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Old 10-12-2008, 04:57
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Question Cheaper way to STIFFEN the bows?

Other than Stiffner (is that the name??), what cheaper ways can you make the bow stiff and not flat? I was reading somewhere that you can also use Starch and ...something else, I dont remember what. ?

Also, is it safe to spray the padded appliques? Will it ruin it?

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I use starch on mine. It stiffens them very well. I used the stiffen stuff in the past and they were too stiff to me.( Also on some you could see some spots after it dried.) I think starch is the inexpensive way to go. One can goes a LONG way

Oh I also saw someone use hair spray before but I have never tried it personally. HTH
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I use Aussie hairspray!
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I use Aussie hairspray!

Thanks for the quick responses ladies!

Aussie hairspray?? I hadn't thought about that before! lol! I'm guessing the bow doesn't smell after its dried right?
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I never stiffen my bows. Should I? I actually bought the stuff to stiffen them and never did.
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The past weekend show as I was getting my bows from the box they were so flat and needed to be fixed.
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i use starch and hairspray, which ever ones closest at the time, i have wanted to try the stiff n stuff spray but can't ever find it at HL and we don't have a Micheals nearby!
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I use hairspray too...it works wonders!
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Other than Stiffner (is that the name??), what cheaper ways can you make the bow stiff and not flat? I was reading somewhere that you can also use Starch and ...something else, I dont remember what. ?

Also, is it safe to spray the padded appliques? Will it ruin it?

Thanks girls!
So I used to use spray starch and it worked very well. But last night I baked the bows in my toaster oven and they turned out better and faster than using the spray. I did the toaster oven at 275* for 10 min. make sure that your bow is in its raw form with no hot glue.
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I use spray starch. I'm going to try the oven tomorrow.
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Default Re: Cheaper way to STIFFEN the bows?

I got this idea from this board, and it works for me. At Wal-Mart there is blue jug (a little smaller than a bleach jug) of Sta-Flo liquid starch. You put it in a spray bottle (found in with the travel toiletries) and dilute it with water---I do about 1/2 and 1/2 for things that I want quite stiff. You could add more water if you like it less stiff. This is a lot cheaper than Stiffen Stuff. I like it better than the aerosol can spray starch.
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