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How to Pour Your Own Worms
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STEP 1 - Assemble Your Supplies

Before you start, you'll need to get together all the supplies you'll need for your project and find a workspace with adequate ventilation. We recommend the following supplies:

M-F Worm Mold
Liquid Plastic
Plastic Color

Small aluminum pan w/ pouring spout
Hot plate (kitchen stove will also work)

STEP 2 - Heat the Plastic

Shake your liquid plastic well and pour an appropriate amount into your pan (1 oz will make approximately six - 6 inch worms). Do not overfill your pan, as that will make pouring difficult.

Heat slowly until the Liquid Plastic thickens and turns clear (approximately 350 degree F). Stir frequently.

Continue heating until the Liquid Plastic reaches pouring consistency which will be clear and thin - similar to white syrup. Avoid oveheating, as that will scorch the plastic and release additional unwanted fumes.

To vary the toughness of the plastic, add M-F Plastic Hardener or M-F Plastic Softener (see labels for instructions).

STEP 3 - Add Color to Your Plastic

Choose an appropriate M-F Plastic Color for your custom worms. Add the color to the Liquid Plastic until you obtain the desired shade. Stir well. (NOTE: 1 ounce of color is sufficient to color one gallon of plastic.)

For best results when using fluorescent colors, add them to the Liquid Plastic before heating.

Colors may be mixed to create your own unique color.

M-F Glitter may also be added at this point.


STEP 4 - Pour Your Worms

Pour your Liquid Plastic into one of your M-F Molds. Fill the mold cavity until it almost crowns over. (Wipe off any excess plastic from lip of pan before reheating to prevent contact with burners which causes excessive smoking.)

When making two-color worms, pour in the first color and immediately follow with the second color. This will assure a good bond to the first first color.

Old worms and any unused plastic may be remelted, colored and used again. Worms made from M-F Plastic work best but other brands may also be used.


STEP 5 - Remove from Mold

Allow your worms to cool in the mold for three minutes.

Remove the worms and place them in shallow pan of cool water to finish cooling or lay them out straight on a counter top.

If you place the worms in water to cool, allow them to dry before bagging.


STEP 6 - Add Worm Oil

Applying M-F Worm Oil to your finished worms will prevent them from clinging to each other in the package. (Hint: the Anise scented worm oil is a proven fish attractor!)

*Always wear safety goggles and follow instructions provided by the manufacturer or supplier of the tools and components you are using. TackleMaking is not responsible for any damage (personal, property, or otherwise) that results from reading, following, or referencing this article and/or performing the actions described within it.
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