1/2 " Purple Shrimp Curly-Q
Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace*
Before you start, you will need to locate and prepare a suitable
workspace. Choose wisely, as you will likely spill supplies, release
noxious fumes, splatter plastic and use surfaces that can burn.
In other words, don't mold soft plastic fishing lures on your nice
dining room table next to your small children. :-)
Once you settle into your ventilated (the plastic smells!) workspace,
gather the necessary tools and materials and organize them on your
workbench. Lock the door to prevent any disturbances and wear your
Tools & Supplies:
Plastic Mold (MF Manufacturing, Mfg SKU#2724SCQ)
(or used soft plastics) (1 cup)
coloring (purple) (1 tsp)
glitter flakes (nonmetallic, silver) (1 pinch)
(preferably separate from your cooking microwave)
Safe Glass Measuring Cup (4 cup size or larger)
Pan (aluminum, large)
2: Prepare Your Mold
Set your soft plastic mold on a sturdy, heat resistant surface.
If you will be pouring multiple molds at a time, line up the molds
next to each other. Spray the mold cavities with a vegetable-based
cooking spray such as "PAM".
3: Heat Your Plastic
Pour your liquid plastic (Plastisol) into your glass measuring cup.
If you do not have liquid plastic, then simply clean some old soft
plastic lures and place them into the measuring cup. Do not to fill
the measuring cup more than halfway, as you will have difficulty
pouring the heated plastic.
the measuring cup w/ plastic into the microwave and heat it on high
for 3 1/2 to 5 minutes or until all of the plastic is in a smooth
liquid state. NOTE: The plastic will thicken and then thin during
the heating process. Stop heating immediately if plastic begins
to smoke (it smokes if the heat is too high or it is being heated
for too long). Do not overheat.
4: Add Color, Glitter & Scents Etc.
When the plastic is done heating, remove it from the microwave and
stir in a small amount of purple plastic coloring (1 drop at a time
until desired color is reached) and also add any additional nonmetal
glitter, scents or flavorings. (NOTE: DO NOT PUT METAL GLITTER
IN THE MICROWAVE - IT COULD START A FIRE OR RUIN YOUR MICROWAVE!)
Stir slowly. Place the plastic back in the microwave and heat on
high for an additional 30 seconds.
5: Pour Plastic Into Mold
Slowly pour the plastic into the mold cavities moving from
one end of the body to the other. This prevents air bubbles from
forming in the lure.
Fill the mold cavity as much as possible without overflowing. (It
will take a little practice before you will be able to judge when
the "overflow" point is.)
6: Cool and Remove
Wait for the plastic to fully cool in the mold (about 10 to 15 minutes).
When your newly poured lure has cooled, remove it and place it on
top of a flat paper towel. Be careful not to rest the lure in an
awkward position, as it will likely harden in that position and
become useless for fishing. Leave it overnight to fully cool.
7: Trim the Lure
After your soft plastics have fully cooled and are no longer sticky
to the touch, place them on an aluminum cookie sheet. Trim off any
excess plastic by rolling over it with a pizza cutter. Alternatively,
lures can be trimmed or detailed using a sharp pair of scissors.
Now that you know the basics, start playing around with multiple
colors, new shapes, and different scents and flavorings. To pour
a multicolored bait, simply heat two measuring cups of different-colored
plastic. Fill part of the mold with one color and follow-up immediately
with the other color to finish it off.
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