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Old 10-20-2012, 12:25
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Default Stiffeners

Hello Everyone,

My name is Stacey. I am really new to bow-making and am a junior member on this site.

I understand that making quality bows comes from trial and error. Seeing what works for you, getting instruction and sometimes tweeking them to work best for you. I just wanted to share this little bit of info. Some people probably already are aware of this but if they are not, I would love to help others having the same issue I was having because this was my biggest problem with my bows.

After making a bunch of bows, I realized that mine never looked as good as the OTT ones I saw others make. Mine were always losing their perkiness and shape. That is, until I saw someone put in the product info on Etsy, that they sprayed their bows with a stiffener.

So, a light bulb went off in my head and I thought this was the answer to my problem. I purchased STIFFEN QUIK and a few other fabric stiffeners which i cant name because i threw them out. Even after attempting to heat seal my bows with the stiffeners via hair dryer and (this might sound weird) microwave I was still having no luck getting them to shape the way i wanted.

Still having some frustration with my bows not holding their shape I was about to give up. Untilll......... I tried something else that actually works.

4 glorious words: TRESemme CLIMATE PROTECTION HAIRSPRAY!!!

Spraying the bows with this and then running my hairdryer over them made them not only hold their perkiness and even helped made my spikes look a lot more professional.

I sprayed my ribbon with this hairspray and heat sealed it before cutting my spikes and the spikes cut so clean and neat I almost didn't feel the need to heat seal the edges with a lighter to prevent fraying. I still did anyways, just to be safe

Just wanted to share this with others. Hope this helps.

P.S- One of my friends said she keeps her daughter bows, that I made her in their bathroom and the bows weren't even affected by the shower steam. Must be the climate protection in this particular hairspray.

My shop is on Etsy @ Gia Nia's Bowtique

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:14
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Default Re: Stiffeners

Thank you for sharing this information. I am new to making the more perky types of bows and I wanted to try hairspray but did really feel like trying several brands to see which one would work. Have you tried a woodburning tool for heat sealing your ribbon? I bought a metal template from one from one of the hairbow supply places and a 20.00 woodburner from Michael's with a 50% off coupon and I love sealing my ribbons this way. You just line the ribbon up with the measuring grids on the template and the woodburner slices through the ribbon like melting butter. My ends are so perfect now. Welcome to the boards.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:30
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Thank you for sharing this information. I am new to making the more perky types of bows and I wanted to try hairspray but did really feel like trying several brands to see which one would work. Have you tried a woodburning tool for heat sealing your ribbon? I bought a metal template from one from one of the hairbow supply places and a 20.00 woodburner from Michael's with a 50% off coupon and I love sealing my ribbons this way. You just line the ribbon up with the measuring grids on the template and the woodburner slices through the ribbon like melting butter. My ends are so perfect now. Welcome to the boards.
I've seen the wood burning tool on several tutorials on youtube but I just use a bic lighter for now. I may have to try this out. Thank you for the tip.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:10
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I have used several brands of hair spray and all seem to work. So far I have only used my wood burning tool to cut korkers or for the puff bows. Where did you get the metal template. That sounds like a great idea. I just fold the ribbon in half, cut and then heat seal with lighter.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:41
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Here is a link to the template. It works like a charm.

http://nobownogo.com/index.php?main_...dfea94167e7033
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:48
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Such a good idea. I love this.
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