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Some New Color Chatterbaits I am Working On

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Thank you!

The Table Rock shad pattern is just regular silicone material sold by Stamina, Janns, etc. The Chart Blue shad pattern is Living Image skirting material which is a little hard to find...fishingskirts.com is where I got mine.

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Very nice work. Do you paint eyes on your jigs? I'm working on a system to eye dot lures and I can share it here when I have it down.

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bassn1 - Paint is Createx paint that is airbrushed on with DN clear coat

hydro - I don't put eyes on these jigs but I am open to seeing any new process

Here is one I did yesterday for a customer - Green Shad

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A cheap airbrush set is not that expensive at all... Depending on how much you want to get into it, I think you can spend less than $50... Or for a really nice 2 stage, and a nice compreser you can drop some coin...

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hydro...i read about a way to do the inner dots on the eyes a long time ago in one of the fishing books laying around my house

you take the tip of a wooden match head and dip it in the paint and use that to make small dots

i have never done it myself because i dont make lures...but it seems like a very reasonable way to do them without slobbering all over the place

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Do you buy the jigs blank? Im interested in getting into this but dont have much of a clue on where to get started.

You can get unpainted jig heads from quite a few places. Saves you from dealing with the lead... Staminainc is a great company to deal with.

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Here is what I have found works well for making eyes. You will need a couple sizes of plain old nails, one for the large white background and a small one for the black eye dot. Cut the nails off square and file the end flat. Next, buy some sheet foam (about 1/8" thick) at the craft store, cut out small pieces and superglue them to the flat end of the nails. I then thake them to a high speed grinder and gently roll them to round off the foam. Gentle is important to avoid ripping the foam off of the nail.

Once the "dotters" are done, just dip them in paint (Testors model paint works well) and gently apply to the jig. They make a nice, round, controllable dot. Cleanup is just wiping them off on a rag, and making new dotters as the wear out!

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How about the stick one eyes? Has anyone had any luck with those? I have used glass eyes on hard baits before and really think they look nice. I have only used them on topwaters though.

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Stick on eyes are cool, as long as you have a mold that can except them, they don't fair to well with out recesses and epoxy over the top to protect em. I prefer this jig for an all around jig, recessed area for 3d eyes, just epoxy over them and they never come off!!

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The poison tale jigs excepts the same eyes, a 30 degree hook, people often use it for a flipping jig. It is one of the few molds I don't have. I had one in my cart at Cabelas but was way over my gift cards so had to put it back cry

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