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  1. Was expecting a little more flash than regular or hologram glitter. Maybe a little more flash or iridescence? I tried some clear, nice results but I don't make any clear baits. I did try an opaque stick bait. That was for an order I had. Regular glitter was heads and tails above the shine of the sparkle. Scratching my head over that one. Tonight a tried a white pearl smoke with the .035 violet. Not bad, but I can see where the .015 would certainly be a better choice. Interestingly, using MF crayfish color with the .035 violet the baits took on a violet color. Before you say I overhea
  2. I'm glad it wasn't just me. Not thrilled with the product at all. I honestly feel as though regular violet or hologram gold, would work just as well in my applications.
  3. So I had to go ahead and watch a YT video with someone using the Lureworks sparkle glitter. Look pretty cool, so of course I had to order some. I ordered the Violet, Gold and Green sparkle flake .040 for each. Fast delivery so went right to work. I used a crayfish color with the violet. And a brown almost Berkley Camo for the gold, the green was out of stock. These are the colors I use the most. I gotta say, I was underwhelmed. The violet in the crayfish came out pretty good. But nothing spectacular. The brown with gold was no big deal at all. I think my hologram gold was better.
  4. I solved the problem by using a couple drops of plain orange, and plain green to each color. Nice coloring now. Lost the florescence, and the green needs to be tinkered with a bit. but all in all these didn't come out too bad.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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