Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Polymer clay; possibly the best material for making fishing lures!

There are many materials available which can be used when making fishing lures. Some are simple, such as wood and others are more complex and possibly dangerous such as melting and molding your own lead.

However, none of these other materials offer the same variety and versatility as polymer clay. In this article you will find an explanation of all the basic techniques which you can use when making fishing lures from polymer clay and the answers to some of the most commonly asked sculpting questions. What is polymer clay?

Most of you will know polymer clay by other names such as Fimo or Sculpty. It is polyurethane based, manufactured clay which is very popular and commonly used in bead making and can be fired or baked in your home oven.

Now, the thought of a bead making materials may seem absurd to some fishermen out there, but the truth is this material is ideal for making fishing lures and offers endless options in color choice, textures and finishes and can even be customized easily.

Where do I find Polymer Clay?Polymer clay can be found in almost any craft or art supply store. It is sold in 3oz blocks and is usually sorted by color and brand. Some polymer clay brands can be mixed and used together so don’t be shy when choosing your colors.

Many polymer clay brands offer metallic, sparkle and florescent products which are perfect for making fishing lures. How do I Use Polymer Clay?The simple answer to this question is; “however you’d like”.

Though there are some technical rules you must follow in order to produce your lures safely.
Polymer clay, due to the plastic ingredients, does produce harmful fumes. Consider using a designated toaster oven to bake the clay instead of your kitchen oven.

Any dishes, cookie sheets or work surfaces which are used with polymer clay should NOT be used again for food consumption. Polymer clay must be conditioned (kneaded and worked until soft) before being sculpted.

Unconditioned clay will crack and will not be as water resistant. Now, once you have your chosen colors and your clay is conditioned, sculpt your lures to be any shape, size or style which you feel is best.

The most vital point to remember when making fishing lures is to be creative, you never know which design could become one of your most successful and trusted lures.

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