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Old 12-24-2009, 02:29
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Hi ladies. I read the NBNG instruction and it told me to bake my bow. I wonder if I can microwave it, since it's faster. If any of you have tried that out, how was it turned out? Also, do you bake and starch, or just bake? Can I just bake it without starching it? NBNG told me to use sta-flo, so what's the difference with starch solution if I make my own, like kitchen starch + water?
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:26
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I've just baked and it didn't seem much different for me. I don't know if a microwave would work and I'm not sure about the startch either. SInce they are using it from a can and not mixing it, there could be a different ratio of water that could mess it up if you mix your own. You could just make two little bows and try both ways to see if you notice a difference.
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I use sta-flo diluted 50-50 with water and bake all my bows (Don't have any purchased instructions, just learned by word of mouth & trial & error).

Never tried the microwave, but have had a fellow loopie recommend it for korkers. She says it works. If you are going to try to microwave ribbon, make sure it is saturated with starch first & ensure there isn't any metal on the bow .

I think cornstarch might leave a chalky, white film on the bow. Some people use it in mineral makeup. When I tried it, my face looked chalky white lol (and I'm already pretty pasty!)
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I used to microwave my bow and spray starch it later. The heat secure the shape of the bow because the ribbon is polyester. (about 20 m 800 w) after being microwaved the bow can be scrunched up in my hand and when I release it it bounce back again. Then I starch spray it and dry it with a hair blow dryer or alternatively a mini fan heater (in case I do a bunch of them). Works great for me.

As Shelley said, make sure your ribbon is not metallic.
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I used to microwave my bow and spray starch it later. The heat secure the shape of the bow because the ribbon is polyester. (about 20 m 800 w) after being microwaved the bow can be scrunched up in my hand and when I release it it bounce back again. Then I starch spray it and dry it with a hair blow dryer or alternatively a mini fan heater (in case I do a bunch of them). Works great for me.

As Shelley said, make sure your ribbon is not metallic.
OH wow! It works dry? I thought microwaves worked by exciting water molecules & causing friction. Now I have to go google microwaves.... (I am spending far too much time in school LMBO)


OK just googled. Microwaves excite water and "other polar molecules". I'm such a dork!
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I microwave some of my bows after starching if I need it to dry fast, works fine..
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I use sta-flo diluted 50-50 with water and bake all my bows (Don't have any purchased instructions, just learned by word of mouth & trial & error).

Never tried the microwave, but have had a fellow loopie recommend it for korkers. She says it works. If you are going to try to microwave ribbon, make sure it is saturated with starch first & ensure there isn't any metal on the bow .

I think cornstarch might leave a chalky, white film on the bow. Some people use it in mineral makeup. When I tried it, my face looked chalky white lol (and I'm already pretty pasty!)
I do not undersand about being short the charcrters if someone could explain
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how long do you microwave them for?
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I never put mine in the oven and it comes out good
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Hi ladies. I read the NBNG instruction and it told me to bake my bow. I wonder if I can microwave it, since it's faster. If any of you have tried that out, how was it turned out? Also, do you bake and starch, or just bake? Can I just bake it without starching it? NBNG told me to use sta-flo, so what's the difference with starch solution if I make my own, like kitchen starch + water?
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