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As Pezheads go, my collection is actually fairly new (and modest). I know collectors with several times the dispensers, many of whom have been at it for 10 - 15 years.
Over the next several months I will be rolling out the various galleries from my collection. There's a lot to see, and new games will be posted regularly as well. Other projects include a Travel & Trade page with pics from Pezzy travels, and info on my wish list and extras.
If you would like to know more about my music and other interests, visit www.gregpaxton.com
As my collection grows, so does the space I need to display everything.
Pictured is the wall just above the main vintage collection. Notice I haven't figured out a way to display the trucks yet, so they are just parked. For information about how to build the "floating" rails you see here, read the DIY below.
Details are everything. Santa Claus is a year-round fixture. Why not?
When it comes to displaying vintage, I also utilize a clear acrylic step (see photo one) to get that "tiered" effect. There's just something about having each dispenser visible that makes a difference, but of course I'll soon run out of room. The acrylic step is actually a spice rack, btw, available from the Container Store.
This picture does not do justice to the great Hello Kitty dispensers. Look for the feature gallery in an upcoming edition of pezpax.
Speaking of - I swore I'd never collect Hello Kitty, and my sports devotion is pretty much limited to MLB Baseball. But such is the life of a collector, and truth be told, the Hello Kitty dispensers are now among some of my favorites. And, as you can see, I've amassed a number of sports dispensers I can't resist. Go figure.
Commercial Break - I've had the great pleasure of working with Leslie and Chris Sloan recently, hosts of the Minnesota Pez Convention. I also had a hand in putting together the latest MNPEZCon website, building on the great logo that Dana Kraft designed.
Click on the pic to visit their site, and go attend, if you can. Look for the new website for MNPEZCon 18 soon!
The wall that started it all. How fun it was just to fill up this space with a row of my floating rails. Then there was the next wall, and the next..
This is a more recent photo - my attempt at a panorama, in fact. You can tell by the number of dispensers on the white cabinet that things have changed since the first photo from this angle. This is where I do all my music creation, design work, and writing. So it's not just about the PEZ ®. Visit www.gregpaxton.com for more.
My wall featuring BANDAI Japanese minis. I love this space as it takes the display all the way to the corner of an alcove.
Look for a feature gallery soon showing all the minis in detail. You've already seen a hint on the right of this page in the photo navigation, and on the welcome page. So here's another teaser to hold you over....
So much to see. This is the adjacent wall to the other three shown so far. From promotional, to Merry Music Makers (whistles), to more vintage and Japanese, they are all here...and then some.
More detail on the next photo.
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My studio space, from a photo taken two years ago.
Click over the Peanuts grid to begin slideshow.
Never Too Many
I start with corner wall-paper protectors of two different sizes. The smaller piece will become the front "lip" of the rail, and the larger piece forms the rail bottom and the mounting back. When joined, a U-shape rail is created. TAP plastics cuts everything to my specification.
Before assembling, I drill mounting holes along the larger piece. I then align the two “L” shaped pieces (see photo 1) and apply a drop of acrylic glue every six inches to the topside of the smaller piece that will become the lip. I apply a bit of extra glue on each end to get a good seal.
The smaller “L” piece is then pressed onto the underside of the larger “L” piece. There is only three-minutes until the acrylic glue sets, so I have dispensers ready to use as spacers. For vintage dispenser rails, I use shoes as this creates a slightly wider rail.
Before the glue sets, I constantly check the width by sliding dispensers up and down the newly-formed U-shaped track, making slight adjustments to the width with my fingers. Once satisfied, I clamp the two pieces together with tape until the glue cures.
Once mounted on the wall, I place two clear acrylic rods on top of the dispenser feet. This provides the necessary weight to prevent toppling dominoes. The bottom anchor - which stays in place - also provides a nice counter leverage for "tilting" dispensers into place (or out).
Because I live in earthquake country, the top anchor rod is necessary as an added stabilizer. I simply lift that up when adding or removing dispensers. Since the anchor rods are also acrylic, they do not disrupt the visual "floating" aspects of the display. Enjoy!
BUILD YOUR OWN DISPLAY!
Click on the CIRCLES above for step-by-step instructions. Though most materials should available at your hardware store, I get everything I need at TAP Plastics, here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Enjoy!
All images, graphics, and photos copyright ©2012 by Gregory S Paxton. PEZ ® is a registered trademark of PEZ Candy Inc. This site and its contents are not affiliated with PEZ candy Inc.