During the last days I continued carving the Basswood and Ayous-based lure bodies I mentioned in my last post. Things are going quite well and while I’m hoping to finish a first set during the next days, I’m trying to work on some design variations featuring slightly different sizing and density.

Raw Lure Bodies
Hand-carved Basswood and Ayous-based lure bodies

Besides that, I spent more time rethinking the original lure shape and about ways to improve or to even rework it’s main characteristics and resulting movement. While the pencil design I worked on so far is a quite versatile all-round-weapon for different fields and situations, I would like to focus more on a design that works well in flats and other shallow areas and is designed to cover wider areas in search for the big ones. I’m looking to achieve a design that creates high appeal through a wide wobbling action without creating too much water resistance (think convenience). If that makes any sense… :)

Design Variations
Just a sneak peak which should already give you a good idea about the new direction

Again, I found myself drawing some inspiration from Tadashi Nishioka’s Balsa50 design from the 70’s, but adding my own spin on things with a balancing approach similar to the one I already utilized for the pencil design. Of course balance-weight positioning and orientation and sizing of the lip are the most crucial aspects that need to be tested and prototyped during the next weeks.

Tadashi Nishioka’s Balsa50
Drawings of Tadashi Nishioka’s Balsa50 design (probably from the late 70’s)

As for coloring and coating I completely gave up on the idea of buying an airbrush setup. Instead I spent a lot of time thinking about colors and tools that will allow detailed designs and thin layering of base and accent-colors but is more affordable and to handle even without a completely equipped workshop. Basically something that’s working well with the ultra-hard 2k-coating I already used for my prototypes so far and offers enough design options and creative leeway.

Coloring Materials
Some fine acrylics for further testing…

I came up with a high quality, lightfast and ageing-resistant acrylic primer, which is not only serving as a basis for further coloring, but is also easy to sand in order to create an ultra-fine base-layer that’s allowing a clean and even finish. Besides that, I will try out a combination of fine artist’s acrylic colors and acrylic spay paint. I’m aware there’s an extensive and time-consuming testing-phase coming up, but I’m hoping that the results will be worth these efforts. *crossing fingers and toes*

4 thoughts on “Design Variations & Coloring

  1. Paul adams wrote on :

    this is a bit like looking at the bible, even with the text in Japanese the drawings do all the the talking with markings for bindings and the weight placement. I have just last week drawn a crank bait which looks almost like it could of come off these pages. One of my wife’s friends is visiting Hiroshima until the 1st of Jan and i never thought to ask here to look out for some Japanese lure making books, they are almost impossible to get hold of over here. Thanks for the look, and good luck with the testing

  2. Christian wrote on :

    I found this photo on the internet some time ago, but unfortunately can’t remember the source. Somehow, I never really searched for books about Japanese lure building. Even if I sometimes get hooked by images or old magazines, I’m receiving from friends in Japan, most of my inspiration comes from talks and fishing trips during my travels.

    It’s more actual situations while fishing or a specific field or condition that triggers new ideas. The starting point of most of my designs and ideas is a particular need (convenient sizing, desired casting qualities, weedless hook positioning for fishing heavy cover, the requirements of small rivers vs. bigger lakes, wind vs. no wind conditions, fishing pressure etc.). This makes it easier to make the right decisions during the design process in order to achieve what I’m looking for.

    Of course, I’m a highly visual person and sometimes tend to start with a shape or design concept, that I find interesting or compelling, but asking the right questions before starting to actually sketch up first ideas, really helps me to stay focused. Because of my limited tools and production skills, I’m more or less trying to find my own way to build things and to accomplish specific tasks like balancing and finishing. But In some cases I’m just too lazy to try the more advanced techniques… :)

  3. Paul adams wrote on :

    I suppose crank baits and minnow lures are pretty standard, but i enjoy working with a convention, because i often find the process is as rewarding as fishing with the finished lure. It is often breaking new ground that feels like the harder process, this week i made the same lure ten or more times and weighted each one a little differently and when all said and done i wasn’t happy with any of them but failing that many times did open up new possibilities and gave me a chance to re-look some ideas i had. In the end i figured i make things out of curiosity, can i do it? will it work? will it catch fish is another story, i have made some pretty lures and caught nothing and pulled out some monsters on bits string and hooks. In Britain and i think northern Europe there is an ancient tradition of throwing precious objects like swords or gold into lakes, i am not sure if i make fishing lures for that reason rather than tempting fish. cheers

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