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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 01-31-2012, 09:09
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

I spray mine with regular starch like I use for ironing clothes. It holds well and has a nice, light scent to it.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:25
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

Thanks! I made some today and sprayed them after I made them also. I really loved the way they turned out!! Only thing was I noticed a slight smell on them. Does that fade away after a bit?
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Thank you ladies for all the great suggestions. I'd be lost without this site.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:58
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I just recently tried spraying my bows with hairspray and let me just say I LOVE this way of stiffening bows. Before I was so turned off from trying again because they kept turning out wrong or just didn't stay the right way. I would really be lost without this site.. Now my next step is to find out if they look professional to the HG ladies.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:13
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Thanks I have never used anything to stiffen my bows but I am going to try some of these out.
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

I said fabric stiffner. But I bake them also. So i spray them soaked in starch than bake them at 275 for 25 minutes. And yes that is how you make korkers also (or the curley ones) and you wrap them onto a wooden dowel. I've also used hairspray and it worked great.
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

I bake korkers because you have to. Besides that I simply use good quality ribbon and no spray of any kind is needed. My kids wear them swimming (korkers too!) and nothing ever happens to them (except sometimes they come out a little cleaner )
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

Does it matter what type of startch you use? After reading this post I tried to stiffen a bow I made with the startch I had just lying around the house and when it dryed it still seemed a little flat to me.
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

I have used stiffin stuff, I spray and air dry and they turn out great.


Thanks to this thread I am going to try hairspray so my bows can smell good too!
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Default Re: What do you use to stiffen your bows?

Normaly I just spray starch on them. I do like to bake the larger bows after spraying them with starch.
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