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  1. Never add hardener during heating. Always add to cold virgin plastic and mix thoroughly. If that is what your doing and it is not mixing then something is going on. Whose plastic are you adding the hardener to?
  2. It might be only 320F where your reading with your thermometer; especially if it is an IR type. Right where that flame is hitting that pan that plastic is probably easily 400F +. Its called a "hot spot". Constant stirring will help but with that setup you'll never not burn plastic. For a small amount like that you cant beat a cheap microwave. Did you add any hardener to that mix? That may explain the blob that wont mix in.
  3. What colorant / color were you using? What was the "load" on that colorant?
  4. Hard to tell just from a pic, but it looks like either Zooms version of Cotton Candy with Black and Blue Flake. Could more likely be Carolina Pumpkin as well. (Hat tip to Land Big Fish for the Pic)
  5. Which Chartreuse are you using?
  6. I guess it depends on which manufacturers bait you are trying to match. In all the Houdini colors Ive seen the base (belly) color is Sand colorant with small (0.015") and medium copper glitter (0.035"/0.040"). You can find Sand 208 at LureWorks if you want the exact color. If you have Carolina Pumpkin you could make that work, just keep it light and that should make a good substitute. Oh and the back color is Watermelon Red Flake.
  7. Heres the White: https://www.ispikeit.com/product/293/white-3012 . For small jobs you could consider the Worm Paint in Unscented or Garlic here: https://www.ispikeit.com/category/4/lure-paints For even bigger jobs or production work you could step up to their VPI series here: https://www.ispikeit.com/category/85/vpi-paint That should keep you busy.
  8. The FB consensus is wrong. I don't know where they get their colorant but its not from LureWorks. I don't think its from any of the other known sources either like MF or Lurecraft etc.
  9. If your trying to match the original Bass Assassin "Chicken on a Chain" belly you need regular green glow powder. Use about 1/4 tsp of Natural Glow and 1/4 tsp Silver 0.015" Glitter per cup of plastic and that should be good. The glow powder is what gives it the milky-ness.
  10. Cloudiness in a color can come from a few sources but one to consider is if there is salt in those bait samples. Salt will impart cloudiness with only a minor shift in the overall color. Its always hard to tell from a photo how to go about matching a color. Looking at those images I dont see any Hi-Lite effects but the resolution on those images is low. Adding Pearl White can impart cloudiness but usually it will also impart a sparkling effect similar to glitter that is easily seen if present. Hi-Lite colors tend to show at the surface of a bait and are usually easily detected if present. Not sure of the manufacturer of those baits but something else to consider is companies like Berkley and Keitech add a proprietary blend of stinky stuff to impart scent that also affects the color. I had a custom color match for someone that sent me a Keitech Swing Impact. It had stinky stuff only in one half the bait (the back portion of a laminate) similar looking to fish meal. It wasnt easy trying to match what I call fish meal with pigments. I got as close as I could but spent the better part of a day going round and round on that one. For me when I start out trying to match a color it is always best to work in small batches. I use a baby food jar about half full of plastic ( a little less than 50g) I start with what colorants I think will get me where I need to go (experience goes along way in this department). At this point I am not concerned about measurements just getting on the right trail. Pour small "chips", let cool, and compare or evalutate the color. Here it is critical to not only evaluate the surface tone (look at the bait holding it in your hand) as well as the undertone (hold the bait up to the light and look through the bait). Another thing to consider is lighting. Fluorescent lights often in the shop will make a bait look different than taking it out into the sun and evaluating. Tweak your sample batch as needed or you can discard it if it isnt getting you there and start a new sample batch. This can go 3 or 4 iterations before I feel like I am on the right track. Its a process of elimination of what colors to use or not use. I have gone 20-25 iterations on more difficult colors. Once it is looking good I can scale up the batch size and start taking notes on measurements of glitter/pigments etc. The key to a good color match is does the surface tone and the undertone match the surface tone and undertone of the sample. Physically having a sample bait in hand is the only real way to achieve this. This is where you learn how glitter can shift a color. How salt affects transparency of a given color. How laminates colors can wrap and blend at the margins and throw you for a loop. Also dont rule out the idea of "ehh close enough" so you dont drive yourself crazy. Good luck and let us know how fare.
  11. That's basically Bass Assassins Opening Night with a Hot Chartreuse tail. For the back color use Hi-Lite Blue with a touch of black like a light smoke. That will make the Blue Hi-Lite pop and give the blue surface shine. Clear belly with Silver Holo string.
  12. Not sure about other suppliers but LureWorks has Morning Dawn 160 colorant. In low levels it has decent transparency and looks kinda like pink; goes to red when loaded up. It aught to do the trick.
  13. My WAG TOP: Hi-lite Green and Black 0.008" or 0.015" black MIDDLE: Morning Dawn, add a touch of Hi-lite Violet or Blue if desired. BOTTOM: Very Light Black (smoke) with Hi-Lite Blue. In the alternative you could use a solid blue pearl just go light.
  14. Thanks for your input. Sometimes we get the cloudiness and it may be to being underheated, from time to time, below the 350 dF threshold. I will try to make sure we heat to that temp throughout the pour and see if that helps. We do not add any stabilizers or such, so that is not the problem. Thanks again for the input and ideas!

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