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Thinking of getting into making my own hardbaits: Advice?
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:10 PM
I know nothing aboutmakingmy own hardbaits, not am I even a decent artist, but I live up north where winter is long and I love the look of custom cranks. Is there any books/dvd that could help? Also, what about air brushes? What kind, how many? I would rather buy more expensive since I have always found you get what you pay for. I don't need the most expensive stuff, but i want some qaulity. I know there is a lot to learn and since my winter here is coming to a close, I am thinking of making this next winter's endeavor, but would like to start learning and acquiring goods soon.
Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:34 PM
Best thing I can tell you right now is use the search feature on this website and type in any subject you have a question on and there will be hours of reading that will definitely get you going in the right direction.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:28 AM
Sounds like your sincerely interested, if you're willing to plan that far ahead.
Its a great way to get through winter.
This website is better than any dvd you'll ever find. It's all here.
What will you need? The list is long but I'll get it started. I'm sure I'll forget a dozen or so essentials, but...
Paint in a variety of colors. You'll want to clear with either Devcon 2 ton epoxy, which is available form Walmart, or envirotex which can be had in craft stores, like Michaels.
Sandpaper in various grades.
And that's just the begining.
Run away while you stll can.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 03:02 AM
Come on, Fatfingers, do you really want to scare the man and perhaps direct him towards other activities than lure making, which might even be harmfull to his health?
I can still make crankbaits without having the following from your list:
- bandsaw (I have a scrollsaw, but dream of having a bandsaw as well
- table saw
- drill press
- heat gun
- gram scale
- drying wheel (I do not use epoxy as clearcoat)
- paint booth
- screw eyes ( which cannot be found in my country, but even if I could find them, I would still use hand made wire eyes)
Did you have all the things of your list when you started this activity ?
I make crankbaits using rattle can sprays and the printing foil technique which Husky invented
Crankbait making is catching with a few things to start with, the rest will come in time
Posted 15 February 2007 - 03:56 PM
always good to see someone that has an interest in making cranks. Welcome aboard.
Yes you have come to the best site available to learn. Here are a few of my suggestions and are only "my opinion".
#1. if I were going to take a "newbie" (excuse the expression) under my wing, the first thing I would tell them to do is to go purchase this book: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF TACKLE MAKING
by C. Boyd Pfeffer....... I don't know the exact date that the book was written and YES it is a bit outdated to todays standards, but it has all of the basics covered that will allow you to understand and answer your most basic question. I keep this book at my desk or in my shop for reference all the time.
#2. Learn to use the search feature on this site. By the way, you could learn how to build a crankbait right on this site without purchasing the book. This site is that good. The book will just help you understand more.
#3. Nothing beats the trial and error method.
#4. your first bait will suck
#5 don't get dis-couraged, you will get better
Posted 15 February 2007 - 05:40 PM
Ro, I understand what you're saying. My post was in keeping with what he said here:
Also he did inquire about airbrushes which led me to believe he wants the things he needs to right out of the chute.
If you're going to buy what you need, then...buy what you need.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 08:26 PM
I believe that the more failures you encounter, the more you learn. Sometimes those early failures become stunning successes later when you apply the failure you "learned" to solve a new problem you've encountered.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 01:45 AM
Fatfingers, I agree. Let's say we own the truth together.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 09:50 AM
It all fun , no matter how you do it. I always joke with my friends about lure making...I tell them you can buy a musky bait for about $15 or you can make one yourself for about $25.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 10:57 AM
Hi, my name is Jed and I'm a lure addict! Beware, once you start, it's tough to stop!
Posted 16 February 2007 - 11:17 AM
I have to agree with Tally, "The Complete Book Of Tacklemaking" is a great reference for anyone wanting to make custom baits.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 05:54 PM
I agree with fatfingers.
This is costing me a small fortune!
Posted 16 February 2007 - 11:14 PM
Vman, I just bought a bench grinder for making stainless steel lips. Don't ask me why, but I wanted to give them a try so I jumped up and bought the grinder this afternoon. Got a nice one on sale at Sear's and got another $15 bucks off for using their charge card...came out to $27.
Next on the list is a lathe for making jerkbaits and gliders.
This stuff is nuts.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 05:52 AM
You must have a very inventive mind, Fatfingers.
What do you have to build to justify it? You must have promise her something.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:57 AM
Lol, I didn't have to think of anything, she was coming up with ideas on her own as we we're leaving the store and walking across the parking lot!
Actually, for Valentines Day last year, I made her a heart-shaped key fob from lexan. I foiled it and etched her name into it, cleared it, and put an eyescrew into the top with a split ring and a key ring . She loved it.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 11:43 AM
Gotta find me one of those and I'm not talking keyrings!
Posted 17 February 2007 - 04:37 PM
Glad to see so much feedback however, I am sorry if i am offending any purists, but i was thinking into just the custom painting part. I would buy bodies and paint my own. i alos have a lot of old lures I don't use. I was looking more for advice on just the painting part. i would like to start there before actaully creating my own baits.
Posted 19 February 2007 - 02:07 AM
Fatfingers, let me tell you a story.
I was with a friend in a fishing articles store. I looked with admiration at some Rapala crankbaits, and I told the seller that they look quite expensive to me. I also told him that I make my own crankbaits, but if I take into consideration all the things which I bought just to make them, than my crankbaits are more expensive than the Rapalas. The seller loked puzzled. At this moment, my friend explained to him:
- You know, the addiction ...
Posted 11 March 2007 - 03:10 PM
I think I have died and went to heaven. I like you are a new-be and am looking forward to the many trial by fire, rewards by flame. I am in the works of my first attempt at a top water lure. By standards I am sure it is to be funned at, I am alright with this. I have made Kona Head lures in the past so here I go. Thank you all for being there.
Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:25 AM
What the old guys forgot to tell you is you will need parts.
Get a catalog.
Start with jansnetcraft
Guys did I forget any? I'm getting old to.
Find a Hobby Lobby Store
And don't forget Walmart for you two ton epoxy