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Soft Plastic Bait Making => Photo Gallery => Topic started by: DobynsTriton on 04/21/19 00:14 UTC

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Post by: DobynsTriton on 04/21/19 00:14 UTC
proto type color
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Post by: WALLEYE WACKER on 04/21/19 05:27 UTC
That should do the job.
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Post by: Lines on 04/21/19 06:12 UTC
You posted before that you were leaning towards more natural colors. With this round, you have definitely reached your goal. Outstanding job Dobynstriton! The Swimbait Swami. The Paddletail Pundent.  :D
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Post by: basscatlildave on 04/21/19 08:35 UTC
Gorgeous work.  Looks like it needs to be moved to top shelf.
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Post by: DobynsTriton on 04/21/19 14:57 UTC
thanks guys!I appreciate it
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Post by: DobynsTriton on 04/21/19 14:58 UTC
You posted before that you were leaning towards more natural colors. With this round, you have definitely reached your goal. Outstanding job Dobynstriton! The Swimbait Swami. The Paddletail Pundent.  :D
Thanks! it still amazes me how much i can accomplish with very little colorant and still get a good representation
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Post by: Lines on 04/21/19 19:05 UTC
No joke. It amazes me too. Gives me some good ideas to try. I bought some different hiltes to see what can be done.
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Post by: ctom on 04/21/19 19:19 UTC
You've done some super nice work of late Dob. I like the natural colors myself and try to get some realism in what I do with plastics too, especially walleye plastics. I'm really liking the air brushing as a component to the soft plastic too. Its amazing what an air brush will allow one to achieve.
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Post by: DobynsTriton on 04/21/19 19:28 UTC
You've done some super nice work of late Dob. I like the natural colors myself and try to get some realism in what I do with plastics too, especially walleye plastics. I'm really liking the air brushing as a component to the soft plastic too. Its amazing what an air brush will allow one to achieve.
thanks buddy! the air brush in certain cases seems to really put a look to the bait that cant come out of a cup detail wise. vertical bars for example would be one of those things its subtle but looks ment to be there
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Post by: ctom on 04/21/19 19:56 UTC
The air brush can be used with any medium for a stencil. I found a package of 4/0 steel wool in the garage that I forgot I had and they'll be my next "stencil" to get the mottled appearance like I have on my crappie baits. Just going to pull the steel wool apart a bit to get the randomness I want and have at it. I think it'll do great. Carole had a mess of 5" embroidery hoops she was going to toss and I snatched them up to use for holding scale netting and other trick things for making patterns

I have a black soft plastic shad body I cast in a Do-It lead mold that's been waiting for some air brush time and hopefully that will arrive later this week.
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Post by: DobynsTriton on 04/21/19 20:15 UTC
The air brush can be used with any medium for a stencil. I found a package of 4/0 steel wool in the garage that I forgot I had and they'll be my next "stencil" to get the mottled appearance like I have on my crappie baits. Just going to pull the steel wool apart a bit to get the randomness I want and have at it. I think it'll do great. Carole had a mess of 5" embroidery hoops she was going to toss and I snatched them up to use for holding scale netting and other trick things for making patterns

I have a black soft plastic shad body I cast in a Do-It lead mold that's been waiting for some air brush time and hopefully that will arrive later this week.
ill have to try something like that. i been using hair holder things women use to pin their hair for my bars. a comb is too tight together but the pins and tha gaps in it make it work best
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Post by: ctom on 04/21/19 20:30 UTC
For the vertical bars I use combs. Some I take every other tooth out, some I leave as is. I have about a dozen of them/ You're working with much larger baits than I do so I'd imagine finding or altering something to fit your needs might get challenging. I think improvising to get your needs met is one of the most interesting aspects of air brushing, but I'm having a riot with creating colors that I use on these small crankbaits. Those small embroidery hoops are spot on handy. I'm a huge proponent of improvisation.

The smallest of these crankbaits at 7/10" are getting noticed by women who want me to make ear rings out of them for Pete's sake. One woman asked me to cut the bill and hook hangers off, then do the artsy stuff with the air brush. I won't say what she's willing to pay for a couple pairs of these but there maybe a new market in my future....lol
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Post by: ctom on 04/21/19 20:57 UTC
I don't know if you'll find this helpful Dobs, but this is what I use to mottle the sides on the crappie and pumpkinseed cranks. Its a 4" embroidery hoop that has a piece of choreboy pot scrubber unrolled and cut off  sandwiched in it. The choreboy unrolled like this is actually a mesh tube. I've opened the tube up and inserted some florist's moss, then clamped the hoop closed. Where the paint is focused is where the body of the moss is found. I clamp a hook hangar on a crank in an old fly vice and lay the screen up against the side of the bait just as its seen here and shoot my color thru, then just turn the vice and repeat. Random, but near identical.

