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  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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I was in my Micheal's store today and they had all of their krylon fusion on clearance for $1.99...my shelves were bare except one can of some ugly green.

Maybe some of ya'll will have better luck...

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Hey Jen, Can I use krylon fusion to paint white led lights for the custom wire frames Doug P is making for me?

I don't think you can paint the LED light if thats what you mean.I took a C7 colored cover & tried it on a white LED light.Didn't show the color of the cover when lit.

When I painted regular mini lights I used a bottle of glass paint & dipped them.

Thanks Jen!

I will have to check at my store.

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Thanks Pep and Jen, I had tuned into the North Carolina mini (they had it streamed online, I am NOT a psychic!LOL) and thought I remembered something about using krylon fusion to paint lights. And Mike I am using LEDs on 7 custom made Disney wire frames and because you can't swap out most brands of LED bulbs I am going to either have to paint them with stained glass paint or krylon fusion paint which thanks to Pepper I know is not such a good idea. My other option is combo clips from Valerie at http://www.christmas-leds.com/category.aspx?categoryID=336 , I just don't know what her colors look like, I think there are 3 shades of pink and 2 of orange and figuring how many of each that I would need would be a nightmare. Thanks

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I don't think you can paint the LED light if thats what you mean.I took a C7 colored cover & tried it on a white LED light.Didn't show the color of the cover when lit.

When I painted regular mini lights I used a bottle of glass paint & dipped them.

Thanks Jen!

I will have to check at my store.

At the risk of sounding artistically challenged, where do you get this glass paint, and is it in little craft size bottles, or do you have to buy gallons at a time? Also, to repaint old lights, would you have to dip them in lacquer thinner (or whatever) first?

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At the risk of sounding artistically challenged, where do you get this glass paint, and is it in little craft size bottles, or do you have to buy gallons at a time? Also, to repaint old lights, would you have to dip them in lacquer thinner (or whatever) first?

Hey Vince, You can get it at Michaels. They have it in spray cans(although the selection near me was seriously lacking) and they also have it in the smaller bottles. I found a color that I never expected to though, It is the the perfect color for Disney's Pluto. I tried it out yesterday and I must say it worked very well. I am painting LEDs with the plastic pinecone covers on them, so I can't really say how it would work on glass incandescents, I don't know if the heat of the incandescents would affect the paint either. I think I paid 2 or 3 dollars for the paint so it might be worth it. Come to think of it, they also sold glass magic markers in the same section, that might be another avenue to give a try to. Hope this helps,George

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