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Old 06-15-2009, 02:31
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Hey ladies! I received my WONDERFUL BBM templates on Friday and spent all weekend making the cutest bows. Well, one of them I had made for my DD to wear to Vacation Bible School this morning. I sprayed them with starch, pretty heavily, like 3 times, so they are pretty stiff, just like I like them. I allowed them to air dry on the kitchen table under the ceiling fan, it looked GREAT when she left this morning. Well, when she got home, all the stiffness is GONE....I mean GONE, it still looks okay but it is flimsy again, what happened? I usually use Stiffen Stuff, but I am out, and did the starch thing....do you guys know if baking them would have made a difference? Or does that just hurry up the drying process? Sorry this is so long, but now I am wondering if my customers bows are going drab too....and, no, she did not get the bow wet. HELP, anybody, please TIA
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I BAKE MINE AT 250 FOR 15 MINUTES THEN SPRAY WITH HAIRSPRAY!!!


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Hey ladies! I received my WONDERFUL BBM templates on Friday and spent all weekend making the cutest bows. Well, one of them I had made for my DD to wear to Vacation Bible School this morning. I sprayed them with starch, pretty heavily, like 3 times, so they are pretty stiff, just like I like them. I allowed them to air dry on the kitchen table under the ceiling fan, it looked GREAT when she left this morning. Well, when she got home, all the stiffness is GONE....I mean GONE, it still looks okay but it is flimsy again, what happened? I usually use Stiffen Stuff, but I am out, and did the starch thing....do you guys know if baking them would have made a difference? Or does that just hurry up the drying process? Sorry this is so long, but now I am wondering if my customers bows are going drab too....and, no, she did not get the bow wet. HELP, anybody, please TIA
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The thing I have found out with hairspray is, if it rains, it is gonna be gone, and then floppy bow again. There has to be an answer. I don't have such a big problem on little bows, but my DD is 5, and we like BIG bows, so they seem to need more stiffness, ya know?
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I BAKE MINE AT 250 FOR 15 MINUTES THEN SPRAY WITH HAIRSPRAY!!!
Do you starch, then bake, then hairspray?
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IMO, baking doesn't really stiffen them, it just makes them hold and bounce back into their shape better, so baking really won't make them stiff, but maybe using a different spray product on them will do better. I baked some bows about a week ago and I tried spraying one with starch and then sprayed one with hairspray and the hairspray bow got much stiffer, IMO. It could just be differences in starch and hairspray brands, though.

I hadn't thought about rain, though......is stiffen stuff waterproof? Maybe you could add a layer of waterproofer(I can't remember the brand name at the moment) on top of hairspray....maybe that would help.

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YEAH IM SORRY SHOULDVE BEEN MORE CLEAR ON THAT ON I JUST USE THE SPRAY STARCH THEN BAKE AND HAIR STRAY... MY DAUGHTER GETS WET DAILY AT DAYCARE AND I HAVENT HAD A PROBLEM WITH THEM HOLDING SHAPE
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I use a fabric stiffener from michaels and bake them at 250 10-20 mins depending on you oven.
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