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  1. On 12/9/2019 at 8:38 PM, xenon said:

    Congratulations!  That's a great article.  It's nice that they included your comments on why you do the display!

    TED


  2. On 9/20/2019 at 7:34 PM, Irishbaron said:

    I have 3 candy cane blow mold and they take a 2 bulb count of c-7 for outdoors but all I can find is single indoor lights.  Does anybody have any for sell or know where I can buy them.  Thanks in advance.

    It's not clear to me if you are just looking for the bulbs or if you are looking for the cords.  Any store that sells Christmas lights will have C7 replacement bulbs.  (There's no specification of indoor/outdoor for the C7 replacement bulbs.)  If you are looking for replacement cords all you will find (in stores) are the "indoor" cords intended for the little ceramic houses.  Most of them are single socket cords but there are some that have 5 bulbs.  (I don't think you'll find 2 bulb cords.)  Many people use those successfully even though they are technically "indoor" cords.  The only difference between indoor and outdoor rated cords is that outdoor cords have UV inhibitor in the outer insulation.  Therefore indoor cords will not last as long out in the Sun.  In the end you have to decide for yourself and be responsible for the results.  The only way I am aware of that you could find "outdoor" rated cords would be to contact one of the blowmold companies.  That pretty much leaves Cado as the only option.  (There is Pan Asian but i think they are overseas.)  I would use the old cords if at all possible.  If they are lost you might have to use 2 single cords.  There is the option to make your own cords but it would probably not be cost effective for just a few items.  I'll put a few links down here for you.  (Note that the Creative Displays price is higher but it includes shipping.)

    C7 bulbs 7 watt:
    https://www.actionlighting.com/c7-Transparent-Christmas-replacement-bulb/
    https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/c7-candelabra-base-clear-transparent-7-watt-lights/

    C7 bulbs 5 watt::
    https://www.actionlighting.com/C7-Transparent-Christmas-Retrofit-Bulb-5watt/
    https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/c7-candelabra-base-clear-transparent-5-watt-lights/

    Sockets with clip to make your own (out of stock):
    https://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27

    Cado:
    https://www.cadocompany.com/division.html#downloads

    TED

     


  3. On 12/6/2019 at 11:47 AM, donna123 said:

    Thank you so much.  I figured my only other choice was 3.5 bulbs, but that was too much (43 x 3.5).  I wondered why my Walmart sold out of all silhouettes before Thanksgiving.  I bet buying an extra silhouette or 2 for $6.98 is worth having the extra bulbs!!  I'll have to do that next year!!

    I think the 3.5 volt bulbs might work ok.  If you replaced all the bulbs then it might not be as bright as it was but you could just use one to replace the burned out bulb.

    TED


  4. On 12/7/2019 at 3:09 AM, panther93 said:

    I have two vintage Empire Noel Candle blowmolds and I use the 40 watt LED bulbs.

    49 watt seems like a lot compared to what some of the other molders are using.  How does it look?  Do you have a picture?

    TED

    Somebody posted a video recently of using flickering bulbs in candle flames.  I was  looking on eBay to see what I could find.  They are a little pricey but you can get the cost down to just under 3 bucks if you buy a 6 pack.  I didn't do an exhausting search like I tend to do when I'm going to order so you may find a  better price with a little searching.  There's probably a better deal if you buy from one of the direct from China sellers.

    Here's a link to an example:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/352817176568

    TED


  5. On 12/1/2019 at 9:15 AM, Rich in Las Vegas said:

    If you go online and look up "candy cane" under Christmas Yard Decorations you can find out if your local store still has them in stock.  I just looked at the HD store nearest to me (~3 mi away) and they have 7 in stock.  There are 34 in four stores within 10 miles.   Check online before you bother to go.

    The other one is  the $40 Home Accents Holiday 42 in. Christmas Sign with LED Illumination.  There are more than 50 available in the same 4 stores.

