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Crawfish Pattern Help

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You can use whatever you want. Frisket tape, plastic, I use index cards and if I like how it comes out I trace it to plastic from a blister package, or a milk jug. Is that a factory bait? Looks like if it's not you'd have to have that stencil in pieces.

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It's a custom paint job and they have to have found something that is reusable or easily reproduceable because all of the baits have the exact same pattern. It also would have to have an adhesive I would think to keep the strong contrast between top and bottom

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That looks like it might be a combination of pad printing and stencil work with some final custom work.

I too like using polypropelene (milk carton) but unless it conforms tight to the body, don't you get blurring with your airbrush?

To resolve this, I've found a way to conform the plastic into left and right halves riveted together with a large butterfly clip. It doesn't scratch undercoats like tempered brass stencils and conforms tight to the body. I've left a few steps out but would be happy to share this with anyone.

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Birdman. This sounds interesting. Why not start a new thread and publish your method.

Dave

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Dave,

I would be happy to start that thread but admittedly I am new to the site and have yet to figure out the whole photo upload thing. (Photos with accompanying text is the best way to illistrate this method.) As soon as I get over this hump, I'll take your suggestion.

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Definitely sounds interesting.

For your question, I don't get blurring with it, but I only use it for things that I'll be able to keep tight to the bait. Hair dryer works wonders to form it to the bait somewhat.

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I guess blurring is less a problem with flat sided baits but a hairdryer can only heat the polyethelene so much. To do it right, more heat is needed.

Also I've found holding the stencil can create a smear when pulling it away from the bait.

This method aleviates all those problems. Heat is involved but it has to be applied evenly, simulateously and to the point the plastic milk carton becomes almost clear then pressed into a mold with both positive and negative characteristics. It's so easy it's stupid.

Any help on loading pictures will be both appreciated and speed up the thread. In the meantime, start saving up your milk cartons. Like a raccoon, I've become a fixture in my neighbor's recycle.

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