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  1. I like the twisted eye especially if I am fishing for northern pike. For bass I use the open "R". You can use a rubber skirt collar over the "R" to keep the line tie from moving up.
  2. Like mentioned above a dremel and a light hand. Once you get to a certain point you can also use small hobby files which will cut slower but more precise.
  3. You have an age old problem. No matter which fluid bed system you buy, you will have problem with some colors but not all colors. Reason being some powder are denser than others and do not fluidize as well. No matter if you buy all your paint from Pro-tech (CSI) or off of the web, no two powder are alike in make-up. So what is the solution. First of all you can do what Dink Master said and add some clear powder to the batch. You can also do what Jig Man said and add more filter. Finally you can try different filter media for different colors. Some colors will work better with certain media. This will be a trial and error on your part. Document all of your successful results so you can duplicate it again. You can also try different media, like Tyvek (post office envelopes), vacuum cleaner bags, Allergen pillow covers, brown bags, or computer paper. I have better results with my fluid bed in the winter when it is drier. make sure you always keep your powder paint tightly sealed when not in use. Any moisture that gets in the powder paint will give you lots of problems. In the long run you will have to deal with an imperfect solution and do the best you can. Good Luck
  4. That is excellent information. I can decipher everything from the info you provided. Thank You, hopefully you have most of these in red. I will be placing an order tomorrow.
  5. Does anybody have actual caliper dimensions of the following WTP 3d eyes. Barlow's has overall even fractions, but I would like to have the dimensions of the diameter in decimal (thousands). for example: 4 MEY is approx (.231) 4-1/2 MEY 5 MEY 5-1/2 MEY 6 MEY 6-1/2 MEY 7 7-1/2 MEY I'd like to order eyes but I want to make sure of the diameter. I called WTP today, but they are closed until Jan 3rd. Any help would be appreciated.
  6. I have to agree 100% with Vodkaman. The initial design to make a 3d model in any cad package is very time consuming. Once modeled, the changes, revisions and modifications if not too drastic are fairly easy and don't take up a lot of time. I guess depends on who you are, but if I had a model done and it was very complex, I probably would not give anyone the files either. I have no problem helping someone, but looking at those two pics you sent, it would take some time to model. Sorry I can't help you.
  7. I saw in a previous thread you posted, that you use Solidworks. I use it as well and it isn't that difficult to draw up the sculpin is Solidworks. Unless you don't have the time. I do not have any models however. On that rat, you can probably contact the guy on Thingiverse and see if he has a model or an .STP file.
  8. Very sad to hear. Ben and I talked about jigs and how I make them. He even bought a few from me that I custom made for him. Really great guy. Going to miss the times he and I chatted on the phone and thru e-mails.
  9. I don't add weight to spinnerbaits. I either go up one size weight, or if it is running to high then reel slower and if it is running too low, then reel faster. It is that simple. You can control where your spinnerbait should be by doing this and letting the fish tell you if they want a fast or slow retrieve.
  10. Thank You for your answers.
  11. I have some questions for you. Can this be applied to powder painted jigs? Is this a clear coat? Have you done any testing on its duarbility? What is the shelf life of the can or bottle? How do you buy it? Thanks for your time.
  12. I, have found an easier way to pour weedguards in a mold without getting all of the strands fanned out. I've tried this on the small .078 weedguard holes and the .050 holes. I went on line and found some really small diameter heat shrink tubing that fits around the weedguard. Put the heatshrink tubing around the weedguard (it will be a snug fit). Stick the whole assembly into the mold where the weedguard is supposed to go. Push the weedguard up against the hook and back off the heat shrink tubing so it only goes to the top of the jig head in the mold, not all the way into the mold. Close the mold and pour away. Once you open the mold slide off the heat shrink tubing. The weedguard strands stay intact. I am off to work but I will post a pic tonight. Also I found the heat shrink tubing on Amamzon. I don't remember if I bought precut pieces or a roll and cut 40 or 50 pieces to the length of the weedguard. It really is easy. More info to follow tonight. Just a note, I only pour weedguards in place, when someone isn't going to powder paint or if someone is going to airbrush. You can't powder paint jig bodies with weedgurds in place, because you will melt the weedguards.
  13. I had a friend that had one, and I called him and he doesn't have it anymore. That would definitely, be a good 3d printed project. Going to use a lot of filament. If I come across someone that has one, I will get the measurements and post them here.
  14. Jig Man, if you are doing a lot of jigs, put some red RTV silicone on both mold halves just under the head. Smooth out the silicone flush with the mold halves, and stick one of your hooks in the cavity on one half. Let RTV cure. When cured, slowly take hook out of mold and peel away carefully from RTV. Next take a razor blade and skin off any excess RTV on the mold halves. You're now ready to pour. If you ever want to use the lead keeper again, peel off all the RTV.
  15. I use the Palmer pot to pour small orders 10-15 jigs. My pot also has some rust once it warms up and I scrape the sides. I will tell you this, (this is my opinion) but the Palmer pots run very hot, compared to my Lee even at #9. I wonder if the extreme heat has something to do with it.
  16. I have the one linked below and it does everything that I need. I also have the wire forming conversion kit. Can't say it's the best because everyone has their own personal opinion. But I really like mine. https://www.lurepartsonline.com/Wire-Forming-Tool https://www.lurepartsonline.com/Wire-Forming-Tool-Conversion-Kit
  17. Good thought, but who would pay the exorbitant price. Can't make it cheap enough in the states with cost of labor rates. Also with 300 color selections, I don't know why you would we need more. Some colors would sell and others won't leaving manufacturers to throw them away. I personally am happy with the current available colors. Also every year there is a new hot color until it fades away. Just can't keep up with everyone's demand and for the few that would order not worth making. JMO.
  18. Smalljaw hit the nail on the head, I have about 250 ball bearings left that I bought 12 years ago and since then the price has gone up tremendously. I have been using roller swivels as well on my personal spinnerbaits and underspins. Never had an issue with them. They aren't ball bearing swivels, however they do work well and don't break the bank. If you 're going to buy bulk, I would go with Worth. Good Luck and welcome to TU.
  19. Welcome to TU. That is a first for me as well. You will heve to have them plated. With that said, it is going to be very expensive and probably cost prohibitive in small quantities, unless you buy 10K. Also remember that the gold plating will wear off from the blades hitting it along with the clevis and the beads spinning around on the shaft.
  20. Welcome to TU. If you are going to paint them, I would very lightly scuff them up and then wipe the blades off with alcohol. Depends on what color you are painting, If you are using an opaque, then you probably don't need a primer. But on light colors I would use a white base. I would also use lacquer paints if it were me. Then you don't have to use epoxy unless you want a more durable finish. JMO
  21. cadman

    Blade Type

    There are also stainless steel blades, which I have seen, however they are not that common. These will not rust as well.
  22. I have lived in then Chicago land area all my life. It is is cold here today with -1 Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -27. Like mentioned above you get used to it. When this cold spell breaks, and it reaches 32 degrees above zero, you will see people barbecuing and walking around in shorts. When it is so cold after a week or two , a warming trend makes everyone want to open the windows like it was Spring. But not today, today I stayed home cleaned reels and poured jigs. I used to ice fish, but haven't done that in about 15 years. I too am tored of the cold weather. I want to move to Tennessee, but wife wants to move to Wisconsin. What's all that about???????
  23. He didn't mention it so I have no idea he knew about O'hare. Maybe he forgot.
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