How to Design Your Own Plastic Worms

How to Design Your Own Plastic Worms
Designing your own plastic worms is a great way to save money. It is also a means to create some plastic baits which may prove very effective and are not available on the market. Take hints from existing baits and combine them with the features of natural food such as salamanders, worms, and even centipedes. Use plaster of Paris to form molds in old containers such as plastic ware and even small cardboard boxes. Form the mold using common objects such as pens or other objects and create different effects and features for the worms.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plaster of Paris Old bowl or box Mixing bowl Forms such as pens and other objects Liquid plastic Coloring Old pan Single burner stove Old spoon
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Old bowl or box
  • Mixing bowl
  • Forms such as pens and other objects
  • Liquid plastic
  • Coloring
  • Old pan
  • Single burner stove
  • Old spoon
 
Step 1
Mix plaster of Paris in an amount which will fill a small bowl or box just below the top. Follow the manufacturers directions.
Step 2
Insert an object, such as a pen, to make a form for the mold. A Bic pen, for example, makes an excellent and highly effective worm bait. Coat the pen with petroleum jelly before placing in the mold which will help the pen release from the mold. Allow the mold to almost completely dry before removing.
Step 3
Following the manufacturers directions, pour a small amount of liquid plastic into an old pan and add coloring to shade the plastic worm as desired. Heat and stir the plastic as instructed.
Step 4
Coat the plaster mold with petroleum jelly to help in releasing the plastic worm. Pour the warm plastic into the mold. Allow to completely cool before attempting to remove.
Step 5
Remove the worm from the mold when cooled and trim any excess plastic from the finished worm. Rig on a hook as preferred and enjoy.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Follow the manufacturers directions when mixing the plastic and coloring to achieve the desired shades for the worms. Experiment with different shaped objects when making the plaster molds.
 
Follow the manufacturers directions when mixing the plastic and coloring to achieve the desired shades for the worms.
 
Experiment with different shaped objects when making the plaster molds.
 
Use caution when heating and working with warm to hot liquid plastic. It is possible to receive severe burns from hot plastic. Wear appropriate clothing, gloves and goggles.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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