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#1 dtrs5kprs


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Posted 24 May 2004 - 10:25 PM

Never heard back from Jerry with a thumbs up or down on this, so let's just jump in and hope we don't cause too much trouble.

1) "Norman/Thundershad Rootbeer (yellow/green)"

-prep bait and spray white basecoat

-Belly color...Createx Flo Sunburst (lightly sprayed and with extender and water added for transparency)

-Sides...Mix Golden Acrylic Titan Buff, C-tex Tinting White, and Golden airbrush medium to produce a very light (in terms of "yellow-ness") opaque bone color...shoot sides and blend with the belly as needed

-Back color Rootbeer (yellow/green type)...Mix C-tex Leaf Green 10:C-tex Lt Brown 2: C-tex Golden Yellow 2 (10:2:2)...thin and extend with water and C-tex airbrush medium

-Splatter color...whether shot at low PSI & high viscosity or done with Hughesy's toothbrush method...C-tex Dark Brown, possibly with a little Tinting Black to darken the color.

-Clearcoat and add green or red flake (fine or ultra fine) at this point.

-Eyes...C-tex Red, Opaque Red, Scarlet, or mixes of similar

2) Some other mix ratios:

-Green Pumpkin...C-tex Leaf Green 3: Lt Brown 1

-Flo Red Craw...C-tex Flo Red 3: Opaque Red 1

-Pearltreuse...C-tex Flo Chart (yellow by name?) 4: Pearl White 1 + water and extender or medium...a neat color to shoot lightly over a pearl or hi-lite body.

-Pearl Green Craw (38 Craw)...C-tex Pthalo Green 2: Pearl Copper 3: Pearl White 1: Leaf Green 3...may have to adjust slightly if using Auto Air pearlescents...

*** If this is useful or interesting to you please add your own recipes as time allows.
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Posted 28 May 2004 - 04:09 PM

The JL560C Craw pattern is in this order:

1. Flat White Base
2. Opaque Yellow all over
3. Opaque Light Brown Scaling Through Mask
4. Opaque Dark Brown feathered up to back
5. Opaque Black Markings Through Mask
6. Opaque Black Back from Mouth to tail...
7. Flouresent Orange from Throat to Tail Bottom

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Posted 29 May 2004 - 06:48 AM


10 parts Red
5 parts Orange
5 parts Flesh
2 parts Brown

Then dark brown to blend in the back and Opaque or Floresent Orange on the throat...

Chip :wink:
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Posted 29 June 2004 - 09:27 PM

"Florida Shad"

1.) Prime white
2.) Cover entire body with light misting of Createx Pearl White
3.) Createx Fluorescent Yellow down length of back and onto shoulder area
4.) Place netting over back, then spray Createx Pearl Turquoise LIGHTLY - you don't need a lot to get the desired look.
5.) Add eyes and any detail work such as a signature and shad spot
6.) Clearcoat - try mixing in some multi-color glitter.

Hope ya'll have as much fun with this color as I do!

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 03:18 PM


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Posted 25 January 2005 - 11:43 PM

Here is the recipe for that bream I posted on the photos page. I have painted this on several other baits and it looks best on a bait that has scale molded into the bait.

1. Pearl White base coat
2. Olive Drab (homebrew) on back, fading down onto the shoulders
3. Lightly scale body with gold, slightly overlapping the olive drab
4. Using new netting, scale chameleon lilac over the olive drab. You don't want to spray any on the upper back, just the shoulder. Lightly blend in with the gold scale. A lot of the chameleon goes a long way, use light coats until you get the shade you are looking for.
5. Add a light orange to the chin and a gill flap just behind the eye area.

I hope this helps, I got a few requests for this recipe. If you need any assistance feel free to PM me.

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 01:10 PM

Couple of new colors:

Golden Shiner Ghost...
1) Shoot a CLEAR bait with C'tex Chameleon Blue or Gold mixed as follows:
-16 drops Chameleon Blue or Gold (preference)
-appx 1/2 that amt C'tex Medum and Extender
-thin with water and retarder
Shoot light, dry coats until you achieve the level of opacity/transparency you prefer. If using flexcoat, clear coat now, wait if devcon.
2) Golden Shiner
-10 drops C'tex Pearl Copper
-6 to 8 drops C'tex Chameleon Green or Gold (preference)
-4 to 8 drops each, C'tex Leaf Green & Light Brown
-thin with water
3) Shoot belly and "cheeks" with C'tex Pearl White...light, thin, and fast strokes
4) Highlight cheek/gill with the Golden Shiner mix
5) Shoot Gold Shiner scales on back
6) Highlight throat (lightly) and/or cheeks with C-tex Flo Sunburst (light flo orange).

