dipping tubes pointers

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  1. carpkiller

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    Want to make some tubes. How hard can it be? Tell me what I got wrong so far.
    1. Gonna find some aluminum rod in the right diameter, cut and smooth a rounded end on each one.
    2. Will heat in microwave and/or electric stove.
    3. A little worm oil on the rod will make the tubes slide off...verdad?
    4. Gonna be dipping one tube at a time; was thinking I'd just use a pyrex measuring cup. Any suggestions for a taller, skinnier vessel to hold the melted plastic? Or am I overthinking this?

    Thanks.

    CK
     
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    carp, you'd be better off with a mold. Sliding the tube off isn't the problem - cutting the skirt so it doesn't look like s*** is. One thing I've done to modify the body of a tube is dip it in hot plastic to thicken it a bit. Fortunately when Gander went out of business, they had bags and bags of tubes selling at 1/4 of the price, 30/bag. I must have bought about 500 of which I won't use in a lifetime, some of which I modified by dipping.
     
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    Actually, I am not going to cut the tentacles. My first application will involve cutting the end of the tube diagonally. Making some "No action" lures.
     
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    Don't put metal in the microwave.
     
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    Even worse is overcooking the plastic. The toxic smoke can KILL YOU !!!!

    Hope the process I pm'd you works out.
     
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    Agreed on the fumes, best done outside if you can.
    If you pm'ed me I never received it. That is if you ment to pm me.
     
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    Sorry - Carpkiller asked me about the no-mold process of creating one of the best soft plastic fishing lures for freshwater fish I ever discovered - by accident no less.
     
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    No harm no foul. LOL
     
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