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Could someone tell me how to put my signature in a lexan lip? Could this be done with a wood burning tool or would that melt around the edges? I am looking for a way to make this look "professional" and not take away from the bait.

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Tally

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Hi Tally, I never tried this yet but I would probably use water slide decal paper and put in on the lip, then clearcoat over the top of it. Just a thought and if you try it let me know how it works. Ken Schmitz

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Mylures has a good idea, though I would place it on the underside of the lip so that the epoxy doesn't take away from the flat surface of the lip. It would also be extremely cheaper to do this with transparency paper and epoxy on the bottom of the bait. Some people use those etching machines, like the Zoom baits.

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Like was already said... Ed Chambers of Zoom does this. Calvin Johnson does it also. Looks like they use a small tool for a dremel that is made for engraving personal belongings. If you go to Wal Mart they have them. It is a shaft with a real small ball on the end that is scored so that it will cut.

Skeeter

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on some glass paper weights they have logos etc on the bottom in a frosted look, this is done by grit blasting the glass through a template, god knows how that information might help, but it might thats why i added it :lol:

tightlines john

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Hi Tally and to all ...I will try to help.! Get some window decal paper at your hobby store and scan your signature into your computer. Then copy/paste it into a program like word so you can resize to the size you need. Then copy/paste as many as you can get on the page and print!

Save it and go back as needed...Hope this will help !....Charles

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Hi tally.

You can buy an acid used to mark chassis numbers on car?s windows. You just cut a vinil mask with your signature (@ decal stores), stick the mask to the lure lip, apply the acid with a bruh over the top, wait 1 minute, take the vinil off, wash with water and it?s done.............

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An exacto knife works well on lexan if you have a steady hand. Once I scribe the baits' lip I clean the area & lip with a non-acetone cleaner & get rid of any rough areas. Its quick and looks real nice to boot.

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Like Hilton said, I would use a etch cream. Cut a template and use some 3M adhesive spray hold it on the lip. Dab with a Q-Tip and wash off. The longer the etching cream is on the more define it becomes.

Good luck

-Corey

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Tally, you might wanna heat Lexan soft & then just press it with a embossing/wax seal press. (see embossing/wax seal here: http://www.rubberstamp.uk.com/EmbossingPresses.php) Attached pic of homemade one - this I use to press on front of backing piece for lip. You'll have to experiment with the heating to get it just right. You're on the right track but the other way round :D, heat the Lexan then use warm (not red hot) seal press.

If you do just raise letter type seal will be easier to mark on the lexan & don't require as much heating & force while pressing (see pic of recommended style - this way will stamp on back of lip, the letters are the right way). If possible have a lot of excess flat surface around the letters, this will keep the lexan flat when stamping & restrict the depth of stamping to the height of the stamp's raised letters. And give special instructions when ordering yours, you'd like the letter raise in a U shape & not the usual way they do it which is V (if possible) & 1 mm high is just nice. Oh, if you order a company seal press you only need one half of it :)

Hope I'm clear in explaining that. Note: I'm not sure about the Lexan retaining it's full strength after doing this, so you're on your own in this regard - I only make lure for myself & sometimes give them to friends so they can't really complain if the lip breaks when it's free :D

PS: You can try & get some printers lead letters & experiment with that first.

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WOW!!!!! :D

Thanks for all the great ideas. To quote Waylon Jennings: "with a little luck and a green back dollar", I will figure this out to where it looks good. Thanks for all the ideas.

Tally

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LaPala's idea is too cool! I never thought of that, but it sure would make the lure look more professional. I would still want my real signature on the lure somewhere though, because each custom lure is also custom artwork.

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Yep, I still plan on signing each lure and I thought some kind of small logo on the lip would be a nice touch. It won't make the bait catch more fish, just another wild hair idea. :twisted:

Tally

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