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Using Real Fish
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 03:56 PM
I am interested in making a mold from some real fish for swimbaits. I have a few questionsand am open to suggestions. What is the most humane way to kill the fish without damaging it? Also I assume I will freeze it but use pins to hold fins and body position that I would like. Does this sound right? Thanks for any help I recieve. Until I get the products to make a mold I will keep fooling around with the PVC I currently have.
Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:03 PM
How about taking digital photos of the fish next to a ruler or scale to capture dimensions. Take photos of each side, front, top and bottom. Then you can take the photos and dimensions and carve a replica from whatever material that suits your mold making process. This way you don't mangle the fish and have a model replica of the fish to make multiple molds. Might be tricky finding materials to model the fins and tail but if your going to be adventurous and created you can come up with some ideas. Besides thin materials for fins and such will be more durable I would think for the mold making. Just an idea to consider.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 04:37 PM
I would guess an alcohol dunk for killing. Not sure if it will damage them or not but I want to try this on some small bluegills that I'll want to color match. Hopefully it won't alter the color or shimmer.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:43 PM
Check with some local taxidermist or check on fleabay there is always some panfish mounts on there you could grab one up cheap and make molds off it.
Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:31 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I think I'm going to just try and carve them out and hopefully be able to make a m old out of it.
Posted 25 June 2011 - 03:24 PM
they get pretty dull and drab after an alcohol dunk but it does work to kill them quickly and doesn't damage them physically.
Edited by .dsaavedra., 25 June 2011 - 03:25 PM.