Tools Required, a better
list/discussion is on our free lure forum.
Pliers (Round Nosed) Knipex Pliers work Well, avail @crawfordtool.com
Wire cutters Knipex rod cutters work well for this also.
5/32 or 1/8 extended bit with battery drill recommended.
Additional items required:
Sealer-See our lure forum for good sealers
Paint- See our lure forum for good paints.
30 minute Epoxy/Finish- See below for recommendations.
Hooks/Split Rings-We have these on the
||Using 5 minute epoxy apply to the
belly weight and install into hole on bottom of lure-use hole that is
Leave lure upside down until dry. You can use the back of the lure wire
to mix the epoxy on a post-it note, a dime size area of part a and part
b is usually sufficient to glue one lure weight. I like to use a piece
of wire to got a glob on the end and roll it inside the weight area then
put a small amount on any belly weights installed. Try not to use too
much but make sure it's fully covered. If you use too much you will make
it harder to open up the center hole again. Optionally fill belly
hole with wood putty after weight is glued in and sand flush if
||If necessary, lightly
sand lure with fine grit sandpaper to a maximum of 220 grit.
||Using an extended length 5/32"
drill bit and very low speed, carefully drill the through-wire hole
through the lead weights previously installed. Be very careful here and
go slow so as not to let the lure go out of control and result in
injury. Recommend you drill from the nose end especially if there is a
tail weight in the back. Each lure is proof tested to make sure the wire
will get through the swivel in the center.
||It is highly
recommended you seal the lure against water penetration to prevent the
lure from splitting if it absorbs water.
This can be done with simple
Shellac or a 60/40 mix of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits.
Observe caution and proper disposal of any rags used. Allow to dry fully
before proceeding further.
||Prime and paint lure,
several options exist-AC Moore has Anita craft paints available
inexpensively and these can be used with a small brush. This is a good
choice if the lures are to be made by children.
Alternately the lure can
be be painted with spray paint available from any hardware store.
Testors model paint has some great little rattle cans of pearl colors
and model car paints which will work well.
primer is a good choice to prep the lure for paint. Follow all
precautions with use of these items.
||After the lure is
painted we recommend you spray with a minimum of two coats of Clear
spray paint or brush with 30 minute Epoxy to protect the paint from rocks
and sharp fish teeth. Allow to dry fully before handling.
Good clearcoats are KBS Diamond Finish, Devcon 30 minute Epoxy,
Envirotex lite (available at AC Moore, Michaels, etc)
Any rod epoxy such as Aftcote etc work well also. Keep your finish thin
so as not to ruin your lures action.
||Using 30 minute epoxy,
glue belly grommet into recessed hole in bottom of lure. Glue eyes in
also at this time.
Allow to dry fully before handling.
||Insert small 3/16"
nose grommet into the front of the lure. Metal Lip swimmers etc do not
use a nose grommet.
||Insert through wire
into front of lure through the nose grommet until you see the wire just
inside the belly hook hole.
||Take 150 lb swivel and
insert into the belly hole while pushing the wire through the
through-hole. The idea is to captivate the wire through the open end of
the swivel inside the lure so just the bottom loop of the swivel is
accessible on the bottom of the lure. If you have a hard time
captivating the swivel in the wire, I recommend putting a very slight
bend in the last 3/8 of the wire, then when installing the wire you can
twist it and use it to bridge any areas. Like a plumbers snake. after
you turn the wire to let it grab the swivel you can twist it back and
push it right through the hole. Every lure is proofed when it leaves our
factory so we know the wire gets through ok, sometimes the hole is
slightly off where it meets the belly and the bend at the end of the
wire (10 degrees 3/8 long) will make your lure go together easier.
||Push the wire all the
way into the front of the lure so that the tag end of the wire is inside
the nose grommet. The wire will extend out the back of the lure. Line up
the nose loop up and down on the lure.
||Install Large tail
weight over the wire and insert into the rear of the lure. Some lures do
not have this.
Remember this is a generic pictorial.
||Insert the post style
tail grommet over the wire and insert into the rear of the previously
||Wrap the wire into a
loop on a pair of round nose pliers, or use a nail in a vise to bend the
wire into a loop. Then wrap the wire around itself to tighten the
through wire and "pre-stress" the wire inside the lure.
||Install 2/0 Treble
belly and tail hooks using #5 split rings (Split rings and hooks not
included in kit)
instructions detail very GENERIC/basic assembly/finishing techniques for this
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