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  1. I'm right up there with you guys. So let's see. In the past five days, I've gotten a couple gals of plastic with additives. Worm oil and scents, and was just looking at color charts for green and orange or yellow colors. Of course these were all from different manufacturers. I mean why would I order everything at once? I thought I saw a thread about how much does lure making cost. Seems like $15.00 a worm at times. It's worse than having a garden and growing $20.00 a pound tomatoes. Looking at some firetiger plugs, green looks closer to what I need, and plain orange, with
  2. Started making some firetiger laminated senkos, and cut tail worms. Came out well enough, but it seems that no matter how much coloring I used the two colors seemed to come out almost transparent Colors were Florescent Orange, and Florescent Chartreuse. Salt was used as well. Still came out almost as though the colors bled. but after inspection I can see through the colors. Would adding a normal green and a normal orange to the florescent colors help bring out my two colors? And yes the florescent colors were added before heating. I was also thinking of adding chartreuse glitter and orang
  3. I started out some time back using the salt from MF. I was plenty satisfied with it. But the price for it and from other sellers has risen to a point where I needed to find alternatives. Took kosher salt ran it through an electric coffee grinder, and turned it into a fine powder. Works fine in baits, for my use at least. But for those who grind their own, how do you keep it from caking? My bought brands of salt never caked. Is there something they add to keep it from caking?
  4. I just bought my first gallon from Dead On. Same problem. I've been pouring for around 30 years and never had this.No matter how careful I am my baits are loaded with bubbles. I also find it takes my baits a lot longer to cure than other brands I've used. A friend went the same route and just bought his first gallon of Dead on as well. Same issue, More bubbles than fine champagne. Ended up going to MF. Back to MF plastisol for me too. I'm pretty sure an average hobby bait maker like myself, doesn't need a vacuum chamber, or the expense of one. I'll spend the extra $20 or so, an
  5. LOL was just pouring a few minutes ago and thinking to myself that I should consider getting a vacuum chamber. I never had the bubble issue with any other plastic I used. And I've tried them all. In all my years of pouring I had never seen bubbles like this. I was using a larger container of coloring and it had separated quite a bit. It was one of those colors that haven't been used in so long you wonder what it looks like. I'm thinking too much of the liquid medium hadn't mixed and boiled out? So this time pouring, I used no coloring, I did use salt and glitter. And stirred a lot l
  6. Or you could do what we've all done at some point. Add softener, then if too soft add hardener, and then add softener. Until you get it just right Be honest guys, we've all done it. Deep down inside we're all just mad scientists1
  7. This past weekend, I had gone to help a young man pour some baits. He's a newbie. I've been pouring about 25 years. He was complaining his baits ( senko) were coming out sticky and tacky. First thing that came to mind was cooking temps. So we started pouring craws. Using my molds, and his Dead on for worms. Got the plastic up to temps. but I got the same results. Know as an above poster mentioned, once you remove X ounces of improperly mixed liquid, no matter how well you mix it, the formula is off. So he let them cure overnight, the next day he tells me they're better. Bu
  8. I had that mold for some time. I don't know of any laminate plate for that mold or any of the essential series. Go to either the blue or orange big box building supply store, and get some aluminum flashing or aluminum sheets and grab your scissors and have at it. The only laminate plate I own is for the Do It senko CNC senko mold. Had to cut out the aluminum ones as needed. Cuts easily with scissors, and you can make multiple ones Works out as well as the laminate plate. Honestly, I wish there were more laminate plates available for more molds. Be warned...there is some trial an
  9. I inject the opposite way. Though we both use the same principle. I use a vise for my molds, and always angle them slightly downward away from the injection port. Been doing that for years after trial and error. The hottest plastic then runs down to the furthest point first. I can see your point though. Your way puts the vents on top so the mold can for lack of better word. burps itself as the mold fills.
  10. I'd say you've found part of the problem yourself. Inject your plastic faster. It seems like your baits are cooling too fast in the mold. Keep the pressure on while shooting.Preheat the mold as well. And open your vent lines a tiny bit. BTW...I like that mold,Most of the others I've seen like that are flat on one side. Don't like that. Your mold looks round and ribbed completely around. Is that true? If so I may end up getting that mold.
  11. Seeing as nobody has the dual injector in stock, I may as well wait. The do it, and bass tackle seem to be my first choices. The meat injector thing reminds me of a funny story. My son was a funeral director. And I, smoke a lot of meats. Friends were over one night and I made a smoked meat buffet. Some were sausages I had injected with beer, some with wine. Friends wife asked what I used to inject the meat with. Showed her this huge stainless steel injector. She asked where I go it from, told her my son brought it home from work. The look on her face was priceless! OK gues
  12. Time to order more plastisol. I have 3 choices Dead On, Bait Plastics,and MF Plastic. Which would you choose. I have tried all 3 and can't make up my mind. Dead on being the least expensive, Bait Plastics being a few dollars more. And MF being the most expensive, nearly double,but shipping is included. I use sinking soft or medium, as I mainly fish deep. To m, they all seem the same. What would your choices be and why?
  13. No intention of buying an ebay special, just trying to keep my costs down. Do it sells theirs for about $50 less, but they're out of stock too. Is everyone making laminates because of the pandemic? I'm guessing supply chain issues.
  14. I make a lot of floating baits using the floaty bubble stuff. I'm experimenting with making floating, or neutral buoyancy claws for my crayfish LOL...you do know what boat means don't you? Bust Out Another Thousand Spending money on the boat! That's funny! You have to do that over the life of the boat. A hole in the ocean into which you pour lots of money. The two happiest days in a boat owners life the day he buys it and the day he sells it...And I'm sure the list goes on. I have a 24' walkaround sitting in my driveway that the engine needs to come out of. I/O Chevy 5.
  15. I'm the same. But I am way fussy, and I'm always tweaking. I may skip the soft sinking, and switch to a medium sinking, and just use the softener to adjust wiggle and texture after adding salt, glass beads,etc. On remelts of dark colors, no stabilizer, just a tiny bit on lighter colors, and none on clearish baits. I just make small batches so I don't have to worry about yellowing. That's quite the bottle assortment! I'm adding some more shelving to keep mine under control. I've got to figure out how to fix the disappearing color name on the pigment bottles.
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