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Finishing Your Homemade Balsa Crankbait

Finishing Your Homemade Balsa Crankbait

Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Homemade Balsa Crankbait

Finishing your homemade balsa crankbait.

You’ve carved it, sanded it and shaped it. Now you need to seal it, foil it, install the diving lip and a slew of other things in order to take your bait from where it’s at, to a finished, working crankbait that you can catch fish on.

So where do you start? What do you do now to take this miniature work of art from something half finished, to a finished, fine-tuned crankbait that you can be proud to show people and actually catch fish on?

Read on and we’ll share tips with you on how to seal the wood body of the lure, foil it, give it a face, create and install the diving lip, painting it, clear coating it and then testing it in the lake or river near you.

As in the first post on this topic, we’re featuring another great video by lure maker Paul Adams. Paul goes into great depth to show us each and every step of the process, as well as providing us with a complete list of tools and materials needed to make it all happen.

Wood Crankbait Bodies - Pablo Canterna

Wood Crankbait Bodies by Pablo Canterna

Pictured here is a batch of wooden crankbait bodies made by lure maker Pablo Canterna, of Argentina. Pablo also makes his wooden crankbaits by hand.

Further below in this post we’ll show you a great photo of these baits after they were finished!

But for now, let’s get back to the topic at hand… finishing your homemade balsa crankbait!

So here are a few of the items you’ll need in order to finish your bait:

  • Envirotex – a two-part epoxy resin
  • Self-adhesive aluminum foil
  • Aluminum reinforcing mesh (this is normally used for car body repairs!)
  • a 2 mil polycarbonate sheet to make the diving lip
  • And a few other tools that will be named specifically in the actual video
Finished Wood Crankbaits

Finished Wood Crankbaits by Pablo Canterna

Paul will demonstrate in the video how to apply the clear coat (envirotex) and then add foil to the crankbait body to give it a natural “shimmer” or shine before painting the bait. He even gives away a secret tip for giving the foil a “scaly” look, using the mesh mentioned in the list above.

Oh, and here are some finished crankbaits made from the wood bodies pictured above, by Pablo Canterna. Quite a difference from the blank wooden bodies above, isn’t there?

So be sure to give the video a watch, take lots of notes, and get that new balsa crankbait finished up so you catch some nice fish on it 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed the info and the video about finishing your homemade balsa crankbait. And be sure to stop back again soon for more great lure-making info.

You can visit Paul’s lure making blog directly by clicking here.

Here are links to some of the items used in making your own balsa crankbaits:

Balsa Crankbait Bodies In case you don’t want to carve your own
Stainless Steel Wire
Bobbin to hold your wrapping thread
Lure Painting Supplies
Molded 3D Lure Eyes
Nylon Wrapping Thread
Treble Hooks
Stainless Steel Split Rings

How to Make a Balsa Crankbait

How to Make a Balsa Crankbait

This is the finished balsa crankbait covered in this tutorial.

Want to learn how to make a balsa crankbait by hand and pick up some neat tricks and tips along the way?

Sit back and let us share some great tips with you from UK-based lure maker, Paul Adams.

Paul has been making lures at home for a long time. So it’s not surprising that he’s learned a lot while doing it, and he shares some great info in videos and lure templates to show you exactly how he does it.

Paul covers things like carving the balsa wood into an actual crankbait body, creating the slots for the diving lip, the through-wire and the belly weight.

He also teaches some great tricks for sanding the lure body and shaping it to get it just right, using common everyday items and tools.

To top it all off, he even includes a complete materials list and a template to use!

Brandon Seutter - unfinished hand-carved crankbait

This is a pic of a partially finished, hand-carved crankbait by Brandon Seutter. The photo shows the carved body with the lip slot, through-wire slot and the hole for the belly weight.

To the left is a great photo of a hand-carved crankbait by Facebook user Brandon Seutter.

Brandon follows a lot of the same steps and processes that Paul Adams lays out in his video below.

The process of making these baits 100% by hand can be a bit lengthy, but it pays off with a completely custom bait where you have complete control of every step of the build process.

Creating your lures this way is pretty satisfying and allows you to make small, subtle changes where you want to or need to in order to make a lure that perfectly suits your needs.

Below, you’ll find a video that shows you the first set of steps to follow, to get you started. So grab a piece of paper and a pencil and be sure to take some notes and learn from this incredibly-talented lure artist.

Thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed this awesome tutorial and learned a lot about how to make a balsa crankbait. Be sure to check back again soon for more of these!

You can visit Paul’s lure making blog by clicking here.

Here are links to some of the items used in making your own balsa crankbaits:

Balsa Crankbait BodiesIn case you prefer to use a pre-carved body instead of carving your own
Stainless Steel Wire
Bobbin to hold your wrapping thread
Nylon Wrapping Thread