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Old 06-20-2009, 10:49
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Where do you get sta-flo from?? I have never heard about it! And I have never heard of baking the bows!! Does everyone do this??
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Where do you get sta-flo from?? I have never heard about it! And I have never heard of baking the bows!! Does everyone do this??
I get stay-flo in the laundry aisle of my local grocery store (Winco). The ones with floppy, tweaky bows... don't bake/starch . If it is a twisted boutique, or a layer from a layered boutique I bake it and starch it. The polyester molecules melt & refuse in the new shape. If the bow gets crushed or wet, it is very likely to retain its shape.

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Hmmm. I had never heard of baking until tonight! WIerd! I starch mine and they hold their shape well. My twisted boutique bows hold pretty well if I am using quality ribbon, but the bigger the bow, with UB ribbon, they don't flop, but don't stay stiff. i will have to try this with the cheaper ribbon. Darn it! Now I'm gonna need to put an oven in the bow barn!!! J/K!
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thanks for the tip...this is such a great idea!
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I don't bake anything but my korkers. I have always just used the heavy starch from walmart and spray the crud out of them and then respray one more time when they are dry. I have never had a problem with bows keeping shape. I tried the sta flow but didnt like it as much as the other. The other dries faster and seems stiffer to me too...JMO
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Here's a sample of my baked, starched layers to see what my method produces:
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I prefer Stay-flo because it doesn't have any smell to it at all (my kids have allergies & asthma; my customers' kids may too ). I don't have to worry about drying time because I BAKE them after I drench them. They are nice & stiff when I'm done. I'd love to see some of yours too!

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Here's a sample of my baked, starched layers to see what my method produces:
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I prefer Stay-flo because it doesn't have any smell to it at all (my kids have allergies & asthma; my customers' kids may too ). I don't have to worry about drying time because I BAKE them after I drench them. They are nice & stiff when I'm done. I'd love to see some of yours too!

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Newbie question here: When you bake them, have you ever had a problem with the ribbon design bleeding all over itself?

Did I leave them in the oven too long?

Or starch too heavily? I think on that group I used aerosol starch because I hadn't mixed up my Sta-Flo yet. Could that be the problem?

Thanks! Your bows are gorgeous!
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cool idea. you can get the condiment cups for like 1.00 at walmart for 4.
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So what do you guys use to hold your bow up to keep it fluffy looking while baking? Or does the stay-flo do this?
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Newbie question here: When you bake them, have you ever had a problem with the ribbon design bleeding all over itself?

Did I leave them in the oven too long?

Or starch too heavily? I think on that group I used aerosol starch because I hadn't mixed up my Sta-Flo yet. Could that be the problem?

Thanks! Your bows are gorgeous!
Make sure you bake your layers separately to avoid bleeding as much as possible. If it is still a problem, you can use small pieces of waxed paper as a barrier.

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So what do you guys use to hold your bow up to keep it fluffy looking while baking? Or does the stay-flo do this?
The angles and the creases hold the loops so they are perky. After I drench my bows, I use my fingers to shape the bows while on the cookie sheet exactly how I want them to stay. The starch just keeps them from getting pushed out of shape and makes sure they are held in a perfectly symmetrical position.

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cool idea. you can get the condiment cups for like 1.00 at walmart for 4.
Sweet! I will check this out! I need more and the dollar tree was out of my little glass bowls
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