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Threadfin Shad Blue Mix

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Looking for a mix for the blue in a Threadfin Shad. Been playing around but not happy with the colors I've come up with. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Looking for a mix for the blue in a Threadfin Shad. Been playing around but not happy with the colors I've come up with. Any ideas? Thanks.

Not to be a smart alec but keep playing. You'll get it and other shades you'll end up using on other baits.

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I think Danderson is right about playing. I was never happy with shad shades until I tried layering transparent colors - mixing a single color never seems to come out right because the live baitfish have complicated pigment layers in their skin which have a depth to them. In Createx, shading a pearl white base lightly with transparent Caribbean Blue is a start, then overshading that with a lighter pearl color like Smith Wildlife pearl silver. That's what I do with the colors and brands I currently have in the box. You can play with other brands and transparent colors to get a similar effect

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Looking for a mix for the blue in a Threadfin Shad. Been playing around but not happy with the colors I've come up with. Any ideas? Thanks.

What Bob said, except I use silver and gold and pathlo or sailfish blue.

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I can tell you a very cool way to get the color you want. Look up Ben Franklin crafts. Type in Pearl Ex in the search. I like to use Createx pearl white cut very thin and add in the interference blue and interference violet powder. I stumbled on the powder a couple years ago. It takes some trial and error to get the powder mix right to shoot in an airbrush. I found that using one of the cheapo 10 dollar airbrushes I can get a better coverage because I can really ramp up the air pressure. I try not to use it in my Paasch brush, however you can shoot it just make sure to clean the brush well. The best way I have found is to shoot WD-40 through my brush.

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I have also been using pearlex powders for some time they can turn ok colors into great colors.

As far as Threadfin colors go my favorite is createx pearl white mixed with a little grey then lightly coated with interference blue this matches well with the threadfins in my area

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