Glass Jig Head without hook
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Posted 06 March 2004 - 09:06 AM
In my intro post It was suggested that I use my glass to make jig lures and I mentioned that the melting temp for glass and hooks is about the same, so in the attempt i'd have a melted mess (if anyone wants to see any of these experiments gone wrong let me know I'll post the links to the pics). But I've been experimenting and my wife suggested I just make the diameter of the hole bigger and put the head on the hook by glue or epoxy, well maybe but the first part is the design so If you don't mind let me know what you think of this first attempt. I like the shape and eyes.
Posted 11 March 2004 - 10:39 AM
Very nice...do you clear coat them for added durability?
I wonder what would happen if your cast went awry and you bounced the bait off a rock?
Do you plan on selling them?
Keep up the good work.
Posted 11 March 2004 - 05:11 PM
I think they are beautiful. I don't know a thing about working with glass but think that a stretched out version of a fish would be very cool, large head that then stretched thinner and thinner toward the tail. The tail wouldn't have to be anatomically correct but could rather twist, or curl. I think too some blues, purples, greens, silvers, would all be beatiful in glass. If they are not made perfect who cares as people will still be interested in buying them...I would. Start making xmas ornaments out of them, they would probably sell like hot-cakes.
Are you thinking about fishing with them? I would think they would be 1) very heavy and; 2) quite fragile.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 05:07 AM
Thanx for the compliments.
I have fished with them, just this past weekend. Nothing caught, just really wanted to cast and play with a few different shapes and designs. (Some bites though). Depending on the design they weigh from a 1/4 to almost a full ounce. I don't clear coat but I do "Anneal" or temper them in a furnace to harden the glass, I haven't cracked one yet, not after dropping one 5 feet to my concrete basement floor or casting into the bow river from shore and watching several bouncing off rocks as I pulled them in. They seem durable enough.
I wouldn't use them in a shallow, rocky stream though.
I don't know if I plan to sell them yet, I don't think they're "good" enough to be sold. Some are close to my "Ideal" but not quite yet. The other thing is these type of lures can never be produced in any large number's since it's only me who knows the color combo's and shape design, I haven't timed myself but I doubt if I could make more than 5 or 6 a session (2 hours).
Thanks for the feedback and suggestion's and check out all the pics of various attempts and designs at:
I'm planning to put up a real website with all my designs soon.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 01:58 PM
I been admirin your lures since ya posted them. I think the fellas are right about them not being the best for fishing rivers. They are gorgeous no doubt but I think ya might have a better market in squid baits.
Most squid heads are made of polyacrylic. Tho they are tough the finish gets scratched after alot of use. Using glass would cure that.
Posted 13 March 2004 - 04:13 AM
Thanx for the idea Shawn.
Holy *&%$#@, did you see some of the prices on those things?
I just may give it a shot.
Your lures are great.
Posted 14 March 2004 - 11:24 AM
Those are pretty but the website makes them look more like party lamps.
Very fragile in apearance. I'm sure they'd make a nice chiming sound when knocked against the side of a boat. In the mouth of a 285lb marlin they don't stand a chance. JMHO
I wouldn't really call them squid baits tho...more like jelly fish baits.
Try to recreate this squid bait pattern. I think you'll be able to sell them.