supplies for making your own lures
To Pour Your Soft Plastic Lures
1. Material & Equipment - Material: Mold (worm mold in illustration),
liquid plastic and plastic color. Equipment: Small aluminum pan,
spoon and hot plate or kitchen stove (gas or electric). Pan should
have a pouring spout which may be formed by simply bending with
pliers. Some people report using glass measuring cups and heating
in a microwave.
- Pour plastic into pan (1 oz. will
make approximately six - 6 inch worms). Excessive filling
of pan will make pouring difficult. Heat slowly until liquid
thickens and turns clear (approximately 350 degrees F). Stir
frequently. Continue heating until liquid reaches pouring consistency
which will be clear and thin about like white syrup. Avoid
overheating which will scorch the plastic.
Add Color - Add
color to obtain desired shade. Stir well, 1 oz. is sufficient
to color one gallon of plastic. For best results when using fluorescent
colors, add to liquid plastic before heating. Colors may be mixed
to obtain your own desired color. M-F glitter may also be added
at this point.
4. Pour Worms - Pour plastic into mold. Fill
cavity full until it almost crowns over. Wipe plastic from lip
of pan before reheating to prevent contract with burners which
causes excessive smoking. When making two-color worms, the second
color should be poured as quickly as possible to assure a good
bond to the first. Old worms and any unused plastic may be remelted,
colored and used again. (You can only make a new color that his
darker than the ones you remelted.)
Remove From Mold - Allow worm to cool in mold for three minutes.
Remove and place in shallow pan of water to finish cooling or
lay out straight on counter top. If placed in water, allow
to dry before bagging.
Worm Oil - Application
of M-F worm oil to finished worms will prevent worms from clinging
to each other. The anise scent is a proven fish attractor!
To vary the toughness of
the plastic, M-F Plastic hardener or M-F Plastic softener may
be added. Complete directions are on the label.
| Molds | Colors
| Glitter | Scents
to rig soft plastic worms