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On 1/21/2023 at 2:05 PM, Sir Defyable said:

Not exactly- the perch and the two matching “bloody” patterns are from the first batch made from a mold I had tweaked from some prototypes that only produced small batches- it’s now a through wire design and the body is a little shallower, but same lip and width. I starting throwing them heavily as they caught really well and then I had 2000 made in the first bulk run and they have proven to be very good based on all of my field testers giving feedback and sending pictures:

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 If you were lucky enough to run into me out in the wild on a given night, chances are I handed over a few freebies just to let folks try them out. I would throw a whole bunch of extras into my bag just to give away if I had the chance:11C10D77-3C44-4A4A-B8B3-88CB738CBED4.jpeg.811dc9661cf563d5723bc3810472ec41.jpeg


There was even a midnight fluke bite during a full moon with snapper blues aplenty and these plugs crushed the flat fish, keeper sized too!

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The other plugs (like the snakeskin plug) are more complicated. I was going for an “improved redfin” design but haven’t gotten a through wire mold dialed in yet. Even though the first plug from the first batch I made caught a fish on literally the first ever cast, the plug got destroyed by the third or fourth fish:

 

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So I started beefing up the hardware by splitting the plugs back open and running some heavy 316L before re-assembling and finishing them:


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And that worked very well with the yellow one catching me one of my better fish from the past year:

 

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but the next phase was to move the hook hangar forward, and use a bending jig to get consistent weight distribution and swimming.  I gave up the tail hangar in favor of a dummy ring I could use for a counter weight or flag depending on where I was fishing. The plugs also had a specific amount of UV resin injected to not only make the plug body and wire hard as a rock, but to further tweak the casting performance:

 

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One of the basic blurple plugs that resulted from those additional tweaks:

 

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Finally we get to the “snakeskin” plug, which is a manually widened version of the same plug. The three on the left are the original width and the right-most plug is the “wide body” version with about 4.5mm difference in width:


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So I may end up pursuing a mold for both the standard width and the wide version, and I found they can utilize the same internal hardware which should make it easier to get a bulk batch going for both. Right now it’s a ton of manual work to get these plugs to their final form. I even made a few with belly swivels but I’ll stick with the options I have for the time being.

That blurple looks amazing. I need to run into you so I change my hands on one of those lol

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Posted (edited)

CCW rainbow. Bills rainbow is top tier and the best imo. 

Happy and grateful to own this 

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2 hours ago, Googs said:

CCW rainbow. Bills rainbow is top tier and the best imo. 

Happy and grateful to own this 

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That pink really sets it apart

 

I bet that’d be a killer cape pattern

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On 1/18/2023 at 6:44 PM, Sir Defyable said:

The squid is airbrushed, and in general it isn’t a very long process but depends a lot on the complexity and number of paint layers. I would say the squid took about 45 minutes of actual painting with some drying time in between, and that’s about as long as it would ever take mostly due to being such a big plug. 

Even patterns with several layers such as these perch patterns I did as stocking stuffers around Xmas only took about 10-15 minutes each, made easier by having stencils made in advance.

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A simple (Three-ish layer) paint scheme even when using a pattern stencil may only take ten minutes for a pair of identical plugs if I can do them both at the same time without changing paints in the gun for each plug. That would be true for the plugs shown below:

 

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Now it gets more complicated with other types of patterns that either don’t use airbrushing at all or a combination approach- for example the Polaris popper is only painted black for a base coat and the colors come from a solvent-based ink added to the epoxy in a series of “droppers” and then mixed using a combination of heat and gravity to “steer” the colors back and forth. This is what the colors look like when first applied by dropper (silver, blue and pink):1D91E0D5-D2A5-46E7-AE19-B34DEB216752.jpeg.e118e69221e2bd8ebf4b6bd97fe77e4b.jpeg

And another example of such a paint scheme would be the bottom plug here:BB297544-3D5D-4C88-8B51-1AD7E3EBE91D.jpeg.f89cbe1f83cc18116d0d01a397f9f7ac.jpeg

 

So when you combine coloring the epoxy directly with layers of airbrushing, you can achieve some nifty effects especially using color-shift flake in the epoxy. This plug shifts between purple and gold in the base color, with some black/silver airbrushed patterns laid over the top to give a bit of a “snake skin” pattern that changes color depending on the angle of the light:

 

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Can I buy,trade , beg , borrow, rent or steal a few of those  ? 

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