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How To Make Soft Plastic Lures

Purchase a cheap microwave and a small pyrex jug.

Plastic comes in a liquid form which must be heated to 170 degrees celsius (340F) before it will set.

Pour required amount ie: 100ml of plastic into the jug and heat for approximately 45 seconds. Remove, stir and then reheat for another 35 seconds.  The plastic should be changing consistency by now but if not, heat for increments of 20 seconds until a clear and watery consistency is obtained.

WARNING:  TOO MUCH HEAT WILL SCORCH/BURN PLASTIC

When adding fluro colour, it must be added prior to heating.  All other colours and glitters are best added when heated.

You can now add colour, glitter and scents if desired (please note a little goes a long way).  Use a mustard spoon to measure colours and glitters. Stir well before reheating and then reheat in 15 to 20 second increments until oily consistency is reached. Glitter will sink to bottom of jug during reheating process so it is important to stir before pouring into moulds.

Fill moulds (silicone or injection) right to the top as the plastic shrinks when it cools.  It should take about 10 minutes to set depending on the temperature of the room and other environmental factors.  (The more you work with the plastic the more you will learn).

A 1 litre bottle of plastic will make approximately 200 x  2" Curly Tail Grubs, about 70 x 100mm Swim Minnows or 100 x 130mm Flick Baits. 

Making your own soft plastic lures is a great hobby, very cost effective and the majority of your soft plastic lures are recyclable.

 

SAFTY FIRST -  USE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA. IT IS ADVISABLE TO WEAR A MASK WHEN POURING PLASTICS

 

 

MAKING MOLDS:

Making your own moulds is easy. All you need is a packet of Plaster of Paris, some modelling clay, a bottle of mod podge and good lacquer to finish.  Make your shape from modelling clay, then place your shape in a long flat chinese container or something simular.  Mix the Plaster of Paris as per instructions, pour into the dish and let dry for about 2 to 3 hours.  Remove the modelling clay from the newly formed mould and leave for a few hours to dry.  When mould is dry, paint with mod podge and let dry overnight.  Finally paint mould with a 2-part epoxy.

We now stock Silicone Mould 630 which is available from our Online Store.  The moulds you make from the Silicone Mould 630 should last for thousands of pours providing you take care of them.

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