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#1 Highpockets

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:10 PM

Because of all the nice comments I received on my recent scale pattern, and because I learned everything I know about plug building off this forum, I thought it is only fair to give a little back. As I stated before, I got the basic idea for these off a thread on Tackleunderground, then figured out how to do it. With a little practice they are pretty fun to do.
Step 1> Make a stencil. I used some plastic sheets that used to be used for overhead projectors (if you remember those!). I made a row of holes with a hole cutter.

Step 2> base coat your plug. On this I used Auto Air Aluminum base, but pick your own color.

Step 3> The key to getting a 3D effect is to put down some black. Here I uses AA Transparent black. I also added some gills so I knew where to start my scales.
Step 4> Place your stencil and start painting. I like Tamaya paints for this because you can thin them with isopropanol and they dry almost instantly. Here I an using white so they show up well. Paint only half of the circle. Remove the stencil and dry with a blow dryer.
Step 5> Off set the stencil and paint the next row until you do the entire side. Repaet on the other side.
Step 6 > When you finish both sides, go back and fill in any gaps and dress them up a bit as needed. Here, I painted some small scales on the head, darkened the back with some black, and touched up around the gills and eyes.
Step 7> On this plug I sprayed some candy purple and blue on it just for fun.
Step 8> Don't forget to Sign or Mark it.

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:16 PM

Part 2> I sprayed some clear on the candy just to give you an idea how it will look when e-texed

Greenford, Have that cousin of yours in Nigeria PM me about the $55 mil for showing you how to do this!!

Enjoy Everyone. I look forward to seeing your new scaled plugs...

#3 MrTeek

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:16 PM

Amazing tutorial, I went bonkers trying to figure out how you did your pattern. Can't wait to try this out

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:19 PM

Highpockets; Thanks for posting this. Very nice


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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:33 PM

nice work!!

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:40 PM

Had a feeling ya did it that way, but none the less, excellent job for sharing.
ohh and I'm In..sweet plug

PS Tim S, Maybe an award for a good idea of the month award, perhaps a gift certificate to the online store??
If so I nominate this 1!

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:50 PM

Nicely done, Thank you for sharing your technique with all of us.

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:52 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the step by step.

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Posted February 06 2010 - 2:53 PM

I loved that scale ..thanks for sharing ..great job on tutorial

I'm glad the sharring continues

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Posted February 06 2010 - 3:12 PM

Awesome high pockets, Thanks for sharing.

Hook'um Hard!!!!

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Posted February 06 2010 - 3:23 PM


It's a lot easier than I thought it might be, time consuming never the less I'm sure.

Nice job and thanks for sharing the ideas.


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Posted February 06 2010 - 3:31 PM

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Posted February 06 2010 - 3:43 PM

Awesome work and awesome scaling. Your pattern was definitely out of the box and unique. Thank you for sharing!

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Posted February 06 2010 - 4:30 PM

You are friggin good.... Thanks for the tips... I'll have to try this out on my pencils for spring in squid colors...

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Posted February 06 2010 - 4:34 PM

Probably a better scale than using lace etc.

Went to see the whatfixer.