Making Hard Plastic Lures
Notes from this video.
- Make a model. Sculptex modeling clay is affordable. Put eyelets in the model, so that the mold will have a place for them.
- Cast a silicone mold. The silicone used in the video is Mold Star 20T. The mold frame is made using melamine boards (which the mold material won’t stick to) and acryllic sheets. Seems like you can use just one or the other.
- Cut the mold in half with a precision carving knife and take out the model.
- Add eyelets and anything else you want embedded into the lure. If making a jerkbait with an internal weight transfer system, maybe need to get clever about how the pour is done and what will go inside. For now assume we are making a solid body spook or something.
- Wrap the mold back up and drill a hole in the top for the resin to be poured into.
- Pour a urethane resin into the mold. This video uses Feather Lite which is naturally floating, which sounds great for fishing lures. You can always add weight inside the body cavity as desired to make things sink.
- After the resin cures, demold it (mold is reusable).
- Paint the lure.
- Add a UV-resistant epoxy for clearcoat. This video uses Tarbender
- Add split rings and hooks.
Other useful equipment