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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Walking around grandma's Christmas wonderland
  • Location
    Asheville, NC
  • Biography
    Enjoys blending old and new alike.
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    science's, world interests, and Christmas decorating.
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  • About my display
    Brand new enthusiast- typical l.e.d mixed with incandescent, 200ft. of Gemmy lightshow multicolor icicles and C9. 100+ blow molds.

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  1. Easter!

    Fantastic! They're so beautiful!
  2. What is this?

    Thankfully, this photo is the most prime example you could have submitted to us. Of any and all locations on the candle- this one would have been the least exposed to UV radiation. There would undoubtedly be some example of any shade of red, pink, or orange. If you can take a photo of what appears to be a shade of red, it may add a different perspective. I mean my disagreement in the most constructive and respectful of manners, and greaty appreciate the opportunity to be able to be involved in a discussion with such knowledgeable others, and those whom have opportunities to show the world what otherwise might go unknown. Look for some additional stamping, though I do not believe it was always added after the molding creation, prior to painting such as the example I've included. It would not be safe to say these are pre 68' or that it is a prototype. I can respectfully say that I may be very well completely incorrect, I walk by faith and am led by sight- and acknowledge that I sometimes mix up the two lol.
  3. What is this?

    Looks like there were multiple versions. Solid red plastic, and solid white plastic with paint.
  4. What is this?

    I'd still not dismiss the possibility of an alternative paint color. It still looks as if no red would have ever existed on those mustard yellow candles. Both union and empire have come out with less than savory alternative paint schemes such exactly as, mustard, chocolate brown, tan, and even black.
  5. What is this?

    Severe red paint breakdown often(used by Empire) fades to burnt orange and deteriorates through the color spectrum, or fades light red to pink, and leaves easily visible and very evident 'cast' fading- as would be created by unequal UV exposure. You can be gaurenteed that these type of UV shadow castings would be apparent, or that type of paint breakdown would be showing. We all know- no blow mold is diplayed equally.
  6. What is this?

    There's very little fading on what would be the front. None around the bottom near the back of the lower cord port. Thr yellow plastic flames even experience fading under heavy UV exposure. Zero.
  7. What is this?

    Some of the other folks might be able to give advice on airbrushing. Still requires taping for the most part. You could try some brush paints, but for the most part they will all be too think. I've brushed on spray paint after I sprayed it into a cup for quick fix's Here's a snowman that I painted without needing to strip. https://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/topic/59425-my-repainted-46-snowman/
  8. What is this?

    Right on, that's awesome! Though, in my humble opinion, I do believe it would have been that slightly distasteful yellow color originally. Which I bet is why I've never seen one, it was a highly unpopular color- but boy I would love to my hands on that for repaint! *I'd leave it white I believe, paint the crosshatch and bows red, and the bells yellow. Maybe some variation. Use a very mild stripper, I believe I've even heard use of oven cleaner does very well at taking the paint right off. *70's, 80's, or 90's, could have been earlier on within those decades or close to the latest. Id say in the middle though- 78'-88'.
  9. Lighting 16" eggs

    Thanks folks, I'll think of some other creative alternatives with the existing sockets and cords I already have. The plastic is much more dense however, and the purple and blue bulbs will most likely retain the majority of cast light so I'll be going for high wattage. Hence the more economical led w/ e27 base.
  10. Lighting 16" eggs

    The four 16" eggs in the first photo came from a discount dollar store called 'Fred's' that is in the neighboring city of Canton, beside of me here in the town of Candler, western-most part of the city of Asheville, NC. $5 each. They had two of each color, pink, purple, blue, and yellow. The 15 eggs in the second photo I watched and waited all summer 2016 as an ebay seller incrementally dropped the price $10 every month until they were $30 shipped down from $80 shipped. I was fortunate, they had three lots, I was able to get the last. So much dilligence must be used in order to be able to moderately afford collector pricing. The other two online lots sold for 50 and 40 the months prior to my fall purchase.
  11. Lighting 16" eggs

    I'm overlooking the thread where someone posted photos of their jumbo C-9 Christmas bulb which they used a lamp kit and pvc pieces to create a fixture. Could someone lend some assistance, sincere apologies. I've gotta get these guys lit soon. Could anyone recommend an online website for moderately priced lamp kits? Thanks for any and all assistance lended- Eric.
  12. Latest Finds

    Excellent find!
  13. Angel variations

    Have you seen this one. I think it's beautiful. Course they all are.
  14. Rotating blow mold train lighting?

    Amazing video! Thanks to you both so much for the inquiry and potential remedy! I'm unable to do any such project, but have ran into similar dilemmas!
  15. Late 2016 photos

    Thank you all. I've been trying to think vertically.
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