This is my design for a size 3.0 squid jig.
Use glow in the dark PLA for better performance at night.
The first thing to do is to print the parts, and get the other hardware together.
You will need:
- Wire for the nose ring (I used stainless lock wire)
- Lead for the keel weight. You can use a sinker, or any lead really, bash it into shape. This needs to weigh around 4 grams.
- Barb crown for the tail. You can either cut up a small pencil jig, or get a new set of barbs.
The best I've found are Harimitsu brand, you can get these here: http://www.fishonproshop.com.au/fishonproshop/SelectProd.do?prodId=657
The parts go together like this.
Glue the two halves together, with the nose ring and lead keel in place. Leave the barbs out for now, you can put them in later.
Have fun with masking out the lure and painting it. Ensure that you sand the layer lines off before painting.
Glue the eyes in after painting. I print the eyes in black filament, so that there is less to paint. You can use whatever colour you like, obviously.
After painting, you can cover the lure in a layer of clear epoxy. Keeping the lure rotating for a couple of hours can keep the coat more even, and eliminate drips. This is a simple setup to keep the lure rotating while the glue cures.
Finally, glue in some feathers and the barb at the back, and you're ready to catch some squid!