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Old 05-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone making custom molds?

I am looking for someone with the ability and expertise to make a mold for a bait I have not been able to find any longer. Anyone fit this need of know someone who does? Thanks!!
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I was just asking about this earlier today. Asked a buddy who owns a machine shop and was going to see if he could make me one for a hellgrammite. He told me it would be cost prohibitive to make a mold due to time and labors involved. He recommended a RTV rubber compound kit from Ebay, BUT I am going to attempt to make one today out of some plaster of paris if I can muster up enough motivation to go to Wal-Mart. I'll let you know how it goes or if its a complete failure. I'm also open to suggestions as to how to make one of these without costing me an arm and a leg.
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Made the mold last night, and poured a couple today. I made my mold from some foam poster board $2 and plaster of paris $4. Both from walmart, and I used pam cooking spray and sprayed my master and mold to keep from sticking. As soon as I mixed and poured the plaster it was pretty thick, it was more like a paste than the "thick pancake batter" that I had read about but tapped it on the stove a couple times to settle it. I then pushed my swim bait down into the plaster until the plaster was bulging over the bait. Let it dry overnight and used a razor blade and sandpaper to smooth the mold down. I then poured a couple of 6.5 inch swim baits and they turned out great. They are a little dull in color but I also read I can spray some clear krylon sealer or use modge podge and it will make them shiny. When trolling 30-50 feet deep I doubt the fish will care if its dull looking or not. I'll be on Cherokee at fall creek about daylight and will try them out. I'd like to know where to find this guy folks keep talking about on here that catches and sales the shad on Cherokee, as I'm obviously not good at it. (I even donated a 7ft cast net to the lake in poor valley one morning. I threw the net and when I realized I didn't have the rope I watched her disappear.) But try the plaster trick if you have a master you want to copy.
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