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Old 12-22-2011, 12:57
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Default How do I stiffen a bow?

I've read a lot on here about stiffening bows. I have a few questions on it. I know that I am going to sound totally dumb but I never gave it much though. My first question is do I make the bow then spray/bake/spray it? or do I do the spray/bake/spray in pieces? What if it has feathers or embellishments? Do I add those after I stiffen the bow? Overall, I'm just confused.. Please help! Thanks
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:27
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Default Re: How do I stiffen a bow?

I spray mine with starch after it is together but before I put the center on if there is no maribou, if there is I do it in pieces before I put that on. I just starch and blow dry them.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:51
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Default Re: How do I stiffen a bow?

I've been curious how to do this too!
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:03
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Default Re: How do I stiffen a bow?

I do mine in pieces. Bow, surrounds, spikes. Spray, shape, bake and then clue it altogether, add embellishments. After I bake them I've never had to starch again after. I really wet them down before baking so maybe that's why I don't have to respray. HTH and make sense.
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:12
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Default Re: How do I stiffen a bow?

I spray mine with hair spray after they are assembled. I don't want them too stiff. The only time I have ever baked was when I make Korkers.
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:41
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Default Re: How do I stiffen a bow?

I spray mine with Spray Starch and blow dry them to fluff them up a bit.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:40
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Does the blowdrying help speed up the stiffening, i usually just let mine dry.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:27
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Default Re: How do I stiffen a bow?

I use hairspray and I do it in pieces, base bow, spikes, and center bow then one quick spray all over. I like Rave and Aquanet.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:02
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Does the blowdrying help speed up the stiffening, i usually just let mine dry.
The blowdrying stiffens the bows in 30 seconds! It's great if I have a rushed order. I blowdry them upside down to give them some volume.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:06
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Default Re: How do I stiffen a bow?

The upside down is a great idea! Im going to have to try that tonight!
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