That's a heavy multiple coat base coat of opaque white Createx, or multiple coats of Krylon white primer, Auto air aluminum over that, multiple coats until I get good coverage, and scales of Wldlife sparkle white, three coats to get a good buildup.
Next comes a coat of pastel fixative after the scaling, in case I mess up the next colors.
Three coats of moss green darkened with trans. med brown on the back and shoulders, and more shading of med. brown on the back.
Sometimes I'll do a white belly, silver sides, and then scale.
Then accents of irridescent violet on the cheeks and maybe that, or flamingo pink light stripe down the side. I spray a coat of silver glitter over that, and then two coats of Nu Lustre.
On a smaller lure it may only be 2-3 grams, but I err on the side of guessing heavier when I'm compensating for the weight of the finish. It's easier for me to make a finished lure a little heavier, by either adding some more ballast, or another coat of epoxy, or bigger/heavier hooks and split rings, than it is to try to lighten it after it's finished. Finding where the ballast is so I can drill some out after it's painted is tricky.
I guess I could actually weigh the epoxy before I add it, and try to do the same for all the paint and glitter, but it was easier for me to weigh the lure before and after finishing, so that's how I arrived at 3-4 grams for a 10" four piece jointed bait.
I'm sure this is where the disclaimer is supposed to go, like, "Your results may vary. Consult a physician if your problem lasts more than four hours".
In reality, how heavy you make your coats, how big you make your bait, what kind of epoxy, how many coats of it, all those are variables.
When one of my first "floaters" became a suspending slow sink after I'd finished and epoxied it, I figured I'd better be a little more precise in my weighting. So I did a before and after weighing of the next lure I finished, and that's what I came up with. Two #7 split shots.
Edited by mark poulson, 13 December 2008 - 07:37 PM.