Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fish Creek Spinners - Models in a glance

Click the small pictures to swap into the larger view or follow the heading link to the store, where you'll find fish pictures caught on these spinners (free spinners for pictures promotions), underwater noise recordings by model, and colors available.

Small Fish Creek Spinner models

Fish Creek Spinners Nitromite

Fish Creek Spinners Nitromite
Hot Rod
Fire Ant
Sm Armadillo
F650 Nitromite
F717 Hot Rod
F503 Fire Ante F017 Small Armadillo F755 Quad Prop

Medium sized Fish Creek Spinner models

Fish Creek Spinners Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners Glass Armadillo
1/8oz Glass
1/5oz Glass
1/5oz Metal
Depth Charge
Angle Iron
1/4oz Glass
F106 Glass Armadillo F077 Glow Armadillo F552 Angle Iron F150 Glass Armadillo F301 Metal Armadillo F089 Depth Charge F605 Angle Iron F178 Glass Armadillo
1/3oz Metal
F355 Metal Armadillo

Large Fish Creek Spinner models

Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners Bullet Description
1/2oz Bullet
1oz Armadillo
1oz Squid
1oz Spike
1oz Hula Girl
F380 Bullet F787 Large Armadillo F209 Squid F229 Spike F275 Hula Girl

Things your old man said

About once a day, I find myself recalling some phrase I heard growing up. More often then not I bite my tongue.

These sayings mostly came from my father. He would state them when he wanted to pass on some kernel of wisdom he felt would improve our learning and most likely give him the last word. Not that he needed any help. He got unconditional respect.

I've been around the block a few times myself and find it kind of amusing these things have stuck with me this long.

Sure, I've got a few sayings of my own too, but credit needs to go where credit is due.

It's likely my kids now think of them as my creations. Time to set the record straight.

I've tried to float this topic on a few forum's and the moderators always sunk it!  Maybe it will float on the Noise on the Line blog.

Dad was a pretty tough old goat. Raised by his aunt after his parents died. Quit high school to enlist in the Army and be with his three brothers in WWII, lying about his age. Tail gunner in the 4th Calvary. Then an Iron-worker and father of 5 kids. 

He used these sayings like periods on a sentence. Some dark, some light. Some directed at you, some at others. The kind of words that struck a cord, cleared the fog and stuck to your ribs.

He probably collected these sayings from his buddies; Army buddies, Iron workers, drinking buddies from some bar after work. He never gave anybody credit on origin. He just used them. They were a part of him.

Time to pay some tribute to those old warriors and the way they got out their message.

Old school Smack Talk. Can't defend 'em. Just repeat them every now and then! Sometimes, I just think of using them and bite my tongue, then remember the old man. I think he'd like knowing that, but likely say

You aint got a hair on your A#s.

Talk's cheap, it takes money to buy whiskey.

Wish in one hand, Shit in the other. See which one fills up first.

What's the problem? A good bullet only costs a quarter.

If you p#s# three times, you're drunk. I gotta p#s# like a race horse.

It's gonna rain, the shit birds are singing.

You're pretty big, I didn't know you could stack Shit that high.

Plenty more out there. I'll bet you've got some of your own to share. Post a comment if any come to mind.

It's almost certain there'll be some profanity salting it down. I'll police the comments as needed.

New Large Armadillo's

Fish Creek Spinners Large 1oz Armadillo - White w/skirt and Red #1/0 Bucktail

Fish Creek Spinners Large 1oz Armadillo - Purple w/skirt and Purple #1/0 Bucktail
Just finished design on a new skirted Armadillo spinner.

Some of the specifications

  • 1oz in weight - biggest one yet
  • 7 inches in length with skirt - skirt is removable and can be changed out - Interesting
  • .051 inch heavy stainless wire - this wire is tough
  • All Nickel body beads and friction discs - Noisy ring on this one.
  • Baked Powder coat in 14 colors -
  • Double Super Willow blades on a single clevis for added Noise
  • 53 strand 8 inch Silicon Starflash Skirts - 20 varieties to choose from
  • Duolock clasp attached #1/0 brass treble hook - Quickly switch hooks or change skirts
This is a tough duty spinner for all big fish. Here's a few pictures

Pack of Large Skirted Fish Creek Spinners Armadillos

Peak under the hood - duolock attached #1/0 treble
Removable/Changeable Skirts for alternate presentations

Here's a link to the Fish Creek Spinners web store to check out some of the colors available. Still have a few pictures to take.

Friday, January 20, 2012

How to Hot Drop Powder Coat paint

The Quest continues

Operating out of limited space, you learn to cleanup (or live with clutter).  Seems like everything gets harder when you have to setup and cleanup between jobs.

I've gotten to points of frustration, where Ben and I both started to believe that if somethings not a pain in the ass, you must be doing it wrong. LOL.

