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  1. 3 points
    Well... we're into August. Is anyone out there working on their cutouts for this year besides me? I got started last week and am having a blast. The characters are cutout, the Coro attached to the frames and the painting has begun. I'm doing "Toy Story" figures this year. Here's a couple of pics... one of Buzz with a first coat of paint and one of the other characters awaiting the paint process. To give you a little perspective... Stinky Pete's box and bow are right at 8' tall. Share what you're working on for this year and include some pictures of your pieces during the creation process!
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    My girls enjoy getting to painting the characters with me. Fortunately, both of them attend an art school... so they're probably a LOT better at artwork than I am! Hopefully you will be able to get some cutouts made for this year... and, of course, if you do... make sure you post pictures!
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    Working on the feet and arms for the ducks on the bike now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    You're welcome... and thank you for the compliments on the article. As far as the stakes go... I usually plan on driving the stake about a foot into the ground... then I'll add onto that whatever length I need to go as far up on the character as I need. So if I have a character that has an upright piece on the frame that is 5' in length, I'll made a stake that is 5' to 6' in length... drive it into the ground and then attach it to the frame as close to the top as possible and then again at the bottom crosspiece. (Attaching at the bottom keeps the bottom from being blown out from underneath) Yes... I use a tripod setup on some of my pieces and I also screw eyescrews into the front top (painted the proper color of course) and one in back (top) and then run guy wires to stakes in the ground. I have found that the guy wires help quite a bit with my larger characters. Fortunately the wires pretty much disappear at night when the flood lights are on. And yes, I use pressure treated lumber to make my frames and stakes (though I'm using more and more 1/2" metal conduit for stakes). The pressure treated 2x2's got to be a bit expensive, so now I buy 2x6's or 2x8's and cut them down to make my own 2x2's (actually 1 1/2 x 1 1/2). Some of them are fairly warped... but I always cut those into short pieces where the warps in the lumber really don't affect anything. After all, the frame is in back and nobody sees that your frame might be a bit wonky! 😯 I'm guessing you're going to be fighting the wind where you are there in Illinois? I never had to bother with wind issues until we moved out here about 7 years ago. I put my display up out here the first year and the wind just wreaked HAVOC on it! I had my backdrops blow down the street... my characters were in the neighbors yards... it was a MESS!!! I ended up not being able to use my backdrops and I became MUCH more diligent in staking down my characters. Each year we'll get 2 or 3 REALLY bad wind storms during the time I have my display up and I'll end up having 10 or 12 characters blow over. I've even had the wind bend the conduit stakes in half. I'm kind of used to it now and plan for it to happen and plan to spend an hour or so afterward putting my characters back up. Not a lot of fun... but just something I know I'm going to have to deal with. BTW... do you have ideas of what characters you're going to make? Planning on making them for this year?
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    Hey Bucsfan15 - You CAN make fairly intricate cuts in the Coro... but I chose to black out the negative space because it gives me more area onto which I can make a frame for the backside of the characters. For example, if you look at the image of the Grinch above and thought about cutting out just the figure itself... you'd end up with a very narrow little foot and leg onto which you would try to fit a frame. In my opinion, that just gives you too little material with which to work. I had that same situation with quite a few other characters that I was working with... very skinny legs... or very skinny antlers ending in points, or the stick arms from the snowman in Frozen. So I made the decision to just black out the negative space and make the characters more stable by giving myself more surface area.
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    I got a question about using Coro JR. Are you able to make intricate cuts using the jigsaw on the coro? I like cutting out all the negative space of my cutouts. I noticed that you black out all of your negative space is that by choice or just easier ?
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    Working on the motorized Donald Duck bike now. The train we’ve been working on since mid January Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    The only problem I've had with the wind is that I used to make huge background pieces (8' tall by 16' long - 4 sheets of Coro attached side to side) and they'd act like one large sail and go flying when the wind got too strong. Sadly, I had to stop making my backdrops just for that reason. The Coro is exceedingly durable and holds up GREAT in the wind... I've not had one tear off the frame and we get winds up to 50 mph in our area. I have them blow over ALL the time... but that would be true no matter what material I use. I used to animate my characters and had two animated limbs blow off... one wood and one Coro. So I chalk that up to weak joinery (on my part) rather than the material. Not trying to talk you out of using plywood... just offering another suggestion! I'd LOVE to see pics of you creations... regardless of the material you use.
