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  1. #91

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Quote Originally Posted by tunaticer View Post
    Who has the best deals on Gamakatsu J90HW series hooks lately?

    Hard to find stockists overseas with genuine articles.

    Jack.
    Hi Jack, I only know the distributor here is http://www.frogleysoffshore.com.au/ and tackle stores can rely on them having stock - availability is usually spot on through the channel. Off the shelf if you are paying around $21.00 - $23.00 per pack 50, up to size 3/0 ( which is all I purchase) it's about the right money

    Scalem

  2. #92

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Hi Brandon,

    They are missing lead, as in the lead doesn't go right down around the hook properly. It does look like the mould is cooling the lead too much before it gets to the bottom.

    About to try with the lead temp up a bit


    Richard

  3. #93

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    ok Richard, that should sort it out, or heating the mold just a little. GL with it!!

    Cheers
    Brandon...

  4. #94

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Hey guys, the lead in my Lee electric pot glows red when pouring my jig hooks dont know if you can get it that hot, Peter.
    "We gave Howard the Arse now we have to fix Rudd"
    "Now we have to sort Gillard" F@?k me RUDD again
    Abbott and Newman what a great next few years "NOT"

  5. #95

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Bar
    If your leads glowing red it's a tad to hot.I'm using a lee melter, set it on high to get it going and then back it off to abot 5 or 6. Heat your moulds to start with,I use a heat gun or you can rest it on top of the melter.Also pays to pour a few without the hooks just to see if there forming ok.Once you have put your hooks in give them a quick heat up as well with the heat gun,on low so you don't blow the suckers away.Keep your lead and melter clean by scraping it and skimimg the top with an old spoon.If you get to many crudie bits going into the mold this can be the cause of the jigs not forming well.The powder paint is great when you get use to using it,as you can see in one of my earlier posts I run a online store I'm hoping in the future to stock a lot more DIY gear .When I get the chance I will post some picks of my set up.
    Cheers

  6. #96

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Quote Originally Posted by Nico.d.R View Post
    im keen on a M&G we should make a list of what size hooks you need for your moulds so every one that goes can get hooks before hand for all the moulds and then we can take turns swaping moulds on the day , and maybe a bbq or a fish in the arvo afterwards .
    cheers nico
    Righto Nico,

    Let's get something happening ..... After thinking about this, I am going to post ( within a few minutes) a M&G in the right section, where I think enough of us have expressed interest in getting together for a Jighead making session. Naturally, where we are handling potentially hazardous materials such as lead, the responsiblility lies with each individual taking part to ensure the utmost care is taken. That said - have a look at my post in the M&G section and give me your thoughts. Should be a stack of fun!!

    Scalem

  7. #97

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Quote Originally Posted by gumbo View Post
    Bar
    If your leads glowing red it's a tad to hot.I'm using a lee melter, set it on high to get it going and then back it off to abot 5 or 6. Heat your moulds to start with,I use a heat gun or you can rest it on top of the melter.Also pays to pour a few without the hooks just to see if there forming ok.Once you have put your hooks in give them a quick heat up as well with the heat gun,on low so you don't blow the suckers away.Keep your lead and melter clean by scraping it and skimimg the top with an old spoon.If you get to many crudie bits going into the mold this can be the cause of the jigs not forming well.The powder paint is great when you get use to using it,as you can see in one of my earlier posts I run a online store I'm hoping in the future to stock a lot more DIY gear .When I get the chance I will post some picks of my set up.
    Cheers
    Thanks for your comments gumbo, i have been doing this now for around 14mts & am quite good at it if i say so myself. I find the hotter the better the point i was making is i dont think the lads using the blow torches are getting their lead hot enough. Peter.
    "We gave Howard the Arse now we have to fix Rudd"
    "Now we have to sort Gillard" F@?k me RUDD again
    Abbott and Newman what a great next few years "NOT"

  8. #98

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    I agree with you Bar UP. The hotter the better particularly if you are pooring on cold winter days. The ambient temperature has an instant cooling affect on the lead surprisingly and the success rates lessen. Has anyone else noticed the same thing in winter? Scalem and I had a poor jighead making session one day and all we could attribute it to was the fact it was one of those cold days where it would have been better to be inside with the fireplace going and watching DVD's on fishing. The hotter the lead the faster and easier it poors into the mould.


    Poodroo


    He who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.


  9. #99

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Just a warning with melting lead. Once the molten lead gets the dark glazed look on the top, all the nasty bits are starting to evaporate off, so the fumes are pretty potent at this point. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area etc.

  10. #100

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Sorry I should have read the other posts before I responded to yours, no.Thats just my opinion on the temp it seems to do the job pretty well.I have been making sinkers, jigs & spinnerbaits for around three years and stocking shops for around two.So I'd say I'm pretty dame good too . I'm down in the deep south where it gets very chilly but I never get my melters up above seven.If the moulds & componets are heated it all goes well.Good point made by grunter always wear safety gear and have plenty of ventilation.
    Cheers

  11. #101

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    After seeing how fast and good barups lee melting pot works , i realised what i was missing to make jig heads . so i have one on the way . there is a guy on ebay selling them for around $124 (with postage) , just thought i would let you know because most other places had them for $170 .

    cheers nico
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  12. #102

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Is that the melting pot Nico ?

    You can get an international (240v) imported from overseas for about $90-100, less if you order some jig stuff while you are paying for postage anyway

    just a thought,

    I love mine. ended up buying a second mold (shad head) and can really pump them out once the mould is hot. And thats one of the critical things, you have to make sure the mould is hot and that you are using pure (soft) lead. otherwise you can run into all sorts of problems and I have found out while starting up and learning.


    Richard

  13. #103

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    i hear a lot off the pro's use a bit off tyre lead or printers steal in there lead to harden it up so the jig heads dont get dents and chips in them that can make the jig not swim as straight . where did you see them for $100 ? i kept seeing 130-150 us dollars .
    do you heat you molds by pooring blanks ?

    cheers nico
    <img src=http://www.ausfish.com.au/vforum/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=34780&dateline=1209722614 border=0 alt= />

  14. #104

    Re: D.I.Y Jigheads

    Yeah, I guess that would work. I have a lot of tyre weight lead there that I could do a part mix with to experiment. Problem is the finer parts of the jig, like the barb and little bit along the shank often don't come out properly (from what I've found anyway).

    I usually heat the mold to start with by placing it on top of the melting pot. This puts a bit of heat into it but pouring a fwe rounds of blanks gets it up to the proper operating temperature (just too hot to handle for any length of time).

    I have one of the Lee Melting Pot IV and I bought it from here - http://www.upnorthoutdoors.com/stami...lee_potIV.html

    I've also got all my molds and hooks from there so far. Thinking about doing another order for hooks in the near future too. If you end up ordering anything from them, let me know.


    Richard

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