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How to make artificial fishing bait for little to no $

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I will show you how to recycle a few common household items and make them into new eye-catching fishing lures.

I was thinking the other day about how much it costs to buy fishing lures, when I always lose or break them. I also thought it would be great if I could come up with a way to customize them somewhat and create a whole new, possibly better artificial bait. After some searching, I found that commercial molds and plastics are extremely costly. I was in dire need of an alternative. What I came up with works extremely well, and can be made for cheap using old lures for the plastic and a few recycled materials for the molds and injector.
 
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Step 1: Gathering materials

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First, you need to gather your materials. I used mostly things lying around my house and garage, with the glue gun being the only thing I actually bought. There are essentially 2 parts to this instructable, the injector for the heated plastic, and the actual mold.

Step 2: Materials for building the plastic injector

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To build the injector, which pushes the plastic into the mold, you will need to gather the following:
1. A hot melt glue gun. I got this from Dollar General Store for $3.00, and was the only thing I actually had to buy.
2. A small piece of copper pipe which acts as a plunger to push the plastic into the mold.
3. A cap from a plastic soda bottle. It is fastened onto the pipe to make it more comfortable to push, and to protect your hand from heat.
4. Car body putty (Bondo). I use this to hold the bottle cap to the pipe. I will also use it later for the molds.
5. Epoxy putty, you know, the stuff Bill Mays advertises on TV to hold stuff. This becomes the tip of the plunger and helps seal inside the glue gun element.
6. Vice grips to hold the heating element.

Tools: Hacksaw and Philips screwdriver
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kamhunter2 days ago

awesome!!!!

lilchumy2 months ago
Amazing, I am defiantly tryinmg
POVILLIC7 months ago

Fantastico! yuo are very big fisher man! ! ciao da Italia

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sonnyblu4211 months ago
Hello.. I don't understand what speciffic materials you used from PolyGel and how you used them... Can you please explain... Thanks...
cliffyd11 months ago
Like your ingenuity.
rimar20001 year ago
Very clever!
oking2 years ago
Why not that silicone rubber/cold mix stuff that I someone else on here had talked about making?

Silicone sealer, naptha, and coloring. Or something like that.

It was in how to make your own flexible frisbee thing.
zwilson23 years ago
Great idea, but you are working way too hard at it. Use your bondo to make your molds but sink the lure you are copying 7/8 into the bondo. Let it get hard and you have a mold. Make a bunch of them they are cheap. Heat your old torn, worn out, used worms etc in a cheap pan over an electric hot plate until the plastic turns to a liquid. Pour into the molds and let harden. No the worms will not be perfectly formed on the top but a fish will not notice. Think, how big is a fishes brain. Its only thoughts I suspect are am I hungry or mad at it and will it fit in my mouth. I have only been doing this for about the last forty years. Your use of bondo to make the molds is a great idea. I made mine out of liquid casting plastic.
theRIAA5 years ago
is that plastic safe for the fish?
if you're going to kill the fish anyways, does it matter?
Ever hear of catch and release?

But the main concern is that people lose lures, and nobody wants a toxic mixture of plastic and glue on the bottom of their river or lake.
Actually, IMHO, it does. If it is toxic for the fish, it is for us too by all odds. And fairly often the lures 'break' or get parts 'nibbled' off. So having non-toxic lures does make sense. If fishing was a 100% situation, where every lure was only consumed by a caught fish, and we do no catch and release, then other than the being toxic to us or other animals that eat them eventually, I could agree. It doesn't matter at that point..
Soft baits are made out of vinyl plastisol.  It melts at 325 F. It can be pour or injection molded.