In this case, let's talk about powder coat painting and lessons learned. I've been circling the bowl, learning stuff and refining skills. My learning strategy hasn't changed much over the years. Jump in, hit a few ditches, and finally keep it on the road. Even if you do a little weaving while you straighten it out.

Enough Intro. Back to the task at hand - sharing information about my experiences powder painting spinner components.

Buy them painted

I've bought them painted. Adds cost and my spinners have a bunch of components. More components = more Noise = more Cost. Quality wasn't that good on top of it. You might have to re-bake them.

Pay to have them painted

I've had them professionally done. Again, adds cost. These were sweet, done locally, no shipping cost. But you end up with choices. Green ones may not sell and now what do I do with all these little beauties?

Still, this might be the best end game if you have limited colors and turn over a lot of inventory. Cheaper and far better quality (IMO) then buying them painted. But...

They turned out nice, but were a pain to prepare and then separate. I strung lots of parts on 6ft lengths of stainless wire. Lots of them.

DIY, Paint your own

First, take a deep breath and get in the zone.

To test feasibility, I started dipping in the 2oz bottles. Had potential, and was fun. Built some tools. Bought some assets. Definitely good for small jobs. Bad news was different colors behaved differently with heat, IMO. Some orange peeled, some burnt, some over covered, and finally some looked great.  The good news is you can just torch them (wear a respirator) to recover the part and start over. It's labor intensive and stinks. Also, don't drop one in your lap.

What you going to do, when you got a passion?

People recommended fluid beds and heat guns, but I ignored them. Still cleaning the ditches.

Bought more assets. Saw a powder spray gun, bought it. Needed a compressor, bought it. Needed a spray booth, made one. See where this is going? Still not a professional job. Under coverage, parts too hot, orange peeling, etc. Setup and Cleanup was a pain, forcing you to play the make a bunch at a time card. Slippery slope, you end up back with color choices burning inventory.  I did end up with some new assets though. Never hurts to have tools.

After the Spray gun period, (the setup and cleanup lesson). I dug up the fluid bed comments again.

I could buy one from paint vender, but found forum posts showing a couple DIY versions. I was feeling a little asset rich in the paint department.

Still having fun in DIY land, I headed for Lowe's and Home Depot, eventually Hobby Lobby. Saw what they had and cobbled together my list.

Kind of Top to Bottom (with a picture)

3in Test Cap (used as top cover for storage)
3in PVC cut to 1 in length (for Cap to fit snug)
3in x 2in pvc reducer (top bowl of reservoir)
2in pvc riser (cut about 2in long - used to get some extra depth )
2in pvc coupler  (you need a filter to distribute air flow and contain powder - more later)
2in PVC riser (cut to 1.5in long - bottom air chamber)
2in Test cap (epoxy to bottom)

Do It Yourself Fluid Bed 

That's a picture from my window well photo studio, LOL. Great indirect light.

The fluid bed plan is to pump air up through the powder paint, fluff it up and even out part coverage when dipping - a bed of fluid powder. Air flow separates the powder in a suspension of air. Sounds cozy, right? Cozy, but meant to evenly coat parts and avoid dripping when baking.

You need to get an air feed into that bottom 2in PVC riser.

I had the R2D2 wonder compressor that I bought for the spray gun, so my first attempt was to try to use that. Which meant? Figure something out, then Spin the Wheel and try it out.

The line used by the spray gun was a 'fine' line (very narrow I.D.). Drilled a hole, got romantic with all the male and female fittings I had. Built FrankenFitting and epoxied it to the hole I drilled in the bottom riser.

Used a coffee filter as a filter (per a forum recommendation I had found). Dumped in some powder, stirred it up and hit the switch. Volcano erupted. Table top covered with Orange Fluorescent powder. Messy.

Maybe this thin 'fine' line was providing too much direct air pressure, even with the regulator low. The compressor came with another bigger line. Hobby compressor fittings are hard to find. Especially when you're in learn as you go mode. Different tools use proprietary fittings. Hobby shops don't stock fittings. Get the picture?

That's the nice thing about standards, there are so many to choose from.. I still have hope for that bigger air hose, but this project had a deadline and I was on underway. This ship had sailed. Take a note for V3 and keep rowing.

Went to Pet Smart and bought a small aquarium pump and one of those tiny bubble air stones. Cut another PVC riser, drilled a hole, fed the pumps air line into the hole and seated the air stone into it. Then pushed it back out to seal the hole. Seems to work fine, or good enough.

Aquarium air pump lined up for duty.

Replaced the riser being careful not to disconnect filter joint. Well maybe didn't do that once.

Crossed my fingers, and plugged it in. No volcano! Stirred the powder and got a small volcano, air was flowing. Powder must be fluffing cozily in a bed of fluid air. Sure can't tell to look at it.

