Willis Lane

Just Starting Out

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Hello, I just joined the forum but before I joined I read alot of the posts on painting and clearing lures and found alot of good info here so thought this would be a good place for me to be. I just started out painting lures about a monnth or so ago and I am having a problem using stencils to get designs. Any help on an easier way to make a good stencil would be greatly apprechated. Here are just a couple of the baits I have painted over the past couple weeks since I started airbrushing.

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Welcome Willis,

Looks to me like you are on the right track for sure. These are 1000 times better than my firsts! As far as stencils go if you are painting the same lure you can make molds of it with shrink tube or using a vacuum former and like 2 liter plastic. I am not patient enough and just take any type of thin plastic film u can find and cut it out with an exacto. if you dont have a lot of round edges it works fine. I use projector film, rolodex film, that thin cutting board material, shoot any thin plastic u can find. There is also a sponsor that has a buch of good ones you can buy. Options are endless just use your imagination

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Hi Willis,

Welcome to the forum.We love seeing pictures of your baits but please but them in the gallery...Nathan

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If you check out an art supply store or an online art store like Dick Blick, etc, they sell frisket material. It's an adhesive plastic film intended for stencil making. It comes in a roll and has a peel-off paper backing. Draw your design on the paper backing and It's easy to cut accurately with an xacto knife (which is its big advantage; other materials can be hard to cut accurately). For crankbaits, I cut a stencil but I don't peel off the paper backing, I just hold it against the lure as I airbrush. Dry the stencil or wipe it dry and then flip it over and do the opposite side of the bait with the same stencil. And since you never took off the backing, you can save the stencil for later baits. A 12" wide roll of frisket is fairly cheap and will last for years when used for crankbait stencils. If you are regularly doing one particular crankbait model, you might benefit from using a vacuum formed stencil made from tougher material. But as a hobbiest, I don't paint enough of a single model to warrant the effort.

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Wow, you're good!

There's a stencil making company that comes on here and posts from time to time.

I think it's Stencil Momma.

Use the search feature and look for stencils.

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im with bob on the frisket material - its become one of my most useful supplies now - i pick mine up locally from hobby lobby (40% off coupon n i are really close freinds) - other things ive found are diffrent netting or bridal veil materialfor scaling, drill bits and flat top toothpicks for eyes/spots, and i also have used diffrent stincils for other things on baits as well like i use a curve on a "true fire" stencil for gills - i like it because i can get a hard edge on the front end and a soft edge going to the body - basicly just let your imagination run wild and you can find all sorts of things usefull

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Thanks for all the info guys, I did a search here on the vaccum form stencils and made a couple the other day and they work well.

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