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View Poll Results: What do you use to stiffen your bows?
Nothing 46 18.85%
Fabric stiffener/spray 133 54.51%
I bake them 26 10.66%
other 39 15.98%
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:28
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Dear Gawd...I don't know WHY people don't want to just cough it up..The BEST one I have found to date is Rave Hairspray..I got it at Walmart for 1.97..hth
Suzi

Who is hiding secrets? Everyone is sharing what they use and how they do it.

To the original poster: I use different things all of the time. For me Stiffen Stuff is one of my favorites. Also heavy duty starch works just as well. Aqua Net and most of your strong holding hairsprays work too. You really can't go wrong with what you use. You can test them all out and see which one you prefer using as it all boils down to preference. Sometimes I stiffen...sometimes I dont.

You can choose whichever method you prefer:

- bake then spray
-spray then bake
-spray, bake then spray again
-microwave then spray
-spray then microwave
-spray, micro then spray again. (although I prefer the baking method)


adding.... You can also either stiffen your entire bow or just do the bow and the surrounds. I stiffen my bows when I dont use high quality ribbon. For me...Schiff is the only ribbon brand I will not stiffen because it is already stiff. Sometimes I will stiffen only the surrounds for added security but I dont always do that. Ribbon from Yama and UB (which you can find at places like HL, HBC, and I think UC) is flimsy and stiffening those would be a good idea...but not everyone does it. Like I said it is all preference. I prefer to work with Schiff and Offray but sometimes I can only find colors I need through YAMA.

You can't go wrong with it unless you forget about them in the oven....which many of us have done that too.

****I do not stiffen DRR bows**** I have just learned how to make them poofy.

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Old 09-24-2011, 08:38
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

I never gave much thought to stiffening hair bows, but since reading all the post, I will surely be doing this now...Thanks a bunch!
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:08
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

I use my Stiffen Quick. I spray my bows and surrounding loops only then put them in the microwave for 45 seconds. I spray so that way in the mail...my bows hold their shape.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:41
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I've been using spray starch. Works good for me.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:33
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Aqua Net and most of your strong holding hairsprays work too. You really can't go wrong with what you use.
I've tried everything, I prefer the strong hold hair spray, just spray and let it dry, and it drys the fastest
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I use something that works MUCH better than starch. I take Elmer's Glue and add water to it until it looks like milk. ...
I was wondering if this is basically what "Stiff n Stuff" is made of.

Kel
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:13
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

Ok, so I'm pretty new to bow making and i just received a request today for a big bow, with stiff loops. From what I've been reading it's best to use Stiffen Stuff or regular old laundry starch (right?). My question is do I spray after it's fully assembled, or before I attach the clip (sewn with the center covered)? Thanks so much ladies, I appreciate the help
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

I bought stiffen stuff and did it for the first time today. I will see how I like it. I thought it rather smelly, but I that was several hours ago. I am hoping it goes away.
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

Spray starch here is not very affordable so I cook cornstarch mixed with a little water on boiling water to thicken. I use the Liwayway brand (I'm not sure if they are available in Filipino or Asian stores in the States) since they dry out evenly on fabric compared to the regular cornstarch where there would be glob spots of thickened starch on the fabric when they dry.

If I want them to last a little longer, I use a mixture of white padding glue with water and apply it with a sponge on the fabric. I prefer this over cooking cornstarch since it's not as messy to make.
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Stiffen Stuff
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