How to Make Your Own Plastic Worms

How to Make Your Own Plastic WormsMaking your own plastic worms is not a difficult process. A few simple supplies and a little time will yield you many lures that can be used over and over, possibly saving you a bit of money along the way. Experiment with colors and other variables to get more useful bait.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Worm mold
  • Liquid plastic
  • Plastic color
  • Aluminum pot with a notch for pouring
  • Stove
  • Scent Oil
  • Glitter if wanted
Step 1
Place the pot on the stove and pour liquid plastic into it. One ounce will make about 36 inches of plastic worms, so pour according to how many you are planning to make and how long they will be. Pour a little more in than you calculate, just in case you added wrong.
Step 2
Heat the plastic on a low heat, but increase the heat if the liquid doesn't start to thicken. The liquid will turn clear as it thickens. Stir it often. Heat the mixture until it is completely clear and similar in consistency to heated syrup.
Step 3
Add plastic hardener or softener at this point if you wish for a hard worm or softer than normal worm.
Step 4
Add color--a little goes a long way. Add a drop at a time and stir it in. Keep adding until you reach the color you want. If you are using fluorescent colors, add them before heating. This will prevent you from seeing when the liquid turns clear during the heating process, so you will have to be extra observant of the consistency.
Step 5
Add glitter if you would like.
Step 6
Pour the liquid into the molds. Pour it until the liquid is slightly rounded at the top of the mold.
Step 7
Leave it to set for a few minutes, then remove the worms from the molds.
Step 8
Place the worms in cool water.
Step 9
Remove the worms from the water and place on paper towel to dry.
Step 10
Place the worms in a bag with worm oil to add a scent and keep the worms from sticking together.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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