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mold questions for redman
10-24-2015, 12:05 AM,
RE: mold questions for redman
Redear when you get Done with the molds come on over. I opened up the hood on my 25 h.p. Merc outboard and the mud dobbers did a number on it. Air intake was a mess as was everything that had a small hole. A general cleaning is needed if I am going to run it this fall.

Some of my small molds I did in 3/8 inch thick aluminum. My old friend Paul Weiland always wanted his molds in 1/2 inch stock even his 1/4 oz. Jigs. Jim Stone put his molds on a pair of vice grips. Jim complained about having to mount them that way for Paul but they were easy to use and I feel better than the hinge system. It is easier to mount a hinge until the hinge pin gets sloppy. And the alignment pins get a little wore. Then the mold has to be repressed and new pins and hinge put on.

Keep remembering little bits and pieces. No fun to grow old. As Mark Twain once said of all the things I lost my mind I miss the most.

Redman
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10-25-2015, 07:33 PM,
RE: mold questions for redman
that' some good info there redman as always, I never get tired of your old days stories! yeah I'm not sure why I go 3/4" thick on the aluminum, probably shoulda dropped back to 1/2" I'm sure it would be cheaper.
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01-07-2016, 01:46 AM,
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I saw on ebay the other day a bag of assorted ball bearings from 1/8" to 1/2" in diam. and am thinking about getting a bag for some mold making of roundhead jigs of various sizes, and maybe some with a collar for tying hair. I have plenty of molds with no collar and they do very well for hair jigs, but there are good looking hair jigs with a more full look also, just thinkin at this point. I tie some kiptail jigs for an expert crappie fisherman who also gets a few from another friend he has, the other guys jigs are tied on a roundhead with collar and it's a totally different look. Another one I would like to tinker with just for my own use is something like the head that was on the original grey ghost jig, where the nose is shaped like an axe. that would require some kind of jig to help grind those angles perfectly on the jighead blank, otherwise it wouldn't track straight. ya know guys and gals is there anything quite like wintertime boredom to get ya thinkin bout this stuff?
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02-11-2016, 02:08 AM,
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Another head I am wanting is a 1/16 roundhead, no collar with a size 8 sickle, the hook would have to be slightly moved upward on the ball head in order for the hooks eyelet to clear the cavity enough to make a recess for the eye, otherwise you spend all your time digging lead out of the eye of the hook. this same scenario presents itself with a 1/4 head and a size 4 sickle, roundheads are easy to press too, all you need is the correct size ball bearing, and then you can press the hook position wherever you want.
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04-26-2016, 03:04 AM,
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the last few days I have poured a few 1/64 roundhead with a red size 10 sickle hook, this mold I pressed back around the beginning of this thread, it produces a perfect round ball with the smoothness beyond compare so it shines like a mirror or thereabouts, used a tiny ball bearing for this mold pressing, I like to leave the heads unpainted and the flash of that head I think helps catch fish.
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04-26-2016, 03:10 AM,
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been tying kiptail on these jigs, tying the hair two tone in color, and very sparse with a nibble added and under a float, these tiny jigs have saved the day for us here lately, my buddy who never goes below 1/32 can't get over how good the tiny jig is working, oh... best colors have been dark purple and green chart. red thread, and also black and chart, yellow with red thread. tied very sparse the sparser the better at least here lately.
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04-26-2016, 07:09 PM,
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The head you described sounds like the head on my original Doll Fly head. If I had more than just the one I would tear the thread and hair off and get a silicone mold made to use a sickle hook

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and the collar is thin with a ball end for tying hair
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09-24-2016, 12:07 AM,
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anyone here know offhand what size ball bearing would press a 1/4 oz. head, without a collar, just plain ball head size 4 hook would be used. I do want a few heavy head molds, and need to order the ball bearings. have finally got the ole boat almost ready to fish again after that tornado in feb. tried to destroy it, going tomorrow to get a new outboard for it. weather here is starting to turn nice.
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04-30-2017, 12:25 AM,
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I have a friend that called me up raving about some jigs I gave him recently, they were the flattened redman head in 1/32 or so maybe a little heavier, tied with calftail hair in electric chicken color scheme, light pink and yellow chart. he used them under a bobber with a crappie nibble on the hook and took his grandson fishing and they boated many crappies with these jigs, these jigheads were poured with one of the molds made earlier in this thread, using a size 6 matzuo sickle hook in black chrome. these jigs were tied like the old pinkie jigs of yesteryear, just hair with a red thread neck, they are beyond durable too, he has one that he claims has caught about 300 white perch over several years, every time we go he pulls it out and shows it to me, lol.
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