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Five minute rattle can
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Posted 28 January 2007 - 05:27 PM
I’ve been looking at making rattle cans recently.
The ideal materials are glass tubes and steel balls. Both have good resilience which is necessary to get a good clear ’ping’ sound.
My first efforts involved trapping a BB shot in a brass tube with copper plates soldered on the ends. This was only 50% successful as the flux residue from the solder would sometimes interfere with the ball operation. Also the soldering process was extremely tedious and time consuming.
I found that the sound was more of a dull ‘thud’ rather than a clear ‘ping’. I replaced the BB lead shot with a large blob of solder. This material is harder than lead and gave a clearer sound.
A simple mold can be made for the solder blob using a ball end dremel cutter in a piece of scrap hardwood. The molten solder automatically forms a sphere, so only the bottom surface needs molding.
The rattle can solution that I settled on in the end was a thin walled brass tube ¼ inch dia. With the dremel cutting wheel attachment (safety glasses essential) make two adjacent slots, 1mm apart and 5mm long. This forms a tang 1mm wide. Fold the tang inwards through 90deg and trim the rest of the material away with tin snips. Repeat at the other end, inserting a small steel ball or solder ball before bending the tang.
When the ball strikes the tang, it is free to vibrate. The result is a clear, bell like ‘ping’.
When mounting in the lure, it is essential to keep the tangs clear of any material so that they can vibrate. Also, the hole must be plugged to prevent epoxy fouling the mechanism. See rattle can for clarification.
Construction time, with a little practise, is less than five minutes.
But what noise will the fish like? One advantage of this can design is that it can be tuned, by varying the length and width of the tang, the pitch of the 'ping' can be altered. We just have to find out what the fish prefer.
Posted 29 January 2007 - 06:58 AM
I acknowledge your tutorial on the glass rattle, Excellent job. I am also aware that some use spent 022 cartridges.
I suspect that 'rattle cans' are potentially a very important method for catching fish and apart from an excelent article by Mr Sissons that I read a few weeks ago, I feel that the subject has not been given the air that it deserves.
I also suspect that their are a few more construction methods going on out there that other members might like to share. Experience with cans, theories, new ideas, facts. I am hoping that this small contribution might get some knowledge sharing going on.
Posted 29 January 2007 - 07:11 AM
I use 10mm brass tubes and for the rattles steel bb airgun amo,2 per tube seem's to give the best result's.I seal the ends with thin metal cut to size and held in place with foil tape these are then epoxied into the lures body
Posted 29 January 2007 - 05:03 PM
another method is to drill a hole completely through you bait. Insert some shot and glue metal caps over the holes.
Posted 02 February 2007 - 10:12 AM
Lazaro- Thats great!! Do you make your own "rattle traps", or are those just halves that you've bought?
Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:06 AM
Yes, I'd like to see the whole process, not just the rattle.
Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:42 PM
I have a lot of trouble writing in english, so please try to do you're best effort will you're reading.
All the info you can find it in the tutorial, or in post's in TU.
I haven't done it before, but it's a good time to say tanks to all for your help. The first thing I do in the mornig, is read TU.
SS wire bending
This are my first "mini" mold
I made them with liquid silicon, and you mix it with a catalizer so it can get hard.
I use plastic disketts (3.5) box's to hold then together
The lure I make are made from 2 part resin (it's almost like epoxy). Mix 50% part A + 50% part B.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:46 AM
That's an ingenius rattle box, and the whole lure is very impressive.
For those of you pouring stick baits, minnows, and any other longer than tall baits, you can make a rattle by cutting a section of brass tube, putting in BBs, and then pinching the ends shut. You can place the tube in the lure so that it's at an angle, lower in the lure toward the front, and higher toward the rear. I would start at the front hook hanger, and end somewhere near the tail.
By angling the tube upward toward tail, the shot moves to the tail on the cast, and then runs back down to the belly on the retrieve, for proper weight distribution.
The Japanese luremakers Yozuri and Zip do this with a wire, sliding weight, and magnet.
It is too difficulf for me to do, since I carve my lures from wood or PVC, but it lends itself well to lures that are poured from foam.
It's tricky to get the weight, length of tube, and angle right, but, once you do, you can kill two birds with one stone, or rattle chamber.