I have a bunch of these hoops with various other elements held ready for spraying. I'm not sure how you would apply this idea but its handier than heck for me.

(https://i.imgur.com/suNZcPf.jpg)
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Post by: ctom on 04/23/19 19:17 UTC
thanks buddy! the air brush in certain cases seems to really put a look to the bait that cant come out of a cup detail wise.

You sort of beat me to the airbrush on soft plastic. I've been held up a bit of late and finally got to play with some paint on plastic. Many have seen the bold look that color shifting pigments give black plastic when brushed on as a dry pigment. Here's an example of the real beauty that color shifting pearls can add to a soft plastic when applied over a solid black in a clear top coat. The color of pigment used here is Delta, one that Kyle knows quite a bit about. Its a simple two color shift from blue to purple with the purple being the hardest color to capture. Just a few minutes ago the sunlight was just right and the purple jumped right out of these. I think you can get an idea here of how nice this stuff can be and how much it can change the outcome of a bait when its applied as I have here with the airbrush.

Self adhesive backed eyes will NOT stick to the acrylic applied over the soft plastic unless they're glued as well. I have no idea what the difference is as I apply them over the same acrylic on hard baits with not issues at all and on plain soft plastic with no issues. Not so on these baits but I think it may be the stickum on the eyes here.

Some day when I have some extra hands I'll get a video done of this stuff shifting colors after being applied with the airbrush. Its uncanny and as Dobs has alluded to the application can create such subtle beauty its just hard to imagine that the baits are in fact hand made.

(https://i.imgur.com/6AlT5j0.jpg)
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Post by: WALLEYE WACKER on 04/23/19 23:22 UTC
Very nice Tom
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Post by: billygee on 04/24/19 13:06 UTC
Tom

All those baits awesome

Interested in applying airbrush tweeks to some soft bait I have
Now what are you using in the airbrush to acquire results that ?

billygee
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Post by: ctom on 04/24/19 16:02 UTC
I just mixed the color shifting pigment into clear Createx Top coat, thinned it with reducer to almost water-like consistency then very lightly applies three thin coats to the black backs. I gave a couple seconds of dry time between the coats then hung the baits to dry completely for 24 hours. I set the rack with the plastics in a very dry, dehumidified room to dry them. Once dry I gave them the clear plastic cover dip.
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Post by: ctom on 04/24/19 16:28 UTC
Here's a picture showing the bait rack with a couple of the baits hanging. These have not been sprayed yet and just help show how I hang them. You can see the wire hangers I make by cutting large paper clips off. The long end simply slips into the nose end of the bait. I hold the wire to spray them and the baits stay fairly straight while handling them plus it helps keep paint off the fingers.

I use the other half, the smaller half, of the paper clips to use as hard bait hangers for doing the crank baits with the air brush. I just trim the remainder so there's two hooks, one longer that gets the crankbait while the short hook goes on the rods of the hanger. Works darned slick and two bucks for those larger clips makes a hundred or more.

(https://i.imgur.com/HYuD482.jpg)
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Post by: billygee on 04/24/19 17:10 UTC
Tom

Guess shifting pigment mix was my question
Is that do-its hyper hilites your referring to ?

billygee
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Post by: ctom on 04/24/19 18:35 UTC
No. The pigments I use are for automotive paints and fingernail polish. The hi lites can used as I described though.

Billy, so we don't further hijack Dob's thread open a new one where we can chat without taking away from his baits.
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Post by: ctom on 04/25/19 09:15 UTC
BillyGee I sent you a PM.
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Post by: billygee on 04/25/19 13:19 UTC
Tom & Dobyns Triton

Just read the post
Got the PM an apologize for the hijacking

past couple days had a lot going on the to-do list 
playing catch now and was about to post a thread
see ctom beat me to it

billygee
 
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Post by: ctom on 04/25/19 15:24 UTC
Dobs makes some amazing baits. Most recently those using an airbrush to get his unique effects  came along about the time I was going to show some stuff done using an airbrush on soft plastics so I tossed my picture in to show it can be done. I'm the one who should be apologizing for the hijack.

I don't know how Dobs does it but he creates some super clean baits with amazing three and even four color formats.

I'm loving the air brush on both hard baits and most recently on some soft plastics, but I can't compete with Dob. I own the hijack so please accept my apologizes dobynstriton.