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Jordan Mills

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About Jordan Mills

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  • Birthday 07/08/1995

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It seems like there's a new one to tell every year.
  • Location
    Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Biography
    I am just another person who loves to decorate out there. I always have Christmas on my mind and I'm always searching for new things to add to my display. Aside from Christmas, I am a drummer that's played for ten years at my church. I also manage all of the stage lighting at my church.
  • Interests
    drums, music, Christmas lights, blow molds
  • Occupation
    student
  • About my display
    I like to have a lot of color in my display and movement so I use twinkling lights and many multi-color lights. One of the bigger things I have started to get into is the blow molds. I think blow molds can really make somebody's display spectacular. My blow mold count has increased quite a bit over the course of 8 years. It started at five blow molds, but has grown to over 120 in 8 years. My light count has grown quite a bit over the years as well. I started with about 3000 lights but have grown close to 30,000 lights over the course of 8 years.
  1. Halloween

    The witch's paint scheme did make it to production because I was able to buy several of them that were production molds. The biggest difference between a production mold and a sample mold will be in the quality of the paint job. Samples will have crisp lines that were taped in painting, and many will have a clear top coat to protect the paint. Both of your witches look like production molds to me because I can see some overspray in the paint job.
  2. Halloween

    I have not been contacted by him yet, but someone else has given me his contact information. I probably need to take some better pictures of some of the molds if they are going to go on blow-molded.com. Did GenFoam have anything to say today about those molds? I think most of us were thinking exactly what you were thinking. I had no idea they had been experimenting with different plastics and paints to bring some much needed variety to the blow mold selection in stores.
  3. Halloween

    Here are pictures of most of the sample/prototype molds Here are some pictures of the ones that all of you had the most questions about.
  4. Halloween

    Mel, I'm glad you found that information. I do think that the ones I have are one-of-a-kind in color though as I am pretty sure that the ones they produced were done in orange plastic instead of green and purple plastic. I have only ever seen the orange ones on eBay, and they are usually pretty old, or look pretty old if you come across them on there. I will be posting better pictures of these in the near future for everyone to get a better look at them. I just need to find some extra hours in the day!
  5. Halloween

    Mel, when I bought those from GF, the lady working there told me that they produced the mold many years ago. I don't know if that means that GF could actually be the original producer of it, but she did say that they produced it. They are marked GF on the bottom of the mold, but that doesn't mean that GF is the original producer of those molds. These molds also did not come with original light cords. I had to buy those separate. They do appear to be hand-painted sample molds though. I have visited Tulsa, OK which is pretty close to Broken Arrow. It's a little hot there for my liking though! I think it would cost a fortune to transport all of my molds there too! I think I have around 500 molds now between halloween, christmas, and easter. I still can't believe I've been able to buy some of these molds. The only reason I have been able to get many of these molds though is because GF is scheduled to shut down at the end of this year. Many of the molds I've bought were never intended to be sold to the public, and were simply GF experiments and customer samples.
  6. Halloween

    I was nervous about having some of them out but I do have security cameras so if anyone tried to take them, they would be caught on camera. I only had the molds out for a week and Linus was only out for 2-3 hours while there were trick-or-treaters. Linus does not have a light because it is a 3-D print. There is a place on the back where the light kit would go but it is not cut out. The plastic is so thick on it that it would not have lit well anyways because it is not blow molded plastic. Had the mold actually been mass produced, it probably would have looked really good lit up. It actually weighs 20+ pounds or so because the plastic is so thick on it. I will post better pictures of it, front and back, later on when I have some more time on my hands.
  7. Halloween

    There is still another one of these out there! I was only able to buy one and I know there were at-least two of these made. Not sure who else bought the 3-D print, but someone has the other one.
  8. Halloween

    The Linus came from GFP and is a 3-D print prototype. I do know that the Linus and many of the other molds are quite valuable and do promise to take very good care of them. All of the gargoyles and tombstones are unique from each other as they have different plastic makeups and paint. In fact, many of the molds you see are actually General Foam sample molds that have been hand-painted, or are experimental molds using different plastic color combinations. The pumpkins with owls and pumpkins with cat are all molds. These are prototype/samples with a different color plastic than what was ever mass produced. I believe the ones mass produced had orange plastic. They are General Foam as far as I know. I have been buying all of these molds from General Foam's clearance/liquidation sale in Norfolk. I have spent a ton of money there and made almost a dozen 3 hour round trips there, but I think it has been worth it since I have been able to buy so many molds that were never intended to be sold to the public. The green and red tombstones are the actual plastic colors. They said they were experimenting with the plastics when it comes to the different colored molds. I do plan on sharing more pictures in the future and giving all of you more details into what I have bought from GF. I have bought around 350 new molds from them this year which has cost a fortune, but I have ended up with some really cool pieces. I think you all with really enjoy some of the one-of-a-kind molds I will be showing all of you in the coming weeks and months.
  9. Halloween

    I figured I would share my Halloween display with all of you this year. I have acquired more than 60 new Halloween molds this year from General Foam Plastics! This is my first year putting up a large Halloween display and I think it was a success. We had lots of great comments and compliments from the trick-or-treaters and their parents tonight!
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