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Butterfly Wing Material

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I need a material to spray paint and make butterfly wings that fit onto a popper-type body. Anybody have any suggestions? I've tried rubber and the paint did not hold well. In the past I used turkey flats but they don't paint well either plus they are not flexible and break off easy.

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John

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If you want something solid to cut a shape out of use plastic of some type. Depending on how large this shape is, all of those extra dividers from Plano tackle boxes might work.

If you want to form just an outline and or to fill in the outline with designs, Craft stores sell wire of varying gauges just for things like this and probably have a gauge that would work for you. You could also try using SS leader wire, or welding wire or copper wire.

Or cast the design in plastics / resins.

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The clear plastic you get on blister packs might work, for a solid wing. For a none solid one, a wire frame with fine mesh stretched over it might work, or even tissue paper (like in model aircraft design).

Whatever you use would like to see a picture of the finished lure.

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Most craft stores sell a ribbon that is a very fine mesh with thin wire running along each edge. It can be molded into many shapes and will take paint.

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If you want something solid to cut a shape out of use plastic of some type. Depending on how large this shape is, all of those extra dividers from Plano tackle boxes might work.

Or cast the design in plastics / resins.

I'm not thinking solid wings or casting at this time.

If you want to form just an outline and or to fill in the outline with designs, Craft stores sell wire of varying gauges just for things like this and probably have a gauge that would work for you. You could also try using SS leader wire, or welding wire or copper wire.

I have some lightweight aluminum wire and an idea to make the wings fold during casting but I still need a material to make wings from.

Thanks for the ideas.

John

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Most craft stores sell a ribbon that is a very fine mesh with thin wire running along each edge. It can be molded into many shapes and will take paint.

Thanks for the wire ribbon lead! I'll check it out. This is something like what I was hoping to find. Will the ribbon hold up on water and during casting? Testing will tell.

I was hoping to find some kind of material that sheds water and/or floats, is flexible and will collapse during casting so wind resistance would not be a problem, and will repeatedly extend into butterfly wings without tearing up.

John

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Lets see8O Floats, Folds,Wind Resistated, Sheads Water---> PLASTICBAG ---> like SANDWICH ---> cut to shape:yes:

GOOD LUCK GOOD TYIN:yay:

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Years ago I made a dragonfly lure with two floating worms.

I took the lighter colored one and split it down the middle lengthwise.

Then I crossed the two halves in an X and glued them to the top of the second worm.

I used a 1/0 offset worm hook and rigged it texposed.

It cast horribly, so I used a spinning rod to throw it.

But it was deadly in the summer in front of tules.

I stopped using it because it was just too hard to cast. Like trying to cast a sail.

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You may want too try overhead projector paper..You can geat it at most copy or office supply shops...you can even photo finish too it..Nathan

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no sure if it'll work but i'll throw it out there....give cicada, dragon fly, etc. a try. you could spray them with a clear coat to protect them. not sure how you would attach em but it could be worth a try.

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