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Old 06-16-2013, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm one of those guys that's never satisfied with what he can buy off the shelf. I'd like to take a shot at making my own lures. I'm thinking hard crankbaits. Rapala type stuff. I have a lot of experience with epoxy, so this material quickly comes to mind. It can be strengthend with chopped glass strand and lightened with micro balloons or wood flour. Basically, you can make it as heavy or light as you want, to a degree. You can make it glittery by adding glitter to the epoxy mix, or you can add color by adding colorant.
Any of you have ideas about the best way to make a mold for an epoxy crankbait? All I can come up with is kind of a lost wax process. Basically carve the lure out of wax. pour plaster of paris over the wax lure, then heat in oven to melt out the wax. Then pour epoxy into the cavity.
What is a good source for all the little eyes and rings?
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I recently had to restore my computer and lost all my bookmarks and info on all this stuff, I do have it backed up on an external but havent uploaded it yet so I cant post the links now.

If you really want to go that direction I would youtube search "Larry Dalhberg lure making" and watch his vids. If it were me Id cut,carve and form them out of a PVC board then weight to your desire.

Shaun AKA "swimbait" has made some badass swimbaits this way and Ive made a crank or two also.
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Lure Parts Online (formerly called Stamina) Jann's Netcraft, and Barlows are good sources of components.

I am loving the challenge of making balsa baits right now. I always dug the Rapala Fat Raps and Risto Raps, which are both balsa wood. It can be a little tricky to work with, but the rewards are great.

PVC is a super good idea for bait bodies though. Really user friendly.

Good luck, post up some bait porn when you get done.

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Lure Parts Online (formerly called Stamina) Jann's Netcraft, and Barlows are good sources of components.

I am loving the challenge of making balsa baits right now. I always dug the Rapala Fat Raps and Risto Raps, which are both balsa wood. It can be a little tricky to work with, but the rewards are great.

PVC is a super good idea for bait bodies though. Really user friendly.

Good luck, post up some bait porn when you get done.

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Not sure if fishfodder is interested in building a swimbait, but your tutorial is a great place to start - http://carpetrutta.blogspot.com/2011...lding-101.html

Once you get the hang of it, you can make your own versions. I made a smaller, double jointed version that bass can't refuse.
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I'm one of those guys that's never satisfied with what he can buy off the shelf. I'd like to take a shot at making my own lures. I'm thinking hard crankbaits. Rapala type stuff. I have a lot of experience with epoxy, so this material quickly comes to mind. It can be strengthend with chopped glass strand and lightened with micro balloons or wood flour. Basically, you can make it as heavy or light as you want, to a degree. You can make it glittery by adding glitter to the epoxy mix, or you can add color by adding colorant.
Any of you have ideas about the best way to make a mold for an epoxy crankbait? All I can come up with is kind of a lost wax process. Basically carve the lure out of wax. pour plaster of paris over the wax lure, then heat in oven to melt out the wax. Then pour epoxy into the cavity.
What is a good source for all the little eyes and rings?
As one of those guys who are beginners, I would like to see some results as well.
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Swimbait sparked a desire in me to start making my own baits. I bought a buncha stuff and have begun doing that, with good results. I am now starting to dabble in bass jig/SB skirts. I like you cannot stomach the high prices off the shelf. Plus I think I can fit my needs better then what is available locally.(Colorado shelves SUCK for bass fishing) It is fun!!
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