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View Poll Results: How do you spike it? (choose all that apply)
Snip & flame 71 48.30%
Snip & barrel of wood burner 27 18.37%
Wood burner 16 10.88%
Tack the middle w/ wood burner to fuse 9 6.12%
Leave flat & tie 18 12.24%
Stitch & Crease 60 40.82%
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:25
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Uh oh, I bet I confused both of you to the point of no return

No, it makes perfect sense! I think I might try making my tops & bottoms of the spikes a bit wider apart so my slit doesn't have any chance of showing...

I love doing it this way, it is so much faster. Try stabbing through the middle of your spikes next time. Smoosh it with something heat proof (like the bottom of a glass, etc) to ensure the melted layers touch when cooling & fusing together. You'll be amazed at how secure it is.
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No, it makes perfect sense! I think I might try making my tops & bottoms of the spikes a bit wider apart so my slit doesn't have any chance of showing...

I love doing it this way, it is so much faster. Try stabbing through the middle of your spikes next time. Smoosh it with something heat proof (like the bottom of a glass, etc) to ensure the melted layers touch when cooling & fusing together. You'll be amazed at how secure it is.
I definitely agree burning the layers together in the middle is very secure, you're absolutely right about that I just don't believe I have the precision to make the burned slits. I need more practice doing that. What tip do you use for those, if you don't mind sharing?
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I definitely agree burning the layers together in the middle is very secure, you're absolutely right about that I just don't believe I have the precision to make the burned slits. I need more practice doing that. What tip do you use for those, if you don't mind sharing?
Flip the stack over so the dark, melted ribbon isn't visible. Use a ruler, make sure it is perpendicular to your horizontal/center ribbon, and go for it!
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Flip the stack over so the dark, melted ribbon isn't visible. Use a ruler, make sure it is perpendicular to your horizontal/center ribbon, and go for it!
You have such confidence! lol I'd love to try it, but I'm a little gun shy
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Wow! What a great idea!! I actually have a love/hate relationship with my woodburner - I tried using it to make my dovetails and succeeded in fusing the ends together. I wish I could use it for that - the cut and burn method takes forever sometimes!!!

When I do my spikes, I sew them straight up and down, then I slightly cinch them - they still lay mostly flat. I usually use a modified pinwheel bow for my bottom bow on my stacked bows, so I think that helps everything lay a bit flatter.

I think I will try the woodburner trick on my spikes tomorrow!
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I lay all my spikes on top of each other, put a pin in the center, fan them out, clip the middle with an alligator clip, slide it into my gator bite and tie, perfect crease every time

Then I sew up the middle just to make sure none of the spikes can be pulled out

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:33
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I have done it both ways but I always cinch my spikes. I never thought about not cinching them. Shelley you really