www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastisol


www.jannsnetcraft.com/soft-plastic-lure-molds/044020000008.aspx 

www.barlowstackle.com/plastic-worm-molds.html

It can also be used for making recyclable molds for objects like plaster castings. 
ha, i know, i was just joking because it sounded like theRIAA was worried about the fish that was caught.... its kinda like how they use bismuth for duck hunting, i guess. not so you don't poison what you're shooting at, but so that what doesnt go to the duck doesn't end up poisoning you or other fish.
unexplained_3 (author)  theRIAA5 years ago
If you use recycled lures, they will be fine for the fish.
Phalates are nasty chemicals used to make plastic soft and all those gummy, squishy plastic things are just oozing, literally, with the stuff. Ever notice how there's a kind of greasy feeling on you fingers after handling fake bait or squishy toys? Well that's the phalates. I read about it as a dangerous chemical because it was being pulled from use in baby's toys (and if you'll google it you'll learn that it's apparently used in sex toys too =0). Nasty stuff for all of us, the fish that swallows it and us who swallow the fish.
What the article failed to say is the fish and or person will have to consume 15 to 20 tons of the phalates to be of any danger . Oxygen can dangerous to breath in certain conditions but can you live with out it ?
The FDA seems to disagree with Fred82664's estimate of what constitutes a dangerous dose. Baby chew toys (which contain phalates) weighing significantly less than "15 to 20 tons" have been banned. A quick search revealed a study where phalates were described as Antiandrogens which are often indicated to treat severe male sexual disorders. So feel free to handle and even suck on all the worm lures you can get your hands on just don't be surprised if your libido goes into hibernation.
considering the FDA is a part of the vary same government that has been so vary deceptive and all out lairs through out its exestanse. Proven by many history books any one can find in most major city or collage library. I would not put much investment on what the FDA has to say about any thing. As for the sexual disorders dude I been fishing for many years as well as my grate grand father using those same worms and well there has been no reduction in libido in none of my family tree.  I got 15 - 20 grate uncles and ants from his sperm and three of his misstates, From  my grand dad there was eight kids and had sex up words of four times a day. My father is still pumping some chick he is in his 70s now. As for me I still get it up and do vary well in the sack at 45 years old. so looks like the FDA is blowing out BS             
The defense rests.
The FDA does not recognize "safe dosages" of phthalates, but that is more of a bureaucratic convenience than a scientific opinion. The European Commission Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), however, considers that, even in the case when children bite off pieces from erasers and swallow them, it is unlikely that this exposure leads to health consequences. Phthalates are also found in medications, where they are used as inactive ingredients in producing enteric coatings. A recent study showed that exposures from phthalate containing medications can far exceed population levels from other sources. Not a single study has shown any positive correlation of phthalates with any health issues, including the antiandrogenic effects that you allude to.
Thank You vary much someone that dose see this as I do. lol thats a big switch to many other topics I have posted in . but oh well  Mr or Miss windfriend I do really THANK YOU !  for your support in this one 
Heh. "the defense rests" was too arrogant not to respond to.
I thought that it would be interesting to make my own window cling gel decorations and that this Instructable would help but after reading Al Terego's comment on phalates - I'm going to pass. Yikes! Very interesting project, thanks for the explanation
m3harri4 years ago
I think I will give this a shot and use some glowing phosphate pigments or maybe a led jig
m3harri4 years ago
When I was young (35+ Years ago) my dad made his own bait. He was able to buy all he really needed off the shelf at the bait shop. It nice to see someone still keeps up the art. "IF" i remember correctly he did not need to heat the plastic. It was some two part compound. He would just pour it in and wait.
m3harri4 years ago
When I was young (35+ Years ago) my dad made his own bait. He was able to buy all he really needed off the shelf at the bait shop. It nice to see someone still keeps up the art. "IF" i remember correctly he did not need to heat the plastic. It was some two part compound. He would just pour it in and wait.
Javin0074 years ago
I found this 'Ible because I'm an avid fisherman and was looking at various tips people have.  However, this method of creating molds for ANYTHING is brilliant.  I've never considered using Bondo as a mold agent.  How strong/reusable do the molds seem to be?  Is there any shrinkage over time?  Great 'Ible!
tlowe654 years ago
try putting salt in the plastic mix. I used to mold my own stick baits and the salt changes the way the plastic floats and it also gives it flavor which will make the fish hold on a couple seconds longer before they spit it out.  table salt will work but bigger grains are better.
skunkpunk5 years ago
Great job! I'll have to try that soon we have a bunch of lure rubber because my mom works for a lure manufacturer and get tons of scraps.
unexplained_3 (author)  skunkpunk5 years ago
I appreciate you looking at my instructable. I actually searched all over the internet looking for scraps like you mentioned. You are very lucky to be able to get things like that.
Can you use a cut up milk bottle?
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Yep and we've been trying to figure out how to do this for awhile.
unexplained_3 (author)  skunkpunk5 years ago
That's cool I like to do this but it hard finding scraps.
if only the two halves were in the top and bottom of an altoid tin they could be found together any time you wished to use them ,i love the instrucktable as is tho
Samuel H5 years ago
What company did you get the clear plastic from?
unexplained_3 (author)  Samuel H5 years ago
30 Leslie Court
Whippany, NJ 07981

P: (973) 884-8995
F: (973) 884-1331
www.polygel.com
That is where the plastic came from.  They sent something like a 5lbs brick.  Hope this helps,
Anthony
ZIGGYDAN5 years ago
this looks like a fantastic instructable, but i myself would be a bit cautious about pushing a metal pipe into any electrical device, if my glue gun had a faulty or defective element or was damaged from being dismantled then there could be a serious potential for electrocution, so when i make this i might substitute this for a more insulated plunger or perhaps some sort of composite material, this simple idea is perfect for a plastic extruder that i require to recydle plastic bags.
My dad tried making a rubber to dip his tool handles in (hammers, etc.) to have a grip. So he melted a bunch of rubber bait in the microwave, took out the jar, dropped it, and spilled it all over his hands. He had very bad burns. He was taking medicine for it without food and got a stomach ulcer. While in Mexico. How unfortunate. And funny.
clown965 years ago
wow!! That is real cool i ahve been trying to find a way to make my own lures. Me and my father went to gander mnt. and spent like $70 only on lures.
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