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How To Make Soft Plastic Lures

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How To Make Soft Plastic Lures Photograph by Mark Watanabe

So you want to pour your own soft plastics, huh? Then this is where you need stay for the duration. So start off lets go over what you will need, (ya, I am jumping right into it so hold on yall)

Materials List:

  1. Plaster of paris or POP is found at all hardware stores a 7lb bag goes for like $4 bucks.
  2. Cheap glad-lock type containers.
  3. Plexiglas or same type of substance for your base.
  4. Super glue
  5. Elmer’s glue all
  6. Small files or dentist picks
  7. Plastic
  8. Pyrex cup
  9. Pot holder
  10. Metal spoon

Okay you have all of this right good! Now we are going to make jerk baits. Go ahead and look at the bait, see the flat side, which is going to get glued to the Plexiglas or whatever you have based.

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Go ahead while that is going on and take some of the POP and mix it with water, you are looking for a pancake batter consistency.

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Know take the storage container and cut the bottom off, then place it with the lip onto the base. You could glue it down but there is no real need as long as you keep things tight.

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Time to pour the POP start slow and spread the POP onto the baits making sure the POP has no bubbles. You are looking for at least ¾ to 1 inch of plaster over the baits thick for strength or it will crack during DE molding.

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Go ahead and let it dry till nice and hard. I usually do this at night before I go to bed so that way when I get up I can keep on rolling.

Now carefully pull the base off the POP, take your time and don’t force anything. If you break the mold cause of sticking, when you make another mold go ahead and through some non-stick spray onto the base it will help. But if it comes off clean and the baits are still in the mold, take your time and pop the baits out.

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Go ahead and clean up the mold by using an old knife or file and round the edges of the mold to just clean it up a little.

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Know set your oven in the kitchen to 275 degrees….yes your kitchen oven, we need to suck out the moisture in the mold to help seal the mold. Take your mold and put it on the rack and bake for an hour.

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After baking, take the mold out and let cool check it often cause if you see moisture collecting on the mold it’s got to go back in for 10 to 15 min spurts.

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After the mold cools, take the Elmer’s glue and add water, you are looking for a 50/50 to 60/40 glue to water ratio. Then pour the mix into the cavities.  Go ahead and mix things around a little covering the whole mold while you are at it. Oh, do this over a paper plate so you can pour the excess back into the bottle. Know turn the mold over  and let drain for a few minutes, then let dry facing right side up wicking puddles of glue with whatever you’ve got.

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Do about 3 coats of this, it is needed because POP is very porous which creates bubbles in the plastic and doesn’t allow the plastic to be shiny and we all like shiny things.

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With that I will say this it is a joy to do when the weather is cold, and you can’t fish, you can get ready to fish.

Have fun and tight lines.

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