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Broken Blow Mold

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Yesterday I went into my sisters old grainery and found 2 candles and two soldiers. one soldier was was broke complety into. I was wondering if there was any way to fix it or is it just best to throw it away??

Christmas isn't a season it's a feeling!

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Well it more depends on how comfortable you feel doing repairs like this and if you have the skills and tools for it. It can be repaired but sounds like this will take some time and patience to do.

I have a plastic welder that I use to fix broken blowmolds so I have done some fairly detailed repairs on mine over the last couple of years.

Take some good pictures and post and let others see what the damage looks like and then you will get a better yah/nay opinion on whether a repair is doable of not.

Bill

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Model airplane glue works wonders on blowmolds. It is really cheap and you can find it at hobby lobby or michael's. Just make sure you buy the red tube and not the blue tube. Dry fit the soilders together a couple of times first and take a knife and remove all loose plastic. After that glue it together and hold it for a few mins. It is nice to have a couple of people if possible to make sure it is held tight all the way around. The main thing to remeber is a little glue goes a long way do not use too muchand only apply glue to one side. This glue works by melting plastic together so one shot is all you will get so make it count.

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Model airplane glue works wonders on blowmolds. It is really cheap and you can find it at hobby lobby or michael's. Just make sure you buy the red tube and not the blue tube. Dry fit the soilders together a couple of times first and take a knife and remove all loose plastic. After that glue it together and hold it for a few mins. It is nice to have a couple of people if possible to make sure it is held tight all the way around. The main thing to remeber is a little glue goes a long way do not use too muchand only apply glue to one side. This glue works by melting plastic together so one shot is all you will get so make it count.

Thanks so much for the ideas. I have never even heard of a plastic welder. I guess with Christmas decorations anything is possible~~

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