    I also looked up Michael's Stores after reading an Ad in today's newspaper.  They have a nice looking soldier "41.3" Lighted Toy Soldier by Ashland" for $28 after the 50% off Black Friday sale and an extra 20% off coupon online but the reviews on the paint quality re horrible. 

    If you  GOTO the Home Depot website and search from the main page for "blow mold" it will show you all the 'molds.  When i was in the Home Depot here they had 4 in stock.  I just checked the website and unfortunately they went back up to $49.

    Thanks for mentioning Michael's.  I hadn't thought to check them. 

    On 12/2/2019 at 5:10 PM, mdpeterman said:

    Wow those LEDs are bright. A little too bright I think. I'll stick with my incandescent C7s for now.  Not saving enough power gong from 7W to 1W per bulb to make it worth it. 

    I'm with you there.  I still have a preference for the incans although there are some  darker 'molds that might benefit from the brighter bulbs.

    On 12/7/2019 at 6:06 PM, BamaSanta said:

    I wish when they made these that they would have made them so you could make them face one another and not having the bends go one way.

    Yeah it would be nice if the light kit went up through the bottom like the Empire/Gen Foam "scary candles".  I think do think you could display them with one turned "backwards".  I don't think the  light sockets would show too much especially from a distance.  If you could run the cord down through the cane on the inside that would help hide it.

    TED


  6. On 12/7/2019 at 11:43 AM, KC.Blow.Mold.Enthusiast said:

    Hello Everyone! I've lurked here off and on for a couple years now and have learned a lot from the discussions.  I recently saw that people are hoping for a bit of a resurgence of the site, so I decided it was time for me to register and contribute what I can.

    Hi Jen,

    Welcome to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum!  You've collected a bunch of really nice 'molds in a fairly short amount of time!  Like the rest of the group I like the candles by the fireplace.  The flames look like the Empire type but I don't recognize the candles.  I like the way you set up your Santa sleigh and reindeer with the reindeer "taking off".  (There have been many discussions on here about different ways to display Santa sleigh and reindeer.)  The little snowmen in the window look like they are laughing at the 3 large snowmen out in the cold.  (Of course who will get the last laugh?)  You've created a very nice well balanced display!

    TED


  7. On 5/30/2019 at 11:20 AM, RichardG said:

    Sadly Linus never made it to production.

    With apologies to anyone who has a different opinion, the saddest thing was the design.  Although the Great Pumpkin is never pictured we do get some sense of it from Linus's description.  it's supposed to be a large creature that flies though the air to deliver toys.  I always imagine him being somewhat scary even though he's delivering toys.  He should have a pumpkin head, a body with arms and legs (maybe slightly scarecrowish) and should be wearing a black cape!  That design is just Linus with a pumpkin helmet leaning on a pumpkin.  The Great  Pumpkin is not just a small jack-o-lantern with a slightly scary face.  i think the thing i hate the most about it is the stupid pumpkin helmet that Linus is wearing.  The whole design is terrible!  i don't have sufficient words to describe just how much I do not like it!

    TED


  8. On 11/21/2019 at 1:27 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    MS L Industries purchased Beco Products in July 1965 and General Foam purchased the Beco molds from MSL  in early 1970.

    Mel

    Oh yes.  I recognize the name now.  Thanks for refreshing my memory!

    TED


  9. On 11/22/2019 at 1:29 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    Donna,

    Yes, they are hard to the touch and they are heavier then regular plastic blow molds.  And yes, $39.95 was expensive in 1961, at that time I was an apprentice electrician and a union journeyman electrician made just over $4 an hour.

    I am happy to say that the ones in the picture are in our collection and last summer we acquired an original box for the set.

    I would speculate that those prices might be comparable to the cost of the fiberglass decorations that are typically sold for commercial use.  They are really nice items to have in your collection!

