Making A Fin From Paint Brushs Etc
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:25 PM
I'm going to sandwich some paint brush bristles between two thin pieces of wood that are shaped and painted to my needs. Then epoxy finish over.
Before I do this, I'm open to some other ideas for making a bristle fin...
Please post other links that show how... I have searched w/o success.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 03:18 PM
Mine will be a bit different as I'm making a tail for a wake bait "MS Slammer"
I was hoping for some pics and tutorial to go with it.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:04 PM
i guess you want something a little more rigid/thicker to fit in the slot on the back of the slammer?
you could try sandwiching the bristles between popsicle sticks instead of tape (layer the popsicle sticks if 2 sticks + bristles isn't thick enough to fill the slot). in this case you'd want to epoxy the sticks to the bristles.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:13 PM
I'm actually having some wood cut thin and shaped to fit very loosely in the slot. This allows for the tail to click and clack back and forth.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 05:28 PM
That looks like a perfect candidate for a Lucite tail. It's thin, hard, and strong, and can be machined/cut with wood working tools. It will click and clack, and you can find it at home depot. I haven't used it for tails, just bills, so I don't know if it can be colored.
If you want to add color, use the dividers from a large Plano 3700 box. Not quite as hard, so there won't be the same click/clack, but they take color from sharpies really well. I use sand paper to grain the pastic before I add the sharpie colors, to give the color something to bite into.
If you want a thinner tail section, you can use the clear tops from quacamole tubs for the tails.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:21 PM
I like the thought of the tackle box dividers. I'm gonna try and make some from the wood first. But you have got my attention.
Edited by 21xdc, 02 February 2011 - 06:26 PM.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:36 PM
I was just happy to find a use for the tons of plano dividers I have left over. I've used them for tails, and for lips in shallow running cranks that I'm not bumping into rocks.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:45 PM
are you wanting a tail similar to triton mikes bull shad? I use bleached/dyed turkey or goose feathers/biots they work better than bristle
Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:03 PM
I dont want feathers, Yes I guess I'm looking for the Bull Shad look. http://www.tritonmike.com/about.html
I'm not sure I have ever seen these before... I might have to try some now.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:11 PM
I use feathers for a shad/herring bait similar to the bullshad and on a trout similar to the 3:16 real deal and a triple trout imitation
Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:14 PM
These baits are too much for my pocketbook... But I want a more durable fin than feathers.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:25 PM
Try epoxying them like you would the bristle if you use synthetic bristle it can be melted with a soldering iron at the base to form a tail fin I tried this but didnt like the way it looked in the water it didnt look natural the feathers/biots hold up really well I have caught 30some fish on my triple trout lookalike and just now replaced the tail
Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:32 PM
the biots look just like the bristles in that bait but they are much easier to use and replace I have several true bullshads and just modified what I already had the biots are the thick wingfeathers 1 piece makes several tails
Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:48 PM
Correction. I meant to say Lexan, not Lucite, but my brain got in the way.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:08 PM
I have colored it with blade dye and sharpies
Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:36 PM
I'll be painting mine to match the bait and epoxy clear coating. I think the wood might work best. There is another bait called a "woodtail" thats similar to the MS Slammer.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:09 PM
There is a tool used in tying flys that is called a wing burner. It's a tweezer type tool that is shaped to a specific design. You simply pinch the material in the tweezers and burn off the parts sticking out beyond the metal with a torch.
You would have to use bristles from a real hair paintbrush; synthetics would just melt the edges; unless that is what you want.
Edited by nova, 02 February 2011 - 09:10 PM.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 01:44 AM
i'm confused, do you want to make it out of wood or paint brush bristles? both?