I am always trying to find ways to improve my methods (I'm sure we all are). I wanted to try pouring resin instead of making them from wood. My normal method for wood is to use a band saw for rough shape, belt sander, table router, drill press, pour hot lead... The process would take a while. After making a RTV silicone mold, I poured the resin casts and wow, 5-10 minutes per lure. I will still have to add a little ballast in the belly but not nearly as much as when I use wood. I did 4 lures in like 35 minutes all while watching the NFL draft. I would just pour and then watch TV, pour and watch more TV... It was great. No loud noise from and power tools, no being stuck in the basement or garage, no sawdust flying around, no worry about losing a finger...
On these I just pre-drilled a pilot hole and then added some hook hangers. The mold however is made to hold a thru-wire system. I just wanted to test them so I didn't want to bother with the thru-wire. I just screwed some hook hangers in just to see if I had the correct ratio of microballons to resin (correct buoyancy). I think I got it right.
Cool. Thanks for the reply. I have been researching how to do the RTV mold and resin pour method for a while to get the little details worked out like the hook hanger. I would prefer thru wire over screw eyes. Just wondered if making a mold one should put a thru wire rig so the mold accomodates the wire.
Your right on with doing prototypes to get the bouyance thing right. I like the way you think.
If you are going to do a thru-wire, make sure your master has the thru-wire as well. The Mold will then have the negative space where you can insert the wire before you pour the resin. You can always make a jig with a 2x4 and nails to bend the wire exactly the same for every lure.
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