Ghost Minnow...similar to Lucky Craft ghost Minnow
1) Shoot a CLEAR bait with the blue hi-lite body from the above color.
2) Shoot belly and cheeks with C-tex Pearl White.
3) Highlight cheeks with Gold Shiner color from above.
4) Shoot Gold Shiner back and slightly down sides of bait.
5) Shoot scale back, mixed as below:
-10 to 16 drops C'tex Chameleon Green
-4 to 6 drops C'tex Light Brown and Leaf Green
-2 to 6 drops C'tex Gray
-1 to 3 drops C'tex Tinting Black
-water to thin and mix...will cover and look best if you shoot it a little "dry"


Have a few of these finished. Good patterns for cranks and jerkbaits. Can also shoot these patterns on a white or pearl white base color, but with the obvious loss of transparency. Hi-lite bodies will look a little drab until you throw some clear coat on them...then BAM! Will try and get some pics in the gallery this weekend. Already have some on the way to FL, so will soon see...

Happy painting, good fishing.
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Posted 04 May 2005 - 02:20 PM

Anyone have a tried and true mix for "bone" color? Appears simple enough, just curious if anyone has a tried and true go to recipe.
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Posted 20 May 2005 - 01:19 AM

My favorite color for clear water is something I call "Eggman", which is a bone color pattern. I use acrylic latex. Belly is pearl white. Shoot a stripe of standard yellow on the sides, then shoot back and sides with a scale pattern of light tan (my bottle says it's "Goosefeather"). The yellow showing through the tan gives the back a bone tone. I usually leave a very slight fade of yellow below the scale line as an accent.
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Posted 31 May 2005 - 05:54 PM

Thanks Bob, the goosefeather color looks good. Would work well for bone. Thanks again...nice looking lure btw

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 10:45 AM

swedish perch
1.ochre sides
2.mossgreen over the ochre leave a bit off ochre towards the belly
3.antilopebrown to make the stripes with the template. freehand in so the stripes connect over the back.tone the back and head.
4.red for the fins also template

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 12:35 PM


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Posted 05 January 2007 - 12:57 PM


Does anyone have a recipe for a blue gill they wouldn't mind posting? Pics would be great also. Thanks.

Roll the fillets in cornmeal and deep fry for 8 minutes. :)

Sorry, it was there for the taking.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:40 PM

Spring craw

1. flat white base coat
2. pearl gold belly from mouth to tail
3. orange sides
4. shoot back with orangish red and blend into sides leaving some orange.
5. rootbeer back
6. dark brown markings
7. black fleck on back
8. dust whole lure with gold pearl mixed with 3 parts water to 1 part paint.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 09:09 AM


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Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:22 PM

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The brown color took me about an hour to get right, and sorry but I have no idea the ratios. The turquoise for the gill and tip of tail are an apple barrel color thinned, sorry but I'm moving and my stuff's all packed up and I don't remember the name of the color

1. White basecoat.
2. Spray entire bait with ctex pearl satin gold
3. Template and scale brown for stripes, sprayed lightly
4. Fill in back with brown
5. Spray turquoise over gills and nose, and tip of tail
6. ctex flour. orange for belly
7. blue color and painting method of your choice for kill spot
8. light coat of ctex transp. lite green over entire bait.

#17 Matt Moreau

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 04:09 PM

How about a Sexy Shad color or basically a Citruse...

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 08:43 AM

Looking for a sexy shad or pearl ayu. Anyone?

#19 Matt Moreau

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 03:09 PM

Sorry, just found this from Bob P;

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Re: need Recipe for the Ghost shad/sexy shad
Sexy = pearl belly, gray scale shoulders, medium blue back, then chartreuse stripe just below the gray shoulders. Black shad spot. Very faint chartreuse shading on front of belly, very faint red (pink) shading on back of belly. Sparse small silver flake on the belly and sides. If you shoot chartreuse over blue scale, you get green, so that's why the gray scale shoulders.

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 04:17 PM

Red Belly Grass Craw

I don't have a gun, so I use Krylon for now. These are the colors I use for the recipe;

Flat White base coat
Red belly (I typically use a medium shade of red)
Hosta Leaf green color for the sides and back
Medium Brown lightly sprayed over back (blend into sides)
Another light layer of Hosta Leaf over the brown (I alternately spray the green and brown until I get the right shade of green brown)
Flat Black very lightly sprayed on the back. This gives the bait a bit of darker speckling.

This is good color for the summer months and early fall if the fish are around grass and not eating baitfish. The sides and back blend into the grass well, but the belly flashes around on the retrieve and gets attention.I usually put a pair of red 3-D eyes on the back of the bait, near the tail. You can also add vertical lines to the body to imitate the craw body plates if you want a more exact replica of a craw.