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Lure making is an opportunity for anglers to take their passion for the sport to the next level by creating custom-made baits at home. Making soft plastic baits is also a great way to save money over buying manufactured soft plastics. The first step in making a soft plastic lure is to create a working mold into which the heated plastic can be poured. Making a mold is a simple process that can be adapted as a teaching tool and project for young anglers that may be new to the sport of fishing.
Items you will need
Soft plastic lure to be imitated
Clear coat sealant
Set a block of modeling clay in a warm location such as in a kitchen or in sunlight. Leave the clay long enough for it to slightly soften to the point where a soft plastic bait can be pressed into the clay.
Select a soft plastic lure such as a worm, crayfish, lizard or other imitation. Position the soft plastic on the modeling clay so that you can get at least two or three impressions on a block of clay if possible.
Press the soft plastic bait into the softened clay with your fingers. Work the bait slowly into the clay so that at least half of the bait is located beneath the surface of the clay. Carefully lift the soft plastic bait from the clay and repeat the process to make more than one mold on a block of clay.
Place the modeling clay with the impressions in a cool location. Depending on the type of clay you choose, you may only need to let the clay cool and set. Place the block of clay in an oven to bake the clay hard if directed to do so by the manufacturer.
Apply a coat of clear sealant that is made for clay to the mold when the mold is set. Thoroughly coat the clay mold with the sealant to help prolong the life of the mold, fill imperfections and help the poured plastic release when it cools.
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.