Quick Tips...take em all, but leave one of your own!
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 09:44 PM
Cut a piece of bill material as wide as your bait and about 1" long and drill a hole in one end for a wire hanger. Stick it in the bill slot and use it to hold and hang the bait while undercoating, airbrushing, and while the paint dries. It's handy to grab it with locking forceps while airbrushing, and it keeps paint out of the slot. Apply a little blue painters' tape to the false bill to get a friction fit if necessary.
Posted 09 February 2007 - 12:44 AM
For those of you that do foiled baits, try this. Get some wire form mesh from any craft store, I got mine from Mister Art on line. http://www.misterart...-Metal-Mesh.htm
It comes in different diamond patterns from 1/16" to 1/4". After you have foiled your bait, cut a piece of the mesh to the size you need and wrap it around the area you plan on detailing. Take a burnishing tool and rub the mesh pushing the pattern into the foil take your time and keep the mesh tight and you will produce a raised scale effect with a nice diamond pattern.
Posted 13 February 2007 - 12:52 PM
I've just re-discovered my old fishing hat, with the LED lights on.
My eyes are not so good any more, it's perfect for intricate dremelling.
Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:18 PM
I just made a mold out of an old CD case. Use one side as the base and use the other side to cut up 1 inch strips for the walls of the mold.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 02:27 PM
I'm just getting started and needed a place to paint the lures and store equipment. I saw some articles on making a paint booth. I decided to purchase a used computer cabinet that has doors on it. I got one at a thrift store for 50.00(wal-mart new 154.00) I can put a fan an filter on the back side, Install a small light inside and build some shelves on the inside of the door for paint. It has several drawers and compartments for storage. When not in use close the door and the mess is hidden.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 08:23 AM
I found Naptha works great for thinning enamel paints for shading. It dries faster and doesn't seem to have a bubbling effect with the epoxy when you take the heat gun to it.
As mentioned before. I started weighing my epoxy on a digital scale to mix it. I do larger musky lures and it works great! Once you now much to mix per lure it is like clockwork. I have only been doing one lure at a time. Not sure how you would do it for production batches.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 06:19 PM
Need very small bits for your dremel?
Get used ones for free with a dentist
Posted 17 February 2007 - 07:09 PM
For painting larger baits, a small pair of vice grips can be clamped onto one of the hook hangers. The vice grips handle is secure and allows you to turn the bait as you paint it. It allows you to sit down and move the bait or turn it over instead of standing over the bait as you paint.
Walmart sells a very small pair of vice grips for $2.00. Check in the hardward department.
The vice grips also work great for holding the bait by a hook hanger while applying the final clear coat of expoxy or envirotex.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:37 PM
For thinning paint/mixing epoxy/anything you need to mix 2 precise amounts of something. Once you figure out how much you need to thin whatever it is you're thinning for a specific application, write it down for future reference. Now, go on ebay or to a medical supply store and buy a bunch of 10cc syringes. You get the same exact mixture every time and no making a mess when you pour your paint all over your workbench. They're graduated so you know exactly how much you're drawing up, easy to clean, and if you do ruin one, they're cheap enough to just throw out.
Nonrelated to fishing usage also, the bigger ones when attached to tubing are great for sucking up water quickly or starting a siphon.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 02:36 PM
print the lips you want to cutout on piece of paper ,glue onto your lexan with white woodglue. Saw them out by band or scrollsaw &rinse under water &the glue will release from lexan or polycarbonate
Posted 20 February 2007 - 02:58 PM
For attaching trailer hooks, I use I.V. tubing. They are very strong, and don't come off or rot. I have many nurses in my family and they can usually score me one when I need some more. One tube will attach a ton of hooks.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:23 PM
for mixing up devcon i use a piece of wire and a bathroom tile, its hard, slick and when you finish a simple squirt of thinner and it wipes clean ready for the next bait.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:09 PM
unless the wife fishes too, as in my case....
Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:42 AM
Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:48 PM
I use the leftover plastic from the bottom of the pot to make window clings.My kids love to decorate for the hollidays.I used the leftover watermelon plastic to make shamrocks to stick on the windows.The light shines right thru real nice, impressed the hell out of the wife as well.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:10 PM
YOu can take old rolls of blueprints to use as a bench cover. You can go to any contractor and ask for some old ones. You can get sets up to 1" thick sometimes! You can make a mess,drill holes in parts and mix spot epoxy right on the paper. Cut with a razor at the binder and discard that layer when done. I really like this. A friend showed this to me.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:40 PM
Thats a great idea, Tigger. I sometimes use a magazine on the bench, when I'm applying Devcon epoxy. When I'm done, I just rip of the page.
Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:10 AM
Sometimes its a good idea to clear the bait before changing colors while painting. I often clear during the painting process after getting the bait to a certain point with 2 or 3 colors and before I add the remaining colors and touches.
That way if you have an error in painting, you can wipe off the error while preserving the work already completed.