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First paintjobs

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First attempt at painting, at least with an airbrush,well it is at least the first that looked presentable enough to show. The carving part comes easy but the painting has been a nightmare for me untill getting the airbrush. Thank you all for the help.

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Nice looking bait. Did you thru wire it, or use hardware? Have been experiencing problems thru wiring myself, thinking of going to brass wire eyes, but not single piece.

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Thank you all for the kind comments.

Dave, hardware was used on this bait, sure am glad to hear I'm not alone when it comes to trouble with through wire.

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Hi Whittler, very nice job. Finishing was always the part I hated until I got an airbrush also. Once you get one that you like it gets easier and easier. The more you do the more ideas you will come up with. Keep up the good work and I hope to see more pictures. Ken Schmitz Mylures

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Looks good to me to Whittler. Keep playing with the airbrush, try

paints at different air pressures and different amounts of thinner.

It does get easier. A good air regulator is a must for airbrushing.

Coley

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Nice looking lure. I have a trick that I use on my thru wire musky baits that may help you. I lay out the pattern on a square blank trying to keep the grain in line with the length of the lure and keeping the layout straight . Then before I carve or turn on the lathe, I predrill all the holes for my thru wires. If the drill gets off course, I can start over with out having the frustration of ruining a good carve. When turning on the lathe, I use the predrilled holes for centering the stock. When carving, I run a piece of coat hanger wire thru the blank in the drilled holes to reference the center line of the bait and the profile is equal on both sides. Once the carving is done, I can be sure the holes are lined up right. I break from tradition and run my thru wire prior to painting. This has helped reduce touch ups and such after a good paint job from pliers slipping. To keep the paint off the eyes, I just cover them with masking tape. Hope this helps a bit.

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