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famhubbard
11-15-2007, 06:23 PM
i am thinking about starting to make my own lures is there any tips or anything i should know any advice is appreciated

crazyjohnsmojos
11-16-2007, 10:38 PM
what type of lures are you making. mojos/ bucktails/ parachute rigs are pretty easy to make.

PlaynHooky
11-18-2007, 09:45 PM
All the above.....and maybe some sea witch style lures as well.....What is a good starting set up???

Darren
11-19-2007, 09:14 AM
Looks like you are dealing with all lead type lures. First couple of things you will need is a mold and a pouring pot.

For molds, Do-It has a good line http://www.do-itmolds.com/category2.aspx?c=10&gclid=CKCirbOE6Y8CFQJjHgod8T-yXw. Also Hilts has a good line of molds. Hilts Molds: quality fishing tackle making products. (http://www.hiltsmolds.com/). That will cover most lures you want, except mojos. For those you'll have to go to a custom fabricator like Sean Collins, Collins Customs - Custom Mold Products (http://shawncollinscustoms.com/). He normally has some molds for sale at Troy Marine and will be at the local fishing shows.

Depending on the lure or sinker you'll need hooks, sinker eyes, or swivels. The mold will specify what brand and size it will fit.

Now that you have a mold, you'll need something to melt your lead with. Depending on what you want to pour and how much you want to pour you have some different options. Probably the most popular and easiest one is a Lee Melting pot.
http://i12.ebayimg.com/05/i/06/6f/32/ef_1.JPG This one comes with a bottom pour so you can just slide the mold under it and lift the handle. It works wll for smaller items but as it comes you're limited on how big a lure you can pour due to the small diameter size of the pour hole. Stock, you can probably pour something up to 8 or 10 ozs. I drilled out my pour nozzle so I can pour any size I want to. Also, some of the larger, like mojo, molds that Sean Collins makes will not fit under the pot. I got around this by raising the height of the pour pot using all thread for legs.

Another option is to use a gas burner, like you the with a turkey frier, a cast iron pot and a pouring ladel.
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If you go this route make sure the burner you get has an adjustable regulator. The preset ones won't get hot enough. Lowes used to sale a kit that came with the burner (adjustable regulator), turkey frying pot, and a cast iron kettle. Northern Tools sales the cast iron kettles. With this set up you can melt down around 200 lbs of lead per pot, and pouring with a ladel, you can pour any size you want.

Now we are almost there on the pouring side of lure making. You'll want a set of welders gloves for handeling the molds, ladel and hot lead.

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Any local hardware store will have a pair for around $8.

You'll also need something to cut the sprues of your newly poured lures. Depending on the size I use dikes or blunt ended tile nibbers.

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If you want me to get into the finishing part for painting and tieing, let me know.

PlaynHooky
11-19-2007, 11:01 PM
Darren,
Thanks man.....thats better than what I expected...I have been painting and re-styling my lures for a little while now and have been thinking about starting to make my own larger striper lures.....Thanks for all the valuable input!

Robert

bigmouth
12-09-2007, 07:58 AM
Im makin couple hundrt fether jigs this winter.

bigmouth
12-09-2007, 12:31 PM
I have the lee pouring pot . my question is does anybody know a place to get good jig pouring lead ??

Darren
12-09-2007, 01:29 PM
I buy all mine from recycling centers. Depending on what it is will tell yuo what it will be good for. Shower pan liners, lead pipe and sheets from medical facilities all are good, pure lead. If you have a pot that gets hot enough you can cook out most of the impurities. A Lee pot won't get that hot. Also, don't boil the lead, the fumes you get when boiling are very toxic. Usually you'll get a gold sheen over the top right before the lead starts bubbeling.

Two other things. Most Do-It mold sprue holes are on the small side and make them extra hard to pour, so I bore them out a little on a drill press. Same thing goes with the Lee lead pot. It's pour spout is a little small for anything over a couple of onces, so I bore those out also.

bigmouth
12-09-2007, 03:57 PM
thanx I will keep that in mind im sorting throu my stuff and found some lead but may need more. dont think i will need to bore holes i do mostly small lures like fether jigs and 2/0 bucktails thats the stuff I ran out of .got 1000's of darts and jigheads .

Charlie S
03-18-2008, 11:11 PM
I can't believe that the terrific answers with all the details make no reference at all to proper breathing protection and good ventilation for the area in which you are pouring!!!!! Pouring lead, even small amounts, is a very dangerous process. Make sure you are well protected.