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    Hi everyone. I was quite scared to fix this mold as i did not know how well it would go! I purchased the mold last year and it was in an awful state, i think it must have been sat outside for many years. So this week i stripped it down and did a full paint job! Its my first real attempt to restore a mold and im quite happy with it! It probably could be better but id love to hear what you guys think of it! I'll probably display him this year :) 

     

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    P.s sorry the photos are not in order but you can see which is the "before" i started picture! (I hope!) haha 

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    That's just like the original according to this offering on eBay.  Want to see how much your labor is worth?  The asking price for the one on eBay along with the shipping is $70

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    I recently acquired three Christmas candles by UP but two didn't come with the flames.  A search of eBay showed just one for $18 that might fit.  That's more than what I paid an entire Empire candle (including shipping) that I got from Wisconsin recently.  I got the idea that the flame tops for a couple of driveway marker lights might work.  They are the same size as the original.  It didn't take much cobbling to get them to fit.  I already switched over other candles from incandescent to LED so it's not a new idea.  Even if I had to sacrifice a new set of driveway marker lights, they are only $15 for a set of 5 at Lowes. 

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciate it! :D 

    16 hours ago, Rich in Las Vegas said:

    That's just like the original according to this offering on eBay.  Want to see how much your labor is worth?  The asking price for the one on eBay along with the shipping is $70

    blow-mold-santa-head-70-d0llard.jpg

     

    I recently acquired three Christmas candles by UP but two didn't come with the flames.  A search of eBay showed just one for $18 that might fit.  That's more than what I paid an entire Empire candle (including shipping) that I got from Wisconsin recently.  I got the idea that the flame tops for a couple of driveway marker lights might work.  They are the same size as the original.  It didn't take much cobbling to get them to fit.  I already switched over other candles from incandescent to LED so it's not a new idea.  Even if I had to sacrifice a new set of driveway marker lights, they are only $15 for a set of 5 at Lowes. 

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    They look so good, i love the idea of using the pathway lights as flames. Would like to see what they look like lit up at night too, i might consider selling him on ebay but i find it hard to part with them sometimes haha. Thanks for the feedback ! :D 

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    22 hours ago, Dwait1 said:

    Hi everyone. I was quite scared to fix this mold as i did not know how well it would go! I purchased the mold last year and it was in an awful state, i think it must have been sat outside for many years. So this week i stripped it down and did a full paint job! Its my first real attempt to restore a mold and im quite happy with it! It probably could be better but id love to hear what you guys think of it! I'll probably display him this year :) 

     

    IMG_3288.JPG

    IMG_3289.PNG

    IMG_3290.JPG

    IMG_3291.JPG

    IMG_3294.JPG

    P.s sorry the photos are not in order but you can see which is the "before" i started picture! (I hope!) haha 

    Looks great.

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