Soft plastic lures are the easiest type of lures to make. All you need to make them is a heat source, some used plastic worms, a pan (preferably not your wife’s), and a mold. Here is a brief tutorial to get you started.
How to Guide to Making Soft Plastic Lures
4 1/2 ” Purple Shrimp Curly-Q
Step 1: PREPARE YOUR WORKSPACE
Before you even think about starting, you should already have an available workspace. Choose a location that is allowed to get dirtied, and more importantly one that is safe because you will be spilling supplies, releasing fumes, and splattering hot plastic that can burn surfaces. In other words, don’t make your soft plastic lures in your wife’s nice dining room with your small children in the room.
Once you are settled into your well ventilated space, gather your necessary tools and materials to organize them on your workbench. Lock your door to prevent any disturbances while you are making your lures. And most importantly, wear your safety goggles.
Tools and Supplies:
- Soft Plastic Mold (MF Manufacturing, Mfg SKU#2724SCQ)
- 1 cup Plastisol or used soft plastics
- 1 tsp purple plastic colouring
- 1 pinch non-metallic, silver small glitter flakes
- Microwave (not the one in your kitchen that you use for pizza pockets)
- 4 cup size Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup
- Pizza cutter
- Paper towels
- Large aluminum baking pan
Step 2: PREPARE YOUR MOLD
Now you can set your soft plastic mold on a sturdy, heat resistant surface. If you intend to pour multiple molds at a time, make sure you line up your molds next to each other. You can use “PAM” or any other vegetable-based cooking spray.
Step 3: HEAT YOUR PLASTIC
Pour your liquid Plastisol into your glass measuring cup. Do not fill the measuring cup more than half way because then it will be difficult to pour the heated plastic.
Place the measuring cup that you have filled part way with plastic into your microwave. Heat it for about 3 ½ – 5 minutes, or until the plastic is smooth. During the heating process the plastic will thicken and then turn thin. Do not overheat, overheated plastic smokes when the heat is too high or it has been on for too long.
Step 4: ADD COLOUR, GLITTER, SCENTS, ETC.
When your plastic is finished heating, remove it from the microwave and stir in a small amount of purple plastic colouring. You should add one drop at a time until the colour you want is obtained. This is when you add any of your additional glitter, scents, and flavorings. (Note: DO NOT PUT METAL GLITTER INTO YOUR MICROWAVE; IT COULD EASILY START A FIRE OR RUIN YOUR MICROWAVE). Once all of your additional items are in your plastic mixture stir slowly and then put it back into the microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
Step 5: POUR PLASTIC INTO THE MOLD
Move from one end of the body to the other as you slowly fill the mold cavities with the plastic. This action prevents air bubbles from forming in the lure.
Fill the mold cavity as much as possible without letting it overflow. In time, you will be able to judge when you reach the point of overflow.
Step 6: COOL AND REMOVE YOUR WORMS
You need to wait for your plastic to cool before you try to remove it, this will take from about 10-15 minutes. When it has cooled, remove it and place it on a flat paper towel. Do not leave it in an awkward position because it will harden into that shape and will therefore be useless for fishing. Leave your new lure overnight to cool effectively.
Step 7: TRIM THE LURE
Once your soft plastic is no longer sticky to the touch, it’s time to place them on the aluminum baking sheet. Trim off any excess plastic that you don’t want by rolling your pizza cutter over it. Or you can use a pair of nice sharp scissors.
Step 8: EXPERIMENT!
Now that you have your basics down, you can start playing around with multiple colours, shapes, and different scents and flavourings. To pour multicoloured bait, heat two measuring cups full of different coloured plastic. Fill part of the mold with one colour and follow immediately with the next.