Where to buy blanks?
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:50 PM
I am new to painting hardbaits and was wondering if you can order blanks from lucky craft, rapala, bomber etc. I really want to get into the hobby and think it would help pass time in the winter! thanks for your help,
Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:11 PM
Im not sure about those companies, but you can buy some lure blanks from staminainc.com and several other companies. Ive always gone through them though, good stuff.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:57 AM
You might like to start a few searches on tackle suppliers both on TU and through Google. There are any number of tackle suppliers that sell the preformed shapes or any lumber yard with pine, poplar, bass wood, etc. will work.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 05:50 AM
The one down side of buying blanks is if you sell the finished lure with hooks on it then you just manufactured a lure by adding the hooks, and to be legal you need to have a manufacturers license and pay O uncle Sam .10% of what you sell it for.
So in the long run buying a completed lure and repainting it is cheaper if you get a half way good price for the lure.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 10:25 AM
If you want to just paint, then do like Pred says, and buy and repaint.
That way, you have lures that you know work, and you can concentrate on learning how to paint.
If you're eventually going to make your own lures, then get some lures you like, and try to copy them to start. Yours will be different enough that you don't have to worry about "knocking off" someone else's lures, and nothing teaches like trial and error.
Plus, you will have a big, friendly "family" here for support. We've made enough mistakes between us that, if you read carefully and learn from our mistakes, you will make the perfect lure the first time!
Posted 08 May 2008 - 01:38 PM
thanks for all the help! i think i will just do what you guys say, buy and repaint!
Posted 08 May 2008 - 04:15 PM
You can get blanks from Hagen's, Stamina, Barrlow's, Jann's Lurecraft, Moore's Tackle... So, getting them isn't a problem. They come in wood, plastic, and who knows what.
I think what Mark was getting at is look at what you use when you get to your favorite body of water and try to figure what you like about the lure and what you would improve upon if you had a blank slate. Then its a matter of figuring how you want to create your baits. Guys like Lincoya can pick up a piece of wood and a knife and a few carving tools and create tackle art that is truly a hand crafted original. Then there are guys like FatFingers that use their skills with shop tools (lathes, band saw, drill press, disk and belt sanders, etc.,) to turn out their basic tackle forms, but the effort that goes into balancing, finishing, and perfecting their lures that any musky would love to crunch.
The point is pretty simple, get started, make a few mistakes and learn from them... There is no substitute for experience and take a while to build your skills. This really is one big family and the support system really works. Ask the rookie about his tackle advisers that helped him gain his skills. Look at his stuff in the gallery and you can see the progression by the post dates. Figure out what your budget can afford and get going.
I'm looking forward to seeing your lures in the gallery too.
Posted 08 May 2008 - 05:04 PM
VANNDALIZER Custom Tackle: Your home for custom fishing tackle go to the unpainted bodies page.