    On 11/22/2019 at 3:54 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    An honorable profession for anyone who takes pride in their work.  I was only in the trade for about 15 years, we bought a business in 1974 to supplement the income but by 1977 the business was giving us a comfortable income and I left the electrical trade and spent the rest of my working years with the business.  We retired in 1999 and have enjoyed retirement and blow molds continuously since then.  At this time our blow mold collection consists of over 1000 with very few duplicates and my real interest these days is researching the history of the blow molds and the makers of them.

    Mel

    You said it!  It's so hard to find people who take pride in their work.  I'm not an electrician but I'm pretty handy at it.  There have been quite a few occasions when my parents had an electrician "repair" something at their home and I had to come behind them and fix what they messed up.  The most recent case was a HVAC contractor that connected a large solid wire and a small stranded wire without even twisting them together.  They just twisted a wire nut onto the 2 mismatched wires.  Obviously it did not make a secure connection.  If you just barely bumped the wire it would lose the connection and the unit would shut off!

    Thanks for sharing a little of your personal "history" Mel.  It's quite interesting!

    TED


  10. On 11/25/2019 at 2:32 PM, comet said:

    Here is what the Grand Venture and Empire candles look like.

    DSCN1223.JPG

    I believe those were also a Poloron design weren't they?  Were they also made by Empire at some point?  (I can't remember.)  I had an old set of Polorons (like that or very similar) whose flames are in terrible condition.  (They had full size household incandescent bulbs in them so the flames are very brittle.  One of the flames is all in pieces.)  I think that replacement flames for G.V. candles would be a perfect fit if they were available.  The flames are red though instead of yellow.  Maybe we'll be able to make flames with a 3D printer at some point.

    I remember passing up the G.V. candles when they were on clearance because I liked the Gen Foam type better.  (Obviously I should have bought some of each!)

    TED


  11. On 11/25/2019 at 8:47 PM, RichardG said:

    There was a published list of the molds, but it wasn’t very accurate as some had been sold after the lost was published. The list didn’t have prices though. And the molds were sold in lots. 
    There are some molds on eBay that the scrapper who bought them is selling. 

    It sounds like he's smarter than the average scrapper.  I've watched some videos of scrappers on youtube.  I saw one guy toss a perfectly good bicycle into his load of scrap metal.  At $5 per 100 pounds (for steel) he probably got 2 dollars or less for it.  Any good working bicycle would be worth at least 20 bucks!  I saw another guy take a perfectly good set of speakers and slam them on a concrete floor.  He destroyed a $50 speaker to get maybe five cents worth of copper.  Insane!  In any case I'm glad that this scrapper is offering the aluminum molds for sale and didn't just junk them all.

    TED


  12. American Sale has more reasonable prices on their blowmolds so I thought I'd post a link.  Hopefully this will at least be useful for those of you in Chicago or nearby.  (Unfortunately it's a bit far for me.)  I noticed that the toy soldiers and the candles are $19.99 (which is a lot better than 40 bucks)!

    https://www.americansale.com/pages/search-results-page?q=blow+mold&page=2

    They were even a little cheaper than Menard's!

    https://www.menards.com/main/home-decor/christmas/outdoor-christmas-decor/c-12293.htm?queryType=allItems&Spec_ProductType_facet=Blow+Molds

    TED


  13. On 11/24/2019 at 3:54 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    My information on the years Wiken sculpted for Mold-Craft came from Anna Passante the author of "**** Wiken, Milwaukee Architectural Sculptor" there is a small section on Mold-Craft in the book.  I was in contact with her while she was writing the book and she told me she communicated with  Wiken's  daughter Jori who had Wiken's old files and records from the time period he worked with Mold-Craft.  The book has photos on pages 56, 58 & 59 that I contributed.

    Mel

    I wasn't aware of that book.  it's really cool that it contains images that you contributed!

    TED


  14. On 11/21/2019 at 8:46 AM, donna123 said:

    I wish Mel was around to help.  :)

    BTW, Thanks for your responses because there are many times nobody bothers to respond.