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    Yes we use a jigsaw, they sell different blades. You want a fine cutting one. We prime the sides and then when we paint we also paint the sides with the matching color of the area on the front. The reason mine are off the ground is we live in Florida and the ground is always damp at night so I use bricks to hold them a couple inches off the ground. It allows the bottoms to dry off and not stay damp all season. I use 1/2” metal conduit pipes to install them in the ground, then I use conduit clamps to hold them to the pipe. You can see in this picture that I install 1x2” boards on the back for extra support and a place to screw the pipes to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Let's hope the crappy glitter isn't back this year on the Gemmys...looked great, just don't hold up to an outdoor ,Northern Illinois winter
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    Pretty sad that people steal our molds. They are hard to find anymore, as the junkies have snagged them up and have them listed for a mint.Makes me nt want, to display them this year,as I fear that, you know what's ,will take them,just to take them.
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    I just start pushing buttons on here and pray it don't mess anything up lol
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    If you are using a stencil try spray adhesive called re-mount 3m makes it. It will seal down to surface and not let overspray in then you can peel it off and stick it to another one over and over
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    I often use spray paint with a brush to paint small areas of my plywood cutouts, seems like you can't find gold or copper color paint in small cans, and there is no hobby store selling bottles of model paint here in our small town, so i just spray it into the cap that comes off the spray can. Those caps are made out of some sort of plastic that doesn't dissolve and will hold the paint. Also small glass baby food bottles work well for storing small amounts of paint for a few days. Here's an idea for painting the lollipops if you have a bunch and they are mostly flat: 1.take a photo of the best one you have 2. print out the photo on card or cover stock 3. cut out pattern to be painted with razor blade or exacto knife, now you have a re-useable stencil that you can use to spray paint your lollipops. just use painters or masking tape to hold it in place and use several "mistings" instead of heavy coats so the spray won't creep under the stencil. Maybe this will work for you. good luck!
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    I think the first words out of my mouth will be, "Honey, I have good news. We're getting new carpet in the den"!
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    Well, I just found out spray paint eats through red solo cups...I found out in the middle of the den floor...on HER carpet. I'm a dead man walking. I have one hour left in this mortal coil. It's been nice knowing all of you.
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    I painted one last year and it was hard —lots of painters tape and redo’s. I touched up with the spray paint by spraying in a plastic cup and laying lollipop flat and went slow. Took awhile but it worked. I believe I also used testors model paint if I recall correctly. Good luck!!
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    Both, TPI had so many great looking blow molds that we did not have in our collection that we decided to put in a large order and try selling the extras. We were only interested in selling enough to cover our costs including the shipping and keep the ones we wanted for our collection. I don't remember how many we kept, somewhere between 50-100 and made a small profit. The vast majority were sold through eBay at low pries as only a couple of people here on PC were interested in them. The shipping alone to us was over $3000. Mel
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    Mel, were you selling the blow molds back then or collecting? 1000 is a lot of blow mold!
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    And even a Spook Stick! Mel, I enjoy all the old ads you post and can't help remembering how dirty the black print ink use to make my fingers. I enjoy looking to see where the ads are from because 99% of the time I never heard of them. The last one I recognized was Franks. "Spook-O-Lites" ...you just have to love the name for sure!
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    Tico Toys and others also made a spook stick with him in the 60's & 70"s. Mel The devil window candle was made by Spook-O-Lites in the 60's. Mel
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    This set was sold on ebay back in April. It was listed for $124.99, a best offer was accepted. Here you can see the devil is in the middle position. Maybe the owners changed the positions around. I would love to know who made these and if they came as a set. If these didn't come as a set then it is remarkable that multiple people would choose these 3 blow molds to wire together in a similiar way.
  23. 1 point
    I found a different pic on Pinterest, but no info about the light string. I guess my question about the above string set being embelished is answered. That's a big YES!
  24. 1 point
    In the Electrical section check out Big J's custom cord,
  25. 0 points
    A few years ago I had put out blow up Halloween Haunted house and state puff marshmallow man out and about half of my blow molds. We had two cameras up. About mid October three guys in a white paneled Van back into our drive way wearing all white at 1pm and stole every thing out of the yard in 10 minutes. When I got home at 6pm I could not believe it. We had just moved into our new house 3 months before. The police said I was the 14 call they had in the past few days of a crew steeling Halloween blow ups and blow molds. Now when I put out the display I do it one blow mold at a time and have large tow cables running in the back of every thing. These guys even stole our real pumpkins by the front door!