Why are blow molds so popular?
They define the modern conceptualization of traditional as, in the last 65+ years, they have become so normal. They were once an innovative and new decoration for those looking for a way to spice things up. Now they are something to bridge decorating with antique hunting and that makes them a collectors item.
When did they stop making blow molds? Do they still make Christmas blow molds? Are blow molds coming back?
Union Products went out of business in 2006, 10 years after Don Featherstone, the founder of the industry, bought it out. Since then, the modern making has been largely taken over by companies in China. There has been no signs of the industry rebounding.
Why are blow mold Christmas decorations so expensive?
The rarer something is, the more expensive it is. While the passionate decorators’ enjoyment of this medium has not wavered, the general popularity went downhill to Union bankrupting. Collecting has become almost a cult following so that makes a double whammy as decreased supply also drives up cost.
How do you keep blow molds from falling down?
Simply use twine and attach to stakes. See my video reviewing types of stakes.
How do you store blow mold Christmas decorations?
Wipe with a damp clean cloth, with the mildest cleaner if needed. Wrap in plastic and hide from the sun, dirt, and anything that can scratch it. Make sure they are dry pre-storing as they can get black mold stored away and moist. Track shelves and hook & pulley systems are most helpful for placing them but read here for more information.
How do you restore blow mold Christmas decorations?
If you need to restore the paint, strip it with a plastic safe stripper then paint with Krylon Fusion. DO NOT USE A BRUSH, once the light is on it will look horrible, only spray on. Seal with a UV protectant as the sun is the worst enemy of Christmas decorations.
Please comment with any experience or further tips and questions you may have on this topic.