones that stick feel a little different. Softer and stickier, in a way. I have a package that I’m working with now and will try a few things and report back.
  5. One thing I do when I look at a mold is visualize, think about where the plastic will go looking at the runner and cavities one one side. So for a core shot, we would pour an ounce or two of hot plastic into the runner followed be an injection. In this mold, that ounce or two would go down that runner, fill the bottom cavity, might get a bit in middle cavity followed by shot. That’s exactly what you would see in final baits. Bottom cavity would be pour color, you might get some core effect in middle cavity, top cavity would be shot color for the most part. That’s why every mold doesn’t do core shots well.
  6. I have some and have processed three or four 4x8’s. I took a high pressure spray washer after mine and some industrial degreaser. This took most of the old adhesive and drywall and whatever else is sticking on them off. You can use the most aggressive nozzle you have. The summer heat dries them out pretty quick. Take a shop hammer to them to lay them flat. once dry, I used a sheet metal scissor to cut them into strips and rolled the strips up to get the pieces manageable. Into an outside pot they went. Lots of flux and skimming off anything that comes up. Get upwind. After a pot of it is clean, ladle into a muffin pan where the ingots will fit in your pour pot. It will be good stuff. Mostly used in X-ray room construction.
  7. I agree with Bryan. One thing you may try is to block off the sprue by shooting it and removing the first bait. Just cut the runner below the first cavity and re-insert the last two cavities. Now the first cavity will Laminate correctly. You. Still must orient your. Injector correctly.
  8. My guess is these items are used in wire forming. Suspect the roll pins are placed in metal plate and the wire bent around those with the tool that is marked K-D Mfg.
  9. How long do they need to cure? 48 hrs. before you bag them if you don’t want bent baits. If there’s time, longer is better. Another thing that may be helpful is you can lay them out in those cheap small ziploc containers after you shoot and take them along on a fishing trip and bag them later. Stacking is OK unless it’s a very large bait with a lot of volume like a 7 inch swimbait or something. Then even stacking can misform the plastic.
  10. I know Worth doesn’t post their price on gold plated as the price of gold is ever changing and mostly up. They do post their prices per thousand but they don’t make you buy a thousand. They just charge a small fee for quantities less than 1K. Just give them a shout and they’ll be glad to fill you in on the cost. It’s been awhile since I bought from them so I can’t recall exactly what that fee is but it’s nominal IIRC.
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  12. Wrap mine with Teflon tape. Small diameter Teflon tubing intrigues me but haven’t tried it yet.
  13. Nice easy way to rig a bait, Cami. Thanks for sharing. I don’t want to turn the thread sideways but nice plastic too....Purple fins. Stripes. Real cool.
  14. I bet that would patch up a pair of waders too. Dual purpose adhesive.
  15. No sales for me either. Working full time and then all the time it takes for other things in life only leaves time to make for myself and give a few baits to friends and family.
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