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  1. this ^^^^^ not all plastics are the same, some hard pack and you must dig up and get the sediments off the bottom and mixed in well once you get it mixed well all you have to do is remix it regularly each day so it doesnt repack on you
  2. it may just be you arent starting with hot enough plastic, but more likely you just need to warm the molds first. whats happening is the plastic is cooling too fast and getting hard, or you arent holding pressure on the injector so it fills completely. as for fixing the mold, all you have to do is ,make the vent lines for the tail slightly bigger. with that mold just find a small drill bit just a little bigger then the hole and drill it out one size bigger. dont go crazy with it, only use one size bigger, then if needed be go up one more size. you dont want it any bigger then it needs to be
  3. baitmold.com sells them and i just got one. i never got any notice when, or even if, it was shipped, but it arrived in about 3 weeks time as mentioned the stone isnt a smooth shiny cavity surface so it makes baits with dull finish unless the mold gets lubed first the downside is they are thin so if dropped on hard floor it may break, and if you clamp them too hard it "could" cause deformation because the stone isnt rigid stone like it appears to be so it can warp from the heat over time so not a lifetime mold like with cnc aluminum is. the mold cavities can also be sealed to create smooth baits just like they do with POP molds
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    Olive Oil

    check the date eric, this thread is 12 years old since the last comment, everyone overlooks that sometimes lol. any way, if its my own personal stuff i use a drop of veggie oil in the bag. when exposed to water it will come right off and leave no scent at all. as for flour and hooks thats old wives tail to absorb moisture to prevent rusting and there is truth to it but its far easier and less messy to just use raw uncooked rice instead
  5. yes its naturally clear as for not fully filling use a "little" more pressure or hold pressure longer when you pour after you feel it stop whats going on is its cooling before its fully filled if holding pressure does help then maybe you need to get it a little bit hotter temp before pouring
  6. just use common sense on the pressure, think of it like a can of soda ready to squirt out, if you give it a reason or chance to it will squirt out melted plastic and nothing on earth hurts worse if it gets on your skin and you cannot remove it until it finishes burning you and cools off. short answer is when in doubt dont apply more pressure unless you have issues with deformed baits a good safety precaution is a BBQ/cooking apron, might look or feel silly wearing it but the first time it stops hot plastic from getting on your shirt and/or through it you will be happy you had it on i would venture to say the only time people get hot plastic squirting back out at you is because they are rushing and trying to force it into the molds too fast. if you think the molds are filling too slowly then enlarge the gate but dont try to force it in. PS - im an amateur rookie as well just sharing things i have learned
  7. yep, it just needs a flat spot to glue it to so an exacto knife can do that for you quickly
  8. everything i see they glue the eyes on after molding then dip the frog in clear plastic to seal it in i really love those eyes by the way
  9. you gotta give more info then that are you looking for doing production runs of dozens of different baits? are you just doing a dozen for personal use? are you looking to start a business selling lures? what sort of budget do you have for getting a complete bait making setup? go to youtube and watch the videos, then im sure you will have a better idea what you want and dont want you can spend $2000 and get set up to run a business or just spend $500 and be able to make your own baits for you and your friends
  10. go to youtube and watch all the videos there, most of your questions will be answered as well as things you havent thought about yet safety is the key and the biggest rookie mistake is trying to force plastic in too fast and having it squirt back on you, wear long sleeves and i recommend a cooking apron because hot plastic burns bad and if it gets on your shirt you cant get it off from touching your skin 4oz of plastic seems to be the normal amount made and thats enough to pour 6-12 baits depending on size, you want to create mix recipes for your baits so you have to mix the same every time to get repeatable results and uniform color baits color gets added and mixed in when cold but glitters get added at the end right before you pour even high heat glitters will melt if you get them hotter then 350 degrees and when remelting plastics use less heat and take your time getting it hot so you dont melt the glitter or burn the plastic lastly, salts are added to baits to make them sink and the salt makes the plastic weaker and it dulls the colors, also if you get a lot of bubbles in your plastic or popping and splattering after adding salt then the salt has too much moisture in it
  11. just make sure you arent buying a dye, if its a dye it will bleed no matter what they say about it
  12. call "do it" and send them the pics, maybe they will warranty replace them. also if those are aluminum molds they sure are producing very dull baits regardless of the bubble issues, are those aluminum molds?
  13. here is my advice, don't stir it at all. melt it and let it cool solid, then remove from cup and cut off the bottom 1/4" or so of settled salt. now you removed the salt and you can remelt with good results but the glitter will settle with the salt so you will most likely need to add more glitter. this is an easy much overlooked way to remove salt and glitter you dont want while retaining the ability to reuse 90% of what you are remelting
  14. that depends entirely on the size of your melting cup, it expands like 2/3 more when it boils out the bubbles so you want no more then 1/3 full melting container. only you can decide what that is but go bigger then you think you need
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