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Old 04-15-2009, 11:34
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Hi everyone. I new here and pretty new to bow making. I have a couple questions and I hope someone can help answer them.

1. How do you get your ribbon so straight when you cover a clip. It seems like my ribbon shifts when I push down because of the hot glue?
2. How do you get it so the hot glue doesn't show through on colors like white, lt pink, and lt yellow on the clip?
3. When covering a clip, do you put glue on the ribbon or the clip? It seems like if I put it on the ribbon it cools too quickly before I get it on the clip and then it won't stick.

Thanks everyone! There is so much on this forum, I don't know what 95% of it is or what it's for! LOL
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:47
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Default Re: Newbie How To Questions

Practice makes perfect when it comes to lining clips. I had the same problem when I started! I haven't had any problems with it showing through so I can't help ya on that one. And I put the glue on the clip.
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:47
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Default Re: Newbie How To Questions

Answers to your ??'s:
1. Lots of practice...lots of practice. You just have do keep doing it and eventually you'll feel how to do it the right way for you.
2. Use good quality ribbon. I have never had a problem with glue showing thru my ribbon. I use ribbon from United Beads and Schiff/Offray.
3. Kinda both. When I cover a clip, I insert my ribbon into the clip and let it close/grip the ribbon. I then apply my glue to the end of the clip to the pinch part, and then quickly press the ribbon over it. It's hard to explain in words...

Hope that helps at least a little bit!

And WELCOME to the group!

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Old 04-15-2009, 02:36
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Hi, I have had the same problems and sometimes still do
1. I agree practice, practice, practice...also don't press too hard on the ribbon when you glue it and wait until it has cooled on the inside part of the clip before you do the top side.
2. Good quality ribbon OR an applique...your best bet is the quality ribbon.
3. I put glue on the clip.
4. Have fun with them...don't stress...relax...they always come out better when you do it for the fun and not focus on the stress .

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Old 04-15-2009, 04:08
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Thanks for the tips I always have problems too...
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