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  1. New to making my own soft plastics and have not been able to find this particular issue discussed (though I did not dig deep). My capsule oring gets coated with plastic and sucked back into the injector tube. What am I doing wrong? Obviously, I then have to waste time removing all the stuck plastic. I've been lubing both with worm oil and preheating the injector and molds prior to shooting. No problem with the plunger oring. Any helpful hints, tricks, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thx PVL
  2. Hey everyone, this is my first post here but I haven't been making Baits long. A little over a year probably. But I have 3 kids at home and I look at this as something fun to do and it helps pay bills and put food on the table. However, the problem I am having is in only making enough money to buy the supplies I need such as plastic, glitter, etc. each month. So I'm only breaking even. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on marketing, and getting the name out there so I can sell more baits. They are quality baits and people who buy are usually repeat customers but I'm not turning a decent profit. Thanks in advance!
  3. What do I have to do to my injector to keep it working well. Also when shooting should I shoot nice and smooth slow or a little faster?
  4. What is the best dye to use when making soft plastics? I want something good but also cheap. What colors should I get for being in Northern California? Also what is the best glitter, also cheap?
  5. I’ve been looking on the internet for a while now and can’t seem to find many good starter kits. Anyone have any recommendations? I want one around 30$USD. Thanks in advance.
  6. I have a giant bottle of non-tarnish gold colored glitter but I don’t know if I can use it. Can I? Do I need a certain kind? Please help! Thanks in advance!
  7. Does this replace worm oil? It would save a few bucks if it did.
  8. I’ve been researching a lot about making my own baits and molds but I want help with everything from buying supplies to making molds to pouring baits. I know it’s asking for a lot but I can’t afford to waste money. If you want to talk more in depth email me: lucid.vax@gmail.com Thanks in Advance
  9. I’ve been doing research on making my own soft plastics and can’t seem to find if I need softener or not. I haven’t ordered anything yet so is there anything else I need besides plastisol, bait color, and maybe scents or glitter? If you would like to help me and just tell me if I need it or not and the ratios it would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Curious as where people find the glass additive to replace salt? Any help would be appreciated! Tight lines!!!!
  11. Hey folks, I am having an issue with my chartreuse-dyed plastisol getting darker as I reheat it in the microwave several time. Here's the rundown: I start of with DO-IT plastisol and dye it with DO-IT 2X chartreuse dye. I then pop it in the microwave until phase change...it looks great! I inject my first rounds of lures and they turn out perfectly. As the plastisol cools in the Pyrex, I have to reheat to keep it from becoming to viscous for the injector to suck up. As I reheat the plastisol, no matter how careful I am with the temps, I always have the problem of the chartreuse darkening over time. It never truly burns, but the just doesn't have that chartreuse pop like the first couple shots had. I've tried adding DO-IT plastisol stabilizer but I don't think that does anything. The only thing I can do to help mitigate the issue is keep adding more dye, which helps, but does't do the whole trick. I was wondering if anyone has had this same issue and found a way to fix it? Is it the brand of plastisol I'm using? Is it simply the nature of a dynamic heating source like a microwave that is too hard to control? I would love to fix this issue if at all possible. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ya'll! Tight Lines
  12. Hey, just after some.advice. i am very new to making softplastics and i have tried to shoot some plastics today, they are 6inch swimbaits, im using medium plastisol but i am having problems getting them to come out right, the seem to come out tacky and.sticky with not much strecth before brewking, am i kosing it in the heating or using the wrong plastisol? What do iadd for additional durability. Thanks
  13. Hey folks, Does anyone happen to know any custom CNC machinist that make custom soft plastic molds? I have a few ideas in mind regarding a custom design, but am having trouble locating someone that could work with me in the CAD and CNC realm. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. -Southernmost
  14. Looking to add even more enjoyment to fishing. Figured this to be a rewarding hobbies to do on raining days and after work. What do I need to get started. What are some beginner molds yall recommend. Best plastic to use. I don't know anything about it. Just trying to get some advice on where and how to start
  15. 5 inch 2 color stick bait. midnight blue
  16. Where can I get lure packaging mass produced from? The ones I have now are printed with my logo and what not but the company I bought it from previously went out of business. Any direct companies that anyone knows of? I have the design and everything just need it in mass rather than just a few.
  17. Hey guys, I figured this would be the perfect place for me to reach out to you guys who make soft plastic baits. I am a senior Industrial Design student at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA conducting research for my senior thesis project. My goal is to research the methods of the at-home (soft plastic) lure maker in an attempt to make the process safer and more efficient in the home workspace. Aside from being a student, I am also the product designer for Optimum Baits and a freelance designer for several other lure companies. While I do have a prototyping space of my own, all of the actual production of the designs are carried out at a large scale. This does not provide me with much insight for my project. From what I have seen in this group, there are some extremely gifted and creative people in here. Any of your input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time. https://goo.gl/forms/y7DImLhsLPS4pqgV2
  18. bassjunkiebaits

    Beaver Bombers

    beaver bombers, in red Craw
  19. Does anyone on here know if it is possible to make a stencil of a soft plastic lure via the heat n shop vac method without melting it?
  20. Hey I'm the new guy on here just got into making my on soft plastics a few weeks ago and i have been trying to find a good source of information on how to make multi color baits solid body different color legs or tails etc. but haven't had the best luck with finding a solid step by step any help with this would be greatly appreciated also any advise on starter kits and what to spend money on and what to avoid for now as a beginner
  21. Looking for recipe for color of Bass pro shops melon pepper or whiskey rivers.
  22. Hi all....new to soft plastics. I ice fish, kayak fish, fly fish, and tie flies. This is the next logical step for me. Building rods hasn't really interested me yet. I've started with the Do-it $200 starter kit plus some additional molds, glitters, and my favorite color Purple. I picked up a 900W microwave at Wally World and have a well ventilated work area in my garage. I should be pouring by the weekend. Thank you for all your great info here....be safe! Scott
  23. So I've been making lures for about a year now and finally got arou to making a Muskie lure. It's based off of the large bulldawg and medusa style baits just with a slimmer profile. This is literally the first pour of my mold so it's still missing fins and I didn't put a harness in it. Let me know what you guys think!
  24. Ferree

    New Colors

    New colors I just came up with. what do you think?
  25. Hey Guys, First off, new member here. Been using this site as a great resource for planning the launch of a lure company! I wanted to ask for some feedback on spin casting vs. injection molding for producing soft plastics. What are the pros and cons of each? If our company is successful and we start cranking out large quantities, we will for sure be doing injection molding. But in looking for a more affordable option to get our product to market we came across spin casting. It seems like a possible alternative at least in the early days when we are testing products to see if they even sell. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
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