How to Make Fishing Molds Easily

How to Make Fishing Molds Easily
Many fishermen enjoy making and using their own equipment. Making lures and baits is an easy way to get started. Soft plastic baits are popular with many fishermen and can be made at home easily by using a mold and liquid plastic. Make your own molds and you can be fishing with custom-made lures on your next fishing trip.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:


  • Polymer clay
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Small aluminum pie pan
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Sealant
  • Paint brush
  • Small, sharp pointed craft scraper
  • Putty knife
Step 1
Make a clay model in the shape of the lure or bait for which you want to make a mold. Bake the clay mold according to the directions on the packaging so that the clay hardens.
Step 2
Brush on a coat of sealant to the clay lure so that the plaster used in the next step won't stick to it. Allow it to dry, then spread a thin coat of petroleum jelly on the clay lure.
Step 3
Prepare enough plaster of Paris to fill the pie pan full. Pour some into the pan so that it is half full. Push the clay lure halfway into the plaster with the top half exposed and not covered in plaster. Let the plaster harden.
Step 4
Apply a coat of petroleum jelly over the top of the dry plaster, then pour fresh plaster on top of the dry plaster. Pour enough so that you have covered the clay lure and let the plaster dry.
Step 5
Flip the pie pan over gently and remove the mold. Insert the edge of a putty knife between the two layers of the mold. Gently work all the way around while you lightly pry them apart. Take your time and be careful not to break the fragile plaster.
Step 6
Make a pouring hole for the liquid plastic and a venting hole to allow air to escape while you do the pouring, using a sharp scraping tool, similar to one that dentists use. Scrape a groove from the inside of the lure mold cavity to the outside. Make another groove on the opposite piece that will match when you place the two halves together. Make the venting hole in the same way on the opposite side of the lure cavity.
Step 7
Brush on a coat of sealant to the inside of both pieces of the mold cavity. Once they are dry, you are ready to put your molds to use.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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