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Old 10-05-2009, 05:03
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Default Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

Okay, I know everyone is probably sick of seeing threads about lining clips, but I've searched the forum and not found any good tutorials on fully lining alligator clips.

I have to ask, is there some sort of trick I don't know about? I have tried and tried (and wasted a ton of ribbon and clips) trying to fully line my clips, but mine always seem to end up slightly off-kilter. Either that, or the glue from my hot glue gun dries before I can get the last little bit of ribbon tucked under the inside "top" part of the clip.

Is there a good tutorial that exists for this somewhere? Does anyone have suggestions? Or better yet, is there some special trick for making my fully-lined clips perfect that I just don't know about?

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:09
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

Again.. TAPE!! I love my new tape!! Before when I had to hot glue I would put glue on the bottom side attach the ribbon then the top attached the ribbon... only do one side at at time or your glue will dry. I HIGHLY recommend the tape though. Maybe the afein can help you find some.. if you're lucky she has some left over from her tape buy!!

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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

I prefer to do partially lined clips. Make sure you use high-temp gun/glue. I apply the glue directly on the ribbon, and then smooth it out with the side of glue gun tip. Then just press it on to the clip.
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

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Again.. TAPE!! I love my new tape!! Before when I had to hot glue I would put glue on the bottom side attach the ribbon then the top attached the ribbon... only do one side at at time or your glue will dry. I HIGHLY recommend the tape though. Maybe the afein can help you find some.. if you're lucky she has some left over from her tape buy!!

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I agree. Don't use hot glue. If she doesn't have any left over, you can use Sealah tape: http://www.jodeesincstore.com/catego...4?categoryId=2 or Terrifically Tacky tape, which you can find in the scrapbook section at Walmart or at Michael's. SO much easier and looks so much better than glue.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:21
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

Thanks I never relized you can use something other that the glue gun.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:39
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

I currently use Sealah tape (which I love) and ordered some tape from the tape buy mentioned above (as that also has high reviews). Honestly, after using tape, I could never go back to lining a clip with a glue gun!
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

I partially line with tape. I've found that fully lined clips are harder to stick in my daughter's hair because it is fine.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:59
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

Thanks for the input everyone! I can't believe how many people have suggested to me that I use tape. Now I can't wait to get my hands on some of this stuff to give it a try! My only worry is how long the "tape" holds up after time.

I usually do single-lined clips for my own daughter's fine hair, because I feel like the fully-lined clips don't slide into her hair as easy. It gets kind of tangled. That said, a lot of my friends who buy these from me are pretty "posh" mommies, and they prefer the double-lined clips because they think they look nicer. So, I make both. Single for my daughter, fully lined for my friends.

Thanks again for the help. If anyone else has suggestions on how to do the fully lined with a glue gun, I'm all ears.

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Old 10-06-2009, 02:49
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

I dont' use tape...only hot glue (High temp) When fully lining, put about an inch of glue--adhere to inside of clip. Then, add glue and press down as you go--Keep doing this until you're done...Don't put glue on the whole strip of ribbon and try that way, it'll harden before you get to the end. I hope this makes sence...
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Default Re: Is there a trick for fully-lining alligator clips?

I use glue as well... Sometimes I use fabric-tac. I can use it with my kids running around. Except that my little girl tries to put the lid back on for me everytime I set the bottle down. I always start with the inside of the bottom clip and work around (or the very bottom for a partially lined clip. I like to finish the underside after the bow is attached so that I can cover up the underside... I have never used the tape.. What width do you use?
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