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Old 10-28-2009, 10:43
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Default Starching bows

Hi all! I'm pretty new to bow making, and am really appreciating all of the tips & insight shared by those of you who've btdt! Thanks!

I am thinking I need to do something to stiffen my bows, and bought some Niagara spray starch, but now I'm not sure how to use it with finished bows.
When you use spray starch, does it work without baking? I am nervous about baking my bows because I have a crazy oven that doesn't regulate temperature well AT ALL, and always burns whatever I put in it.

TIA for any help you can give me!

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Old 10-28-2009, 10:57
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Joannes, has a spray that is a fabric stiffner, no baking no soaking nothing, its perfect for stiffning something thats already made, it does however darken the ribbon a tad, only notice if you compare the before and after, the best thing is you control how stiff you want it, I would think that just one coat is good for that, I use it on my tiny satin bows, and it really keeps the shape. I dont remember what its called, but its the only one that is this easy to use. its a white bottle with a "spritz" type spray not aerosol. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:25
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is starching ur bows a must, or only for bigger stacked bows?
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:52
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I starch the heck out of all my bows but that could just be me. I bake my surrounds and some of my larger bows (before I put them together) but if my oven was wishy washy with the temp then I'm not sure if I would bake either!
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:57
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the only starching stuff I have seen is called stiffy, will this work?
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:11
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I've used the regular starch (Niagra brand or like) to starch my bows. I starch them before I finish them off the center and before I attach the clip. My large bows, I do starch and then bake very lightly - about 210 degrees for about 15 mins. Just enough to help stiffen the starch. Some of the smaller bows, I just lightly starch and let it dry overnight. Hope this helps some :-)
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:31
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Thanks for the help!!
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:41
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I starch mine with regular spray starch and I just let them air dry and they are still soft but firm that they dont get all smooshed up
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:39
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I use sta-flo laundry starch diluted down to 50/50 with tap water. I do *ALL* of my layered twisted boutiques starched. I drench and bake each layer, then assemble. If the bow/ korker still seems floppy when assembled, I'll give it a spritz of a fast-drying aerosol starch like Niagara as a finishing spray.

I won't do twisted boutiques or layered boutiques any other way. I'm a little CDO (OCD in alphabetical order!).
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:12
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I stuff the loops of mine with plastic grocery bags to hold them in the shape I want and spray with heavy fabric starch and let them dry for a few hours. I saw a tut somewhere that recommended using tissue paper to do it, but I had tissue paper stick to one of my bows. The grocery bags are plentiful, cheap (ok, free , recyclable, and don't stick.

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