I used a two part casting resin that you can pick up at any hobby shop. Made the molds out of latex using plastic shot glasses as the form. Added a lead insert with eyes and brass tubing to run from the front of the head to the back. Once the resin hardened, removed them from the molds, spun them on a lathe to get a smooth surface, sanded them with an utlra fine finishing paper and used a plastic spray gloss finisher. Added a skirt and voila........invested a lot of time, but had fun, learned a bunch, and now have lures that from a material cost aspect saved me money.
I make several versions of hi speed trolling lures:
I make flat headed lures by taking clear polyvinyl tubing I buy from Aubuchons hardware.
I push small lengths of it into progressively larger sections of tubeing till I get the diameter I want. I then take a sharp razor blade & cut the outermost tubeing back a little to make a "shoulder" on which to glue a standard tuna skirt onto. I am always hunting down the right skirts to use
(oh that kinda skirt-chaser eh? hehehe)
I found some small diameter green garden hose that works great for this too.
I have also found that the necks of plastic funnels & plastic kitchen basters also make great molds for 2 part fiberglas resin heads.
The plastic just pops off without sticking when its cured. I tint the resin with varios color paints while its still wet. I put movable doll eyes on all my lures. They catch as good as commercial lures & I get a special kick out of seein a tuna hit something I made!
I will try to get some pictures of my lures together with my new digital camera. Stay tuned.
I would like to trade ideas with any other offshore lure makers too.
Very nice lures Mahi
I particularly like the "alien" clone
Pink & silver top lure, bottom pic
and the "Wide range" clone, yello & red just below it,
How are you casting those heads..in RTV silicone molds?
I have recently found a few new sources for mold making materials.
believe it or not, I'm using plastic shot glasses/plastic cups for the molds. I tried making my own latex molds for awhile, but they took too much time and I couldn't be certain that the cores were centered. The plastic cups make it easy. I can pour multiple casts at one time. When the casts are set up, I just clamp the whole thing in my lathe and turn the plastic cup off. Some of the heads that I created were actually mistakes. The alien-style lure and the cone-shaped head were the results of digging in too far with my turning tools (part of them chipped away so I kept whittling away until I had something usable).
I checked out yours as well. Very nice. Where do you get your skirts from? I've been using mostly Moldcraft Tuff-Tails (they're a little more rigid and durable), but ordered some Sevenstrands that I intend to use on the next set.
I've ordered from most of those places in the past. There was a web-site for a company in Mexico called Allure that had some great color combos (some of them I've seen used on JAS lures). i tried ordering from them but couldn't get through
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