Air Brushing Popper Heads with Sharpies

Jesseg122

Active Member
Watching some other videos using the duster can method I would prefer the an actual air bush kit. Mainly because seeing how there's so much you have to do and have more chances of fumbling with it all and the time it takes compared to just hitting it a couple times with a regular airbrush.
 
I have been using the duster method with COPIC markers...It works alright if you're just making a few poppers but I wouldn't recommend this method in the long run.

The cans of duster get ice cold real fast even with short bursts. Once the can gets chilly the air flow is drastically decreased leaving you waiting for the can to warm back up. You really need a handful of duster cans to cycle through.

I found that there's quite a bit of a learning curve with this method and in turn trashed a handful of my first popper heads. I would recommend the airbrush kit if you plan on making poppers regularly!

The poppers in the photos were made with the duster and COPIC marker method and finished with Loon's "Soft Head" for a glossy and durable finish.
 

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long_rod_silvers

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I have been using the duster method with COPIC markers...It works alright if you're just making a few poppers but I wouldn't recommend this method in the long run. The cans of duster get ice cold real fast even with short bursts. Once the can gets chilly the air flow is drastically decreased leaving you waiting for the can to warm back up. You really need a handful of duster cans to cycle through. I would recommend the airbrush kit if you plan on making poppers regularly!
Thanks! Very helpful!
 
Those air brushed popper heads are incredible to look at, but I can't help but wonder how much of that detail is at all necessary when it comes to catching fish.
Agreed! The detail is definitely more for the angler than the fish in my opinion. I made one style with tiger stripes and the other to look like a watermelon slice with little seeds on the bottom.
 
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Agreed! The detail is definitely more for the angler than the fish in my opinion. I made one style with tiger stripes and the other to look like a watermelon slice with the little seed on the bottom.
I want to believe that overall profile/shape and action of a fly are more important than color shades, tones and detail work.
 

long_rod_silvers

WFF Supporter
I tried this. Definitely a learning curve as mentioned above. But, I liked the results and will likely try and continue with this. That is until I can convince my wife that my 12 year old aspiring artist son needs an airbrush set, hahahaha!
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Those turned out great! Let me know how that conversation with the wife goes. Going to need to take notes cause I may be having the same one soon.....
 

SilverFly

Active Member
Cool idea. Maybe a bit "rustic" compared to an airbrush, but the effect looks good and you don't have to deal with a compressor or mixing paints. Pens are cheap and ready to use.
 

Northern

It's all good.
WFF Supporter
Kinda fond of nail polish, myself. Infinite colors, metallics, etc.
I figure my lack of artistic finesse is matched by the lack of discretion generally demonstrated by hungry bass.
Sally Hanson InstaDry only takes a minute to dry to the touch. The clear coat is also good for a quick brush over any UV resin that still feels tacky or greasy*.
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*Note: Don't use nail polish to top coat over Sharpie-colored heads! Some of them will dissolve marker and mess up both your popper and the nail brush.
 

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