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  1. If you used a soft plastic bait(s) as the master that is where you probably ran into trouble. Certain forms of silicone mold don’t play nice with soft plastics. I encountered this same issue while using a platinum cured silicone. Allowed it to set up for 8+ hours only to find the area around the bait I was copying was still gel like. Look at the description for cast-a-mold platinum silicone at specialtyresin.com. It gives some examples of materials the silicon is not compatible with. Don’t give up. There are workarounds to get the mold you want.
  2. I have never bought stencils before but have considered it recently. I’ve made some for crank baits out of plastic and thick paper. As for scaling why not use window screen or some other flexible wire mesh from the the big box hardware store? Reusable, it can be cleaned and last forever. I would recommend cutting up a body scrubber/loofa but not sure how solvent based soft plastic paint would react with it.
  3. What Cadman said. I will add that the powder paint that I have gotten from my local powder coating shop is usually much thicker than what we get from the tackle suppliers. Still usable you just have to find what it likes. I know my fluid doesn’t have the stamina to fluidize it. So I just dip from the cup. With some trial and error you will find the right count for heating the jig head with the heat gun. For example most of my 1/4oz jigs and paint prefer a 9-10 count in front of the heat gun. A little less for CS Coating’s powder. You want the jig just hot enough to have a dullness or mat color after it has been dipped. Then give it another shot in front of the heat gun and it will shine over. Then bake. You might also consider making a clamp to fit inside your oven to bake the jigs head up rather than hanging them. This has helped me reduce/eliminate cone heads. I made mine from angle iron since that’s what I had available and cut notches so they slide in where the wire rack is in the toaster oven. Bought silicone mats from Amazon cut them to fit, and nuts and bolts from Lowes.
  4. Deer tails and other dressings as well as powder paint jars go into a clear tote with a gasket seal in the lid. I have found them at Target and Wallyworld. Other items like hooks I found some smaller clear plastic boxes with latch lids at the store formally know as the Dollar Tree. Beads, blades and other wire related items I store in Plano boxes of various sizes. I also leave the smaller items in their package so I don’t have to guess the sizes. I have also found it very useful to pick up some adhesive backed labels and a sharpie to label items in the containers. I will often times also put notes on the labels inside the container lids as a cheat sheet. Like what size eye or blade I need for a specific jig head.
  5. I did my transaction with bug molds through PayPal so I had some hope I could have gotten refunded. I do however understand your concerns. Yes I believe he is a member on here-cnc molds and stuff.
  6. bugmolds.com did a fantastic job cutting me a single cavity custom mold based on a number of pictures showing the measurements of the bait I wanted. I will note they are out of western Ukraine but communication from them via email was great and they were back to operational last I checked. I’ve been seeing many listings on eBay recently from them. Another place you might look at would be cncmolds.com. They have a Facebook page too if you do that-I don’t. I read on the website where he does custom orders. I picked up his 4 cavity twin tail grub mold awhile back and it is very nice.
  7. I suck at math so this might not be correct. 1 gal plastisol = 16 cups. if you pour a half a cup and see how many baits are produced that would get the number of baits per gallon and cost per bait. 1 gallon plastic is say $50 divided by 16cups=$3.13 per cup. If you can make say 20 baits per half cup x 2 for a full cup=40 baits per cup. 40 baits x 16 cups= 640 baits per gallon. $3.13 divided by 40 baits= .078 cents per bait. Or price per gal of plastic divided by total number of baits produced in a gal of plastic. i hope this rambling of mine has made sense.
  8. Bottom pour I’m guessing with temp knob on top? If it were me I’d put the pot on a surface outside of the living quarters, get a cheap small muffin pan from the store, heat the pot up on 6-7 assuming there is lead in it. DO NOT get any water in the lead!!! Once hot drain lead into muffin pan holes. Wear leather gloves trust me! Unplug let it cool. With or without lead, take screws loose that hold the plunger and remove plunger. Scrub inside pot and plunger with wire brush and steel wool to remove rust and scale. Make sure the divot in the pot where the plunger seats is good and clean. I’ve had to scrape around in that with a flat screw driver before. Just go easy. Refill the pot with lead and heat it up. Never run the pot on empty. I usually try to keep mine half full to minimize rust. Be forewarned, it’s a Lee pot it’s gonna drip some even perfectly cleaned. I should tell you here to use pure soft clean lead to refill. I would be a hypocrite if I did. Hard dirty lead like wheel weights are a booger to pour but doable. I just flux mine good in a junk cooking pot on a camp stove outside with a small chunk of wax to get the junk to come up to the top and skim off. Caution this will briefly cause a lot of toxic smoke and a small fire in the pot but it will burn off. Soft lead pours much better. The lead sinkers should do just fine. It’s whatever you have access to that has worked for me. As far as temp I pour most of my 1/4 oz jigs on the #4 setting. Some molds like it a little hotter 5-6. Again, this is just my take on it.
