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cutting decals for foam body flies

wiggle minnow decals lure tape

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#1 BostonTroutGuy



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 07:17 AM

Hi all,


I am still tinkering with foam bodied wiggle minnows. Inspired by the article on G&G, I have been experimenting with using holographic lure tape, however, cutting free hand with scissors I can never get a nice-looking, symmetrical shape to affix to the top and bottom of the body. I wonder if anyone has tips for cutting decals in order to get a nice, elongated oval shape? Perhaps there are stencils that people use? Any tips are greatly appreciated, as always.


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#2 Kentuckysteve


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 07:36 AM

I have never cut these decals but i think an x-acto knife would do a great job.Probably better than scissors would.


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#3 agn54


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 07:40 AM

Have you tried just wrapping the entire body with the tape, like how is often done with a Bob's Banger?

#4 flytire


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:17 AM

i dont think the fish will care if its not "perfectly symmetrical"


buy them pre shaped




well where do i get them?


bass pro shop, cabelas, lure making online stores etc

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#5 heavynets


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:33 AM

Draw any design out with a simple cad program like tinkercad (tinkercad.com). Print the design and affix it to the material you want to cut. Then use sissors or an x-acto knife to cut out the design.

#6 mikechell



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 11:14 AM

If you eat breakfast cereal, save the next box you empty.  Strong, thick cardboard that makes excellent stencils for tracing or cutting around.  

Using a piece of foam, take your time and trim in a perfect body shape.

Once you've got a shape you want, trace it onto the cardboard and carefully cut it out.

Use the cardboard cut out to trace onto foam (or decal material) for scissor cutting, or as a guide for Exacto knife cutting.

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 01:31 PM

Google "shapes".


copy and paste into a word document or whatever software. transfer the shape to your prism tape




be creative

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#8 Al Beatty

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 09:06 AM

If you are looking for tools to cut your own foam "shapes" then I suggest two places to look, Harbor Freight and Tandy Leather. The elongated punches used in leather work can do a really good job if you get the right sizes. Take care & ...

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