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butla25
02-15-2010, 11:16 AM
was thinking about pouring my own jigs this year. I have been doing research but still dont quite understand the process. Are there no molds made for the above size tubes? also, do you buy the plastic in the color you want or buy the color to pour into the plastic? Probably some dumb questions but any info would greatly help. Thanks

guest01
02-15-2010, 12:08 PM
there are no molds for small tubes like that. plastic is clear then you must add pigment to get your color

crappieseeker
02-15-2010, 05:32 PM
there is a huge demand for tubes in that size and I am sure someone will soon have a mold of that size on the market. Like crappieday said though, right now there is not any. One guy says he has some made but is trying to get stock up before selling them. However as crappieday warned me, he has not been a man of his word.

butla25
02-15-2010, 11:17 PM
thanks for the responses. you would think that someone would have a mold out by now. Hopefully soon. thanks for the info.

magnum500
02-16-2010, 06:36 PM
When you say TUBES do mean hollow bodies or solid bodies? Some people consider both of them TUBES.

butla25
02-17-2010, 08:20 AM
i actually meant either/or. What does everyone call the solid bodies?

PBUG2009
02-17-2010, 10:14 AM
id like to have a couple thousand solid black, hollow tube jigs. in both sizes 1-1/2 and 2 inch

magnum500
02-17-2010, 03:08 PM
The reason I asked is the jig bodies that I make are 2 inches long. They are solid body jigs. A lot of people like the hollow tubes so they can inject nibbles in them. I like the solid bodies because for me they last longer.

JSC
02-17-2010, 08:14 PM
To make a hollow Tube ... most are "Dipped"

For a good Tutorial go to Tackle Underground and serch for Bojon ... he has an excellent CD ... worth every cent he charges and he is glad to answer any questions you have on dipping tubes ... could go over all the many things but I think if you get a copy of that CD will answer them ...

Hope that helps.

JSC

crappieseeker
02-17-2010, 09:03 PM
Bojohn actually gave me a complete tutorial through emails, which I really appreciate cause he did if free of charge. crappieday gave a tutorial on here free of charge as well and appreciate all the help from everyone. I finally made me some dipping rods and took a picture of a few of them. I also made me a lizard mold out of plaster of paris. The pic did not turn out great but you can see that it looks pretty decent for a first mold. I received my order of plastic and colors, now I have to get a microwave and hope for a warmer and rain free day so I can get out and play with it "safety first"

bwillaub
02-18-2010, 12:38 AM
Lizard looks good. Be sure to let us know the results.

butla25
02-18-2010, 09:29 AM
magnum500,
how do you pour the solid bodies?

Crappieseeker,
what are your dipping rods tipped with?

crappieseeker
02-18-2010, 09:53 AM
Thanks bwill. Butla25, Bojohn told me about the aluminum rods, that is what he uses. I found some at Hobby Lobby and just cut them to size. They have indiviadual width packs of rods or they have scrap packs of different sized pieces. I think I got 4 one foot sections of aluminum rod for a little over 2 dollars. Then just tipped the bent end of the hangers with them.

brushnjigs
02-18-2010, 10:04 AM
Unless Im reading the site incorrectly, bears baits has the 1 3/4", 2", 2 1/4" tube mold

crappieseeker
02-18-2010, 10:29 AM
brushnjigs, I spoke with Bear last night and the way he explained to me is that the 1 3/4" is the body length itself, not including the skirt added. Once you add the skirt it would make it longer. I think you have to use a skirt mandrel in order to use the nose insert, if not then you could just pour a 1 3/4" and then cut the tails. If you have to use the skirt mandrel to be able to use the nose insert then it would not work. Bear said he probably would not be doing tube molds in that small of sizes because the cost of producing that mold is tremendous.

brushnjigs
02-18-2010, 10:52 AM
Thank you for clearing that up, I was thinking that was the total size. Dave is a great guy to do business with. Im sure having one cnc cut would be a difficult project, it would be a nightmare just for the cad files.

magnum500
02-18-2010, 01:26 PM
magnum500,
how do you pour the solid bodies?

Crappieseeker,
what are your dipping rods tipped with?


My solid bodies are made in a two piece injection mold. I make 25 bodies per injection.

crappieseeker
02-18-2010, 04:11 PM
If one did not want to dip he might could use the smallest mold and then cut the tubes down to size and reheat the leftovers, the only benefit to that is not having to cut the tail though.

magnum500
02-18-2010, 05:05 PM
With the jigs that I make if I want it shorter than 2 inches I cut the body and leave the tail full. The fact that they are solid means you can make them any length you want and keep it on the hook.

crappieseeker
02-18-2010, 06:18 PM
magnum do you have one of those tube molds?

butla25
02-18-2010, 07:57 PM
thanks everyone for the responses. they have been very helpful. Hopefully i can get the needed supplies soon and have trial run.