  9. X2 on the above mentioned. Heat up pot. Use a spinner bait wire or paper clip in vice grips to insert into the discharge hole from underneath. Rather than Pyrex I use a cleaned out tuna fish or cat food can to catch the lead. Low profile and won’t pop from thermal shock. Work the handle up and down a few times while scraping around and up/down in the hole with the wire. Then use a flat screwdriver to twist the plunger rod left and right a few times followed up with a few quick lead flows with no wire. Sometimes the plunger with accumulate some scale on the end of it. See if that helps. If not, I’d suggest empty your pot, take the plunger out and give the inside a good scrubbing with a wire brush and steel wool.
  10. Would someone care to explain how these blanks were used to make crank baits? All are solid brass bodies except the blade bait and some have aluminum plates in the middle. Most of the ones that are not pinned together have at least two threaded holes inside. I assume they were used to produce two plastic bait halves via an injection or vac mold machine. Not even real sure what brand these would be from. Any help is appreciated
  11. Ahh, my lack of attention to detail and posting while at work. My bad. Didn’t pay attention to the legs. Glad you found it though.
  12. Bait plastics mentions shipping internationally but request contact fist. https://baitplastics.com
  13. X2 clear dip. The plastic will continue to extrude its compounds over time to some degree thus causing the adhesive to fail.
  14. Bass tackle http://www.basstackle.com/mobile/Product.aspx?ProductCode=737-KJ-1#PhotoSwipe1653504543062 i looked at purchasing this one for a Ned bait but just never did.
  15. Thanks DM. Got the color and a recipe to make more. Much appreciated.
  16. There isn’t anything about it that’s blue or fleck! But the picture you posted looks spot on. Thanks
  17. Never thought about oxblood. This along with a handful of other colors I had bought in a bulk deal were faded or smeared. This is why I started putting packing tape around the bottle labels as soon as I them. I tried searching del mart colorants but nothing.
  18. I have this half full bottle colorant that I would like figure out the name of. It really spruces up a purple soft plastic. All that I can read on the label is Delmart. It has a purple/plum/brown tint to it in plastic.
  19. I wanted to give an update on my ordering placed back in late January/early February. Amazingly I received my custom cut aluminum bugmolds.com the end of last week. Dang! Those fellas did an amazing job simply off a few pictures of a bait. I just saw they updated their site stating the shop is back up and running too.
  20. Flashing around the Victory hook on a few of mine but nothing terrible or consistent. I modified my mold to also accept a 90° Eagle Claw and wire keeper. Had trouble with those flashing around the tie eye but that was somewhat expected. As for body flashing no issues with either hook style.
  21. here are some ideas https://ultramolds.com/product/curl-tail-grub/ https://fatguysfishing.com/6-hanging-grub-6-cavity/
  22. I would suggest a brief soak in some kind of diluted mild degreaser like Simple Green or Super Clean followed by a scrubbing with a stiff bristle hand brush. Like those used to clean tires and wheels.
  23. Fantastic stream on Jig Squad this evening Smalljaw. I don’t think I can ever thank you enough for the knowledge you share on here and your YouTube channel. You have really helped me learn and understand the tying process.
  24. My starter airbrush was a cheap one from Walmart with a glass cup. After many issues I moved up to a Neo and am very pleased with it for price and performance. Paints-I bought all that I could afford plus a few more from AC Moore craft store when it went out of business. Mainly Spectra and Golden brands. I’ve also picked up some Createx colors. All seem to be decent for my projects. I have an airbrush compressor but I rarely use it. I have a small compressor like yours pictured and it does a fine job. Just be sure to add a moisture trap filter in the line. I found mine at harbor freight along with fittings. Hope this helps.
  25. One thing I found when making a mold using fast cure resin was the heat generated caused the bottom/floor of my abs printed mold to warp. The 2 part silicone I tried did not do that. My resin and silicon came from specialtyresin.com the 2 part resin has been great for making knock offs of the Mirror Lure jerk bait in a silicone mold.
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