    You are welcome! 

    On 11/22/2019 at 12:35 AM, Mel Fischer said:

    Hi Donna,

    I'm around at least for a while again.  The snowman looks familiar but I can not find it in my files yet (if it is in the files).

    I know what you mean by nobody bothers to respond, that is why I left.  People would ask for information and I would do what I could to help and then they didn't even acknowledge that they got thee information so I gave up on it.

    Mel

    Hey Mel!  I'm so glad to see you posting again!  I certainly understand your point.  A simple acknowledgement shouldn't be too much to ask.

    On 11/22/2019 at 10:25 AM, donna123 said:

    Thanks Mel, 

    Good to see you here again!  I was also gone for a while.  I got so disappointed and angry over the ridiculous asking prices on the on-line stores (all of them).  Asking up to $95.00 or more for a table top blow mold was too much for me.  I went without buying any for a year because I needed to stay away.  I was even considering giving it all up and selling mine.  Thank goodness my dear husband convinced me not to do that.  I'm just coming back to PC regularly and I hope more members will return.  

    Thanks for trying to find info on this snowman.  I think we talked about it before, but couldn't find it here.  

    Donna

    Oh man don't get me started about the online prices!  In addition to the outrageous price the shipping is usually a deal breaker.  However it does not make me want to sell my 'molds.

    On 11/22/2019 at 10:40 AM, Big J Illinois said:

    Hey Donna, me also, the prices are NUTS!! I have thought of selling off the 200 molds we have,but it's our passion lol, dont let the price gouging keep you enjoying what you like:)  

    Yep.  It doesn't make me want to sell off my 'molds but it does discourage me from buying new ones.
     Most of the ones I've bought in the last few years have been used.  That's not just because of price though.  There haven't been very many new ones available!  (We don't have Menard's around here.)  I have bought a few of the ones from Kroger.

    On 11/22/2019 at 2:23 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    Yes, I know you do respond but the majority do not.  It does get discouraging when I take the time to look up the information and post it and many times there are a lot of views but no comments whatsoever.  It is that way in most of the Facebook groups also.  I personally do not know of any groups that are interested in actually discussing the blow molds other then the value or where they can get them cheap.  There does not seem to be much of anyone that is interested in and discussing the history of the holiday blow molds and that has been my main interest in them the last few years.  Even Kev does not appear to have any interest anymore as he has not done any updating of blow-molded.com for three years now and I and others have sent many pictures and updated information to him during this time period.

    Mel

    I find some of the history very interesting.    Sometimes I don't feel like I have anything meaningful to add to the discussion.   I may not always comment but I do always enjoy your posts.

    Do you think that Kev might be open to letting someone help with the updates?

    On 11/22/2019 at 9:17 PM, Scott Rob said:

    Hi Mel glad to hear from you again. I know I all ways respond to you. But I know about      Feeling left out. I work for large power company and every time a hurricane or tornado happens in south we go out and work on restoring power but most people I run across just ask when the lights will be back on. After we get the lights back on it’s only a few that come out and say thanks.

    Scott I'm in the South but we don't have hurricanes here in Arkansas.   We do have tornadoes and once in a while ice storms.  There have been times when out of state crews came in to help restore power.  So if you've ever come down to AR to restore power, Thanks!

    On 11/22/2019 at 10:12 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    Hi Scott,

    Your Santa is the 40" Empire #15791 Santa, they also made him as their #16261 "African American Santa".  He was introduced as new in their 1999 catalog.  In their 2000 catalog they have him as their #1579 and do not mention the African American version.  They only had him for two years and we don't see him very often   General Foam bought Empire's molds in 2000 and both the Santa and African American Santa are in their 2001 catalog.  They made him up through 2011.

    I will check my files and see if I have anything on the candles.

