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  1. I should have put more details in. The pumpkin I attached above is one I pick up at GF last year. It just happened to be the someone the guy above has. Attached is some touched up pumpkins I did 5 years ago they are sequences with the music. The pumpkins are screwed to the 2x6 board and a C7 bulb is in each with all 15 pumpkins being controlled by LOR controller. I did this for quick install and removal on the front porch rail. So , some in the picture appear brighter than others that is because they fade off-on-dim to the music. I had others that were like the large one above but Halloween thieves 2 years ago stole them out of my yard. As well as hit 14 other house in the area with Halloween displays. Basically the large pumpkins I had 25 watt bulbs in after touching them up with Spray paint I changed them to 40 watt bulbs to make up the difference in light output compared to the others in the yard that had not been touched up. Key take away is to have the blow mold lit up so that you can tell were you need to add more paint to or stop adding paint. I only do very light coats until I get the desired look. My rule is only one coat per day. What you don't want is runs or a lot of thick paint or to get into a rush. Hope this helps.

    Also since I live in the South it is very sunny and when I get a new blow mold I will spray a UV clear coat (Krylon clear gloss UV) on it to help control the sun fade issues. Any time I repaint a blow mold the last step is to apply clear gloss UV coat.

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  2. Hi, Mel

    I noticed you bag all of your blow molds, is this to keep the dust off of them or for other reasons? 

    For me the ones that came in bags are still in bags but the rest of them are not. Should I be bagging them?

    I was also wounding what amount of blow molds are you able to put out each Halloween and Christmas? 

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  3. These blow molds came in some time this week at Kroger ( Atlanta GA) the tallest one is 2ft. They are all made in China with the cheap (flexible) plastic like the blow mold Lowe’s had last year. Also they are all LED kind. I do like the cat and pumpkin it’s like a small version of TPI cat and pumpkin. Also I found funny was these are labeled for indoor use only!

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  4. My order from Christmas Light Creation guy came in. I wanted the unpainted grand venture items and a few other union things. I also wanted a set of Halloween candles. The way the candle was built was unusual to me. The bulb fit into the flame part and then the flame fit into the candle. I got two grand venture snowmen so my wife and I could paint a snowwoman and a snowman.  The only down side was the paint job on the items from Cado was light on the paint and you can see the stencil marks on the north pole sign. Most of the Cado stuff I got was not painted it was either black , orange, or red solid plastic. I think I might spray every thing with a clear-coat for UV protection.  I know the guy from Christmas light creations has a least a few other grand venture aluminum molds.

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  5. I tried to get a positive light out of the loss of 1/2 of the halloween display. It was a good time to think about improving a display and adding new blow molds for halloween. It was also a good time to start figuring out how to secure my christmas display which means more to me. That was the main driver for the following year to go to Norlfolk plant in October to get a new halloween display. I do miss all the blow molds that were stolen but it got me out of blow ups which I was not a big fan of. The two blow ups I had used 175watts each to run the blowers and were so large it was hard to keep them up when the wind would pick up. One was 20ft the other was 15ft tall and they did not look good as a pile of fabric when deflated. It also motivated me to change out most of my blow molds to LED bulbs (thanks to lowes back Friday deal LED bulbs for $1). 


  6. Also there is a 3D scanner that you could use to make a copy of a blow mold. From the 3D scan you can either make 3D prototype or make a aluminum blow mold using CNC mechine. I did see a Jay Leno garage tv show with a 3D scanner and he has a YouTube video of it in action. 


  7. I talked to lady at general foam last October. See said they got the 3D printer a few years ago. The way she talked it sound like they were working on a few prototype blowmolds at Norfolk plant. I wish i had asked more questions about the protoypes. Also a few years ago the largest 3D printer was on Jay Leno garage show. You can find it on-line (jay Leno 3D printed car Strati) on the show they printed a body of full size car. Also, there are many types of 3D printer. Some are just for prototypes and other are high strength plastic like car, bolt,nut... I talked to the guy that has a 3D printer and for prototype design a the plastic resin is not very strong so it has to be thicker to say together. They can be very fragile. I have not seen one that you could get light to pass through. But, if someone got the 3D CAD design used to make the Linus it could be reproduced or convert to a CNC mechine for making a aluminum blow mold. To be mass produced.


  8. 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!

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  9. What’s funny is that they had some samples blow mold there. But I was more focused on the items I had on my wish list. I was overload with all the blow molds, Christmas trees, and blow molds I had only seen in old catalogs.  All the samples I saw did not come with light cords and most were odd colors or mixes of colors. If I have thought about it I would have pick some up. Also, I could not believe the great deals. It was the only trip I been on where I had to rent a U-haul trailer to take everything back to Atlanta. I wish I had planned more than a day at the GFC.

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