The coffee filter seemed a little porous and skimpy to me. Especially after the joint separation lesson. I ended up replacing it with a furnace filter cloth. Then gluing it to the top risers bottom ridge. Much better, more stable.

Paint coverage consistency was much better. But the process still had labor issues and problems showed baking the little buggers.

I was using closed loop spinner wires to hold the parts as they were being dipped. I also built some custom dippers. I like to build stuff, what can I say.

When you heat a part hot enough to melt plastic powder paint, the dipper wire or tool gets real hot too. Guess what? Plastic paint bonds to 'real good' to hot wire. It was a wrestling match to separate the nicely coated parts. I found that even without baking the part, it was a pain to get them off the wire when I was heating it at it's resting place before dipping.

This is were the post title comes from - Hot Drop. I found you can suspend the part about mid way up the wire, resting it on a pliers. Fire it up, holding the wire with your fingers on top. Keeping the pliers kind of open will let you spin it and rotate while its getting the flame. Stainless wire seems to dissipate heat good (the ends stay cool). Hold on top with your favored hand, heat that baby up, rolling it with your fingers. Then drop it off the pliers to cool wire at the bottom. Quickly swish the part the air cushioned fluid bath. Problem solved.

Part coats nicely, and can be pretty easily removed from the wire. You'll figure it out. To each his own ditch.

Stainless Wire Part Dipper (SWPD) -
Stainless Wire All-Purpose Tool (SWAT)
If you want to get tough powder paint jobs you can't avoid the time in the oven and even dry powder paint on the dip wire can cause separation anxiety once baked.

Being a small friendly and adaptive business with more time then money, I choose to move them on to clean wires before baking. Nice paint jobs and less part wrestling. Much better outcome.

Heres's V2 of the Oven Hanger. V1 was hanging parts from the Oven rafters. This one slide in.

Office Clip Pinch hangers.

I love my job!

Here's a link to some finished products. Metal Spinner Assortments - plenty of color choices

Cheers and Noise on the Line!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Depth Charge - new ice fishing glow spinner

Ice fishing glow spinner - Depth Charge

Heavier then they look. These inch and a half, all metal spinners weigh a 1/4oz.

This weight will create quite a churn as they're dropped. The larger propeller causes the metal head and eyes to spin in the opposite direction (maybe I should call them Regan's - remember the Exorcist?). Anyways, while jigged up they'll spin. Plus clack hitting the bottom of your stroke. Notice the eye silhouettes against the glow background at rest. Nice target.

Six glow colors available in the Web Store Stay tuned for Assortment pricing.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Assorted Array's - Spinner Combo's

After the serendipitous discovery to use HTML tables as containers for spinner combo's late last year, the work began last weekend.

Cross-Model Multi-Color Large Spinner Assortments
I came up with about 7 organizations (so far) or ways to combine the spinners, grouping by multi-color model, Multi-model color, or combining classes and weights.

Each assortment has between 6 to 12 variations, like model or color, to choose from in the grid.

Understanding the size of the set, I sat down to figure out how to name the image files, how to size them on a page, and how to describe them. Then I started writing HTML...

Here's samples of the eight. If you want to see the variations in each Assorted Set, there'll be a link at the bottom of the post. These pictures are just one example of each.

Oh yeah, there is active January Spinner drawing blog post. Comment to Enter, the more the merrier!

Assortment 1 - Cross-Model Smaller Spinner color collections
Fish Creek Spinners Assortment 1 in Blues - 12 varieties
Assortment 2 - Cross-Model all weights color selection

Fish Creek Spinners Assortment 2 in Greens - 7 varieties
Assortment 3 - Cross-Model Larger Spinners (1/4 to 1/2oz)
Fish Creek Spinners Assortment 3 Mixed Color Larger Spinners - 3 variations
Assortment 4 -  Cross-Model Single Color Smaller Spinners (1/12 - 1/8oz)

Fish Creek Spinners Assortment 4 - Single Color theme Small Spinners - 6 variations
Assortment 5 - Multi-Color Single Model
Fish Creek Spinners Assortment 5 - single model multi-color 1/10oz Hot Rods - 6 variations
Assortment 6 - Glass Armadillos - Multi-Model Single Color

Fish Creek Spinners Assortment 6 - Orange Glass Armadillo's - 10 variations
Assortment 7 - Metal Armadillos - Multi-Model Single Color
Fish Creek Spinners Assortment 7 - Lime Metal Armadillo's - 9 variations.

Here's a link the New 'Assortment' Category. It was a catch22 of multiple spinner pricing.

These tables sure organized the Category. Here's a link drilling into one of the Assortment details to see its variations. Still have to build out a couple more Glow spinners!

Did I mention that the assortments are priced below the sum of the parts!

Noise on the Line and Happy New Year!