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Mel Fischer

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Been busy making bags for the blow molds again.  The Santa's Best AA Mrs Claus bag is 36" x 66" and the AA Santa bag is 36" x 72".  The plastic sealer I bought several months ago for making the bags is a dream for making these extra large bags of heavy plastic without any help needed.

Mel

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Fortunately no smoke, at least not yet.  We had enough of that last summer with smoke from Oregon, eastern Washington and British Colombia, my wife has COPD and I have emphysema and we were confined indoors for several days at that time.

Thanks for the compliment on the bags, I have made more of the extra large bags today since making the post.

Mel

 

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No secret, I get the plastic from a couple of mattress stores, it comes from mattresses they have sold and they throw out the protective cover from the mattresses that they have sold and delivered.  I received permission from the stores to collect the plastic from their dumpsters.  Some of the plastic is in bad shape but other pieces are in good condition.  the two large bags in the picture were made from one piece of plastic from a mattress.  The plastic comes in different thicknesses, these happen to be the thicker type.

The sealer I bought seals 12" at a time and is foot operated so I do not need the help I needed when using the small food sealer that I originally used.  The heat time is adjustable for sealing different thicknesses of plastic and the stand that came with it is at a height that I can sit comfortably on a chair while sealing the plastic to make the bags which makes it easy to make the 5 - 6 foot long bags.  I still need to make a couple of longer bags for a couple of life size wisemen.  The sealer I have is like the one in this eBay auction.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-110V-12-Foot-Pedal-Impulse-Sealer-Heat-Seal-Machine-Plastic-Bag-Sealing-US/401488401210?hash=item5d7a92d33a:g:HkcAAOSww-BacNwo:rk:1:pf:0

I do wonder at times how many of the people who spend many hours stripping and repainting their blow molds large or small actually think about protecting them in the off season from scuffs and scrapes from banging them around while putting them away with bags so they will continue to look great.

Mel

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Can it do down to 2mill plastic or thinner? I think matters plastic I think is 6mil. Thanks for all the good information. I been  cleaning the ones that did not come in bags. Before I put them out. 

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Yes, I think it would do 2 mil and possibly less, I do not know what the mil is on most of the plastic that I have used is but I have done thinner plastic then what General Foam, Union Products, etc. used for their bags.  The only bags I use the thicker mattress plastic for are the large ones like in the picture.  For some of the mattresses they use a much thinner plastic.  I know you can use plastic as thin as a bread plastic bag as I have occasionally used them for temporary bags for other things.  I have also used it to make padded bags out of bubble wrap.

I just went on Amazon and read the questions and reviews on this sealer and an answer to one of the questions said that they use it on 2 mil.  The reviews are mixed from good to bad as expected but I have been very satisfied with ours, it is better then what I expected and I have not had some of the problems some reviewers complain about.  I did have a problem with the heating element (wire) and the seller refunded enough money to purchase two new elements on eBay which were easy for me to find.  As it turned out, I was able to fix the original wire problem and am still using that original one and have the two from eBay as spares if needed.  The problem I had was that one end piece was not clamped on the wire tight enough and it came off, I clamped a new one on and it is still working after making well over a  bags with it.  These are the replacement elements that I bought.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/PFS-300-2-x-12-Impulse-Heat-Sealer-Replacement-Element-Kits-Fast-US-Ship/182665535112?hash=item2a87b6de88:g:iM0AAOxypNtSh8Lz:sc:USPSFirstClass!98277!US!-1:rk:1:pf:0

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Not all that much work compared to what it was before purchasing the new sealer.  Now the main work is in measuring and cutting the plastic but then it is to each his own in caring for their blow molds.

Mel

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1 hour ago, Mel Fischer said:

Not all that much work compared to what it was before purchasing the new sealer.  Now the main work is in measuring and cutting the plastic but then it is to each his own in caring for their blow molds.

Mel

I totally agree.  Started bagging my Halloween this year.  And I am very mad in myself not keeping the original bags from GFP.  

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If I recall correctly, when GF closed their doors they had cases of bags there for the taking.
Mel

Rolls. Yes. I grabbed a bunch every chance I got when I was there lol


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On 11/16/2018 at 3:41 PM, Mel Fischer said:

Been busy making bags for the blow molds again.  The Santa's Best AA Mrs Claus bag is 36" x 66" and the AA Santa bag is 36" x 72".  The plastic sealer I bought several months ago for making the bags is a dream for making these extra large bags of heavy plastic without any help needed.

Mel

Great looking  bags as usual!  I wish I had one of those green witches.  I have one that I think is from the same mold but it's the white version.  (I think the painted areas are the same.)

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On 12/5/2018 at 2:46 PM, Mel Fischer said:

Not all that much work compared to what it was before purchasing the new sealer.  Now the main work is in measuring and cutting the plastic but then it is to each his own in caring for their blow molds.

Mel

I order a sealer and it works great. There is a art to get the bag to look normal:) I been playing with it yesterday and made a bunch of bag. I am still trying to get down a way to do it right! It been alsome thus far. About half of my molds don’t have bags. So after I clean a few. Then I make a few bags. I went to Home Depot and got 3.5mil clear plastic sheet. It not as nice as Mel’s but it works. My goal is to get mine a nice as Mel’s.

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Your bags look great to me, a lot of the looks for the sealing of the edges has to do with the setting of the time of the seal.  When I have a piece of plastic that I am not sure how long to set the time for I use a scrap piece and start at a low setting and adjust from there until I am satisfied with the seal, then I use that setting to make the bag.  Doesn't take long at all to do that.

My wife and I grow a vegetable garden every year and use a vacuum sealer for bagging and freezing the vegetables for winter use and I also make clear plastic bags for separating the different vegetables in the freezer to make it easier to find them.  We also do the same with meat that we buy in bulk at times.  Just to clarify things, we use the regular store bought vacuum seal bags that we buy direct from Foodsaver when they have them on sale for the vegetables and meat, the bags I make for the freezer are what we put the vacuum sealed food in to keep it organized.  That's just another use we have for the bag sealer along with making bags for other things at times for storing items.

Mel

 

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