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Posted 07 December 2008 - 07:31 PM
Maybe this is old hat to you guys, but I found a way to make 3d scales.
I put a base coat of opaque white on the bottom and lower part of the lure. I coated the upper part and back with silver.
I dried it overnight, so there was no danger it would be pulled off during the scaling process.
I put the lure against a foam sheet that I'd taped to a piece of plywood.
I used some stiff cheesecloth fabric I got from a fabric store, and hung a piece from the top of the foam. If I'd had a more flexible fabric I would have used it.
I stretched the scale fabric over one side, making sure it touched the lure everywhere I wanted scales. I used the kind of pins with the plastic tops that hold notes to bulletin boards to pull the fabric tight.
I sprayed multiple layers of sparkle white over the fabric, drying between coats, but building enough paint to fill the little spaces in the fabric completely.
After I dried the final coat, I carefully peeled the fabric off. The sparkle white had built up to the point where it actually made a raised pattern.
I know this isn't earth shaking, but it was new to me. Before, any time this happened, I would curse and try to hide it, but this time I used it to give the lure an actual raised scale surface.
I think the key is a truly dry base coat, and removing the scale fabric while the scale paint is still flexible.
A fun "discovery" for me.
Posted 07 December 2008 - 09:07 PM
Sounds really cool! Can you post some photos for us???
Posted 07 December 2008 - 09:16 PM
I'll try. I'm no photographer, so I am making no promises!
Thank goodness for digital cameras!
Posted 07 December 2008 - 09:47 PM
when you apply a clearcoat wont it sorta take the raised scale effect away ?
Posted 07 December 2008 - 09:52 PM
It shouldn't as it's the light and shadow that give the effect. A real fish is covered in slime but you can see the raised scales.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 08:53 AM
You can still see the scale effect after the clear coat, but it does smooth the surface of the lure.
I was hoping the raised scales under the clear would give more reflective angles for the light to bounce off of under water, and the water passes through the clear coat, so I don't think the effect is lost.
I'm trying to figure out how to photograph one so the pattern will show. Give me time. I'm not very good with a camera.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:01 PM
I can't figure out how to post a photo here, so I've put one in the gallery titled "7 inch trout scales".
The scale pattern is clearly visible, and more pronounced than in previous photos.
It's not clear how much they stand away from the body, but the difference between the sections that are raised and those that aren't is dramatic.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 02:58 PM
Just follow the instructions on how to paint a scale pattern........just make sure the mesh won't move and lay the scales on heavier. I found this by accident also, trying to use pearl colors on top for scale patterns, the coat can get thick pretty quickly.
The big drawback is that the paint has to be really dry. This can cause it to peel and chip when removing the mesh.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:33 PM
I found that drying each section with a hair dryer for thirty seconds to a minute, so it's dry, but still flexible, seemed to give me the most consistent results. And peeling the mesh off slowly and smoothly, from one end to the other, was really important.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 05:22 PM
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As bluegill scales can be very prominent, I decided to give this bluegill pattern some distinct scales by using multiple paint coats over scale netting. You're correct Mark about drying the paint just enough and then carefully removing the scale netting.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 05:25 PM
The Dick Nite's really lets the scale build up show.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 05:42 PM
I normally do smaller scales, but wanted them large on the bluegill, and yes, that's another advantage of Dicknite's, showing detail like that.
I also do the same thing with some really, really small netting, and it comes out really nice--I've had people assume that it was a textured plastic lure instead of a home-built balsa.
Posted 08 December 2008 - 05:44 PM
With your skills, I can see how they'd make that mistake.
Posted 09 December 2008 - 09:13 AM
Thank you Mark and BJ, I really appreciate the kind words, coming from 2 good bait builders as yourselves!!!