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I am a failure and so are you

I am a failure and so are you 1

I have failed over and over and over again making lures, 3D printed designing lures, everything. I failed so much that I was able to create this entire 4×4 foot panel of failed molds and lures and I didn't even use them all. I still have half a bin of failures that I can make more panels of. This really represents 2+ years of failing over and over again with very few actual successes in the middle and it really represents my journey from figuring out how to use Fusion 360 to how to design lures and the ins-and-outs of molding. There's a lot a failure and a lot of resin. I think I have gone through close to 65 or 70 kilograms of Siraya Tech Sculpt Resin, there's some clear now and then, but it's mainly the Sculpt gray and I just buy two 5 gallon jugs at a time. It's about $320 a pop and I keep going through it because I keep messing up. I created this monument to failure to remind myself to stay humble and to make sure everybody sees that I failed over and over again and that it's okay.
I get these messages all the time from people that tell me I make this look easy and they've been trying for weeks and haven't been able to do something like get a tail to look right, or get a lure to print and guess what, I couldn't either at first. I couldn't do anything for 6 months, at least. I was going back and looking through some of my old Fusion 360 projects and I mean, they were terrible. I thought so many of my designs were good enough to save and there are so many times I'd open Fusion 360 and start working on something, spending around 3 hours on it and in the end I wouldn't even save it. I would just delete it and run away and cry for awhile.
failed lure in Fusion 360
I get it dude, I make it look easy because I make videos on YouTube that get edited by a very good editor and you don't see the hours of frustration as I spend hours trying to get Fusion 360 to do what I want and not being able to figure it out. I've made Fusion 360 mad plenty of times trying to do some weird thing that it doesn't like and it'll crash or I'll loose some work. You don't even see all the molds that even failed to print properly because I didn't set something up right and you would be bored to tears if I sat down in front of the computer and showed you all the times that I screwed-up and had to start over again. I'll include more screw-ups in the future, but I like to produce videos on YouTube that try to teach you as quickly as possible, not to show you how much I screw-up.
So I started this channel to help you guys fail less, not fail more or at all. You're going to fail, I made this for you to fail less and I created my Patreon group to help people be able to get great models that you can print out on your own printer to make sure all that stuff works, but you're still going to fail. You're going to fail sometimes and it's totally cool. What we're doing here is pretty hard and a fairly rare skill. I was talking to a guy who emailed me and he does low pressure mold design. If you've ever seen those USB-like cables or any cables really, that's the kind of soft molded pressure relief pieces that he does. I was like, dude, this guy must know everything. He told me I was pretty good and I told him I was nowhere near him since he's combining multiple skills to produce these molds and there are few people that know how to actually design and produce like he does.
There's no degree or college course that teaches you how to make molds that I'm aware of and to learn the skills in this industry you have to do it on the job, it's the only way to learn it. Learning from somebody else is the traditional way to learn these skills so the fact that you're even in there trying is great. Don't get upset, don't get frustrated because it's going to be tough and you're going to have failures and stuff that comes out wrong. You're also going to have good designs for molds that get ruined because you have a bad 3D print and you're going to have a bad design and a lure that's not going to do what you want to and you're going to have to start over and over again.
Keep working and you will get it, I promise. I learned it and you can too.
Take care- Tight lines
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Open Pour Fluke Molds Part 2 – Print Pour Fish!

Open Pour Fluke Molds Part 2 - Print Pour Fish! 3

Alright guys, if you’re watching from my last video where I designed this fluke we’re going to print this mold, pour it and go fish with it to see how it works. I’m doing two because if it sucks it might as well suck twice, right? Here’s my latest settings for Sculpt and you can take a screenshot so it’ll last longer. Looks like two of these molds are going to cost me $2.05 and it’s going to take about 12 hours to print so we’re going to print it overnight and we’ll get back to you in the morning. We’ll wake up, and we’ll have a mold.

