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Heddon style diving lips???

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I'm carving some wood bodies and trying to duplicate the body styles of the old Heddon Vamps and Punkinseeds. Does anyone know of a source for diving lips similar to the ones used on these lures. I think I could duplicate these lips by shaping appropriately sized spinner blades with a dremel tool. It wood save a lot of trial and error if these were available somewhere though. Thanks Dale

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Dale,

I don't know of any place that sells those lips regularly. I have seen people sell them on E-Bay or other places occasionally but they typically sell too high for me.

I make some reproduction Punkinseeds sometimes. As a matter of fact, I just finished 4 tonight. For the lips, I use modified spinnerbait blades, as you suggested in your post. I prefer to use the painted blades. I remove the paint to reveal a heavier weight steel blade, not nickle-plated brass blade as is typical with most spinnerbait blades. I also like the painted blades because they look more like the original Punkinseed blades. I cut out a "V" shape where the hole is and then bend the points back. Drill a hole in each point and and basically you're done.

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Very nicely done. What size is this one? Is that the decal eyes or are the eyes raised and painted? I've tried to make a couple stencils for the shore minnow pattern. I've been using mylar (?) transparency sheets, but I have trouble trying to cut out such a fine pattern. Do you cut or burn your stencil? Thanks Dale

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Thanks for the compliment.

The eyes are stick-on 3D eyes covered over with epoxy finish. The lure is 2 1/2 inches long. Basically the same size as the original.

I used the stencil material that you get from the craft department in Wal-mart. I had nightmares trying to get the stencil to work. I finally had to make the stencil in three different pieces in order for it to lay right on the lure.

Gene

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