Styrofoam In Place Of Mircosphersanyone try this?
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:32 PM
I was thinking Styrofoam would be a good substitute for microsphers, especially since I can get an unlimited supply for free. However, my first two attempts did not go as well as I thought. Using 1:1 by volume of Styrofoam to Smooth-On Smooth Cast 300, I suspected would give me good buoyancy. Although the lure floated, it was not nearly buoyant enough. After adding hardware, it barley hung at the water surface.
To prep the Styrofoam, I took a chunk and sanded using a coarse piece of sandpaper, turning it into a near powder. So my thoughts were either, I need to find a way that prevent it from being ground up so fine, or the heat/ chemicals form the molding process is dissolving the Styrofoam. The latter being what I suspect is actually happening.
Has anyone tried Styrofoam in the past with any success?
Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:22 AM
I had a go, but soon abandoned the idea. The buoyancy is in the air contained within. When you ground it down (as I did too, LOL) you eliminated the buoyancy.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:21 PM
Slightly off topic, but I've noticed the 3m brand of microspheres is much more larger in size. Another brand I've used is much smaller. If you combine them you might be able to get a more dense packing of microspheres. Probably not a huge difference and may be just as unpourable as over-adding MS