pouring fluke mold


Pour #1

Alright, now it’s time to pour the flukes today. We’re going to mix it up a little bit, I’ve decided that I’m going to go with a crawfish color and go with a red. I’m going to start with the base of Dead On Plastics red (linked HERE), I have this red mica off of Amazon which you can find HERE. I actually got two, they were supposedly separate colors from the same company but they look almost identical so who knows. So red, Dead On red, base color red mica and then we’re going to hit it with some Hobby Lobby gunmetal flake just to break it up a little bit. We’re going red today which sounds like a good time so we’ll see how it turns out. Let’s go.

designing fluke mold in fusion 360


First Demold Fluke and Redesign in Fusion 360

So the first set of molds I made I poured and noticed right away that tail section was too shallow and too narrow, at least for my limited open course skill set. When I pulled the baits out, you know, it felt really flimsy, so I jumped back into Fusion 360 and adjusted the tail width and the depth to make it a little deeper and wider which gives it more of a bulk and make the top more open and easier to pour. How you want to do this is completely up to you. This is an open pore mold, if it was an injection mold, we probably wouldn’t have this problem because we’d have some both on the top of that tail section as well. But being an open core mold, you really need to pay attention to how much width you have in that section to make sure you can accurately pour your plastisol in there.

fluke mold






New Mold Overview

We’re back at the pouring table the next day after I printed a new version after that first pouring disaster. Let’s see what we got this time. We’re just going to remount this stuff that we used yesterday. So what I did between version one and version two is I made the tail section a lot wider because it was impossible to pour and quite a bit deeper as well which I think will help in the pour. I thinned down the mid-section just a bit, I wasn’t terribly upset about how fat it was but I don’t think I needed it to be that fat. I then added on a nose in front just to make rigging it a bit easier like every other fluke out there. If you look at this bait I poured yesterday, this tail section is way too thin. You’ll get a ton of great action there but the first little tail bite you get it’s going to be totally gone. So if it’s fat, that’s fine as long as it’s not too fat. It's probably still a bit too hot to pour but I’m going to go ahead and rock it out. I think it’s kind of bad when you have to redesign a bait because you don’t have the skills to do it but, oh well. I’m going to let these cool and get right back to you.

demolding fluke lure

Demold Fluke #2

Alright, here we go with the mold of version two. It’s not getting quite enough in there, more maybe I poured it a little too hot which is probably the reason. That looks pretty good, little fish for sure and has a cool little arrow tail on there which is still pretty warm. The body cavity here is looking good, not too hard to demold. Getting the other one here should be basically the same, but maybe I’ll try it from the front this time and push back trying to grab that nose. That’s a big undercut there, but since the Plastisol is flexible it’s not too bad. This is Dead On Plastics craw tube blend so it’s relatively tough plastic. I like the way that tail looks, I don’t know how it’s going to act but we will let these cool off a bit and maybe I’ll go throw them today.

comparing two fluke molds



New vs. Old Fluke

So, here’s a little comparison between the two that we did. Version one the tail is not as well formed, and the tail section is just a disaster. Version two, obviously, is a little but stiffer but I think it’s plenty flexible and the tail is just a little deeper and a little wider. I hope that provides a lot more action then on the front, I basically just took a 10-millimeter circle and extruded it out to give us a nicer spot to rig compared to version one.

Gone Fishin'

Let’s see if this fluke works. I’m at the local pond, it’s about 8 o’clock in the morning. This pond is very small as you can see but it does hold a few bass so I’m hoping I can convince them to eat the fluke. That’s really all I got with me, flukes, and bigger flukes. Hey, it catches turtles I guess, I’ve made the world’s ultimate turtle lure. Alright, fish do suck at biting my lures, I don’t suck at fishing the fish suck. I’m not really good at fluke fishing either. I have a tendency to loose my patience when it’s super slow fishing but the fluke works as designed and it’s pretty killer. I released a bunch of different fluke lures to my Patreon group that is linked HERE. Every month in there, I release new molds and new hard baits as they come out.


Tare care- Tight lines