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Big J Illinois

Redoing the Union candycanes

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Picked these up and redid them. Will have a total of 14 in the display this year.Before is the bottom pic and the pics show how they look now, also did some customized strips on 4 of the 14. 10 will stay original

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Thanks, need to order 14 sets of the double cords and appx 40 of the single ones yet. Waiting on Dollar Tree, Dollar General ect to get them in...hopefully

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Last year I got lucky with a guy on eBay with double cords. He even offered discount with multiples when you ordered. I know that’s rare for eBay but maybe he will sell again this fall on eBay. 

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Sadly, I will never have the patience it takes to do that, especially the customized two.  Those are incredible!

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I just stripped my first blow mold.. Candy cane just like yours. I was scared. I have to fix some holes on the bottom and then paint. Yours look really good. 

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I did my first two this summer. A polar bear and a large snowman. Did you use easy off oven cleaner?  I read somewhere on one of the post here that it works and it really does a wonderful job!

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On 10/9/2017 at 3:37 PM, Big J Illinois said:

Picked these up and redid them. Will have a total of 14 in the display this year.Before is the bottom pic and the pics show how they look now, also did some customized strips on 4 of the 14. 10 will stay original

Those look great!  I remember the first time I saw the picture with the blue tape.  I didn't realize it was tape and I was thinking why did he do that?  heh heh....

TED

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That tape works great. I have to say, it was super fun to do, almost theurputic hahahaha, I also enjoy gong through strings of lights that only half work and figure it out, even the LED ones. You wouldn't belive how many I have fixes over the years and work as good as the day they where built. 

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