luke1wcu

Crawfish Patterns

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I've been trying to achieve crawfish patterns using a tongue depressor as a stencil. One side came out great but now I am having trouble matching it on the other side. Is there something I am missing here? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! :unsure:

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Have you thought about cutting a stencil out of thin plastic sheet? Some folks cut them out of plastic milk cartons, frisket material, blister packs, etc. There is also a good video on making vacuum formed stencils in the videos from the TU get together. If you paint several different types of baits you will need to make stencils for each one, but the nice thing about doing it this way is you get the same results every time and before long you will have a library of different stencils to use.

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If I were very skilled, maybe I could freehand a crawfish pattern on both sides of a crankbait. I'm not and that ain't gonna happen! Similar to RG, I use a paint template for the whole side of a bait, then clean it and flip it over to make the 2nd side exactly the same. One tip with templates - you need alignment marks to REGISTER the template on the bait so it is properly aligned on both sides of the bait. I mark where the lip slot and the tail hook hanger should hit the template.

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Where is the video from the TU get together on Vacum Forming? I watched it once but would like to watch it again.

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