    Mel

    Empire Plastics 1999 Catalog 010s Page 58.jpg

    I remember those being sold as the "fat Santa" at Kmart.  I think maybe they were sold at walmart also but I'm not positive.

    On 11/23/2019 at 11:00 AM, Light in the Dark said:

    Hi everyone,

    I'm hoping we get a revival on this site as maybe people who stepped away start coming back. I'm one of those who love the history side of blow molds (especially, but not limited to, municipals) and looking through old threads is where I learned so much! I truly appreciate everything that this community and those who contribute so much to it have shared in the past. Thank you many, many times over. 

    Christian

    Things usually pick up this time of year.  If this thread is any indication it's happening now.

    18 hours ago, Scott Rob said:

    Also I think the wiring harness might help since it has a non-polarized plug. And a unique way the lamp holder but I don’t have a Poloron or GV candle so I can’t compare. 

    79FE70A8-E3ED-4766-800B-25FDF4F69605.jpeg

    I would change that bulb (at least if it is incandescent).  A large bulb like that gets very close to the sides of the flame.  It can cause it to melt or get brittle.  A skinnier bulb will give more space between the bulb and the plastic.  (You probably knew this already but there may be some reading this who don't.)

    18 hours ago, Scott Rob said:

    I agree the flame looks just like Poloron C39 candle frame and I did measure my candles and there 38” tall. The GV flame also looks same. I attached some other pictures. Also one of the flames had been broken and the guy I bought them from had used packing tape to repair it. I am planning on trying to glue it back together.

    82A276A7-F741-4FE8-AEE0-34A845F1C350.jpeg

    That looks like a good candidate for a "plastic welding" type of repair.especially since there are very few missing pieces.

    TED

    P.S.  I believe I set a new record with a "multi-quote" of 10 different posts at once!


  15. On 11/19/2019 at 9:54 PM, Rich in Las Vegas said:

    Your wish is the Chinese suppliers command but not in a corn bulb style.  Here is a chip-on-board 110V, 500 lumen, white, E12 LED bulb.  The killer is if you only want one for $1.56, the $2 shipping charge gets in the way but the shipping charge is the same if you order 10 at $14.77.  That's about the same as you would pay a domestic seller for the corn bulbs.  Delivery time is fairly quick compared to the ones with free shipping.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimmable-COB-LED-GY6-35-G4-G8-G9-E10-E11-E12-E14-E17-BA15d-Lamp-bulb-Warm-White/172943361657?hash=item28443a4679:m:mUpk51-tpcrk6MJWLyjBdMg

    E12-500-lumen-COB-bulb-172943361657.jpg

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of the chip-on-board vs. the "corn" bulb?

    TED


  16. On 3/14/2019 at 6:39 PM, shane page said:

    Sometimes you can use plastic and melt  it in the crack and fix it, kinda like welding it back together. I use a soldering gun. You can also use a halogen work light and get the plastic hot and get it back to where it should be and  just leave the crack alone.

    You can use a cable tie for a "welding rod".

    TED


  17. On 8/27/2019 at 1:41 PM, shane page said:

    I dont have the patience either,  I have several molds all stripped but Im guessing I will give them away because I dont see myself ever painting them.

     

    On 8/27/2019 at 2:04 PM, Big J Illinois said:

    Send them to me Shane lolol:)

    Since you have so many to deal with already I'll help you out and send Shane my address so that you don't get overloaded!

    TED


  18. On 11/18/2019 at 8:20 PM, The Blow Mold Expert said:

    The Life Size teams are where things get choppy.  There were two Life Size deer teams.  One involved deer with round, short faces. The other featured long faces, with little white dots on their backs. One of these was No. 42-5 and one was No. 42-8, but I havent found any catalog image that puts a certain number with a certain set.  For this reason I will call them "Short Faced" and "Long Faced" Life Size sets.

    Ah yes "Shorty" and "Horse Face"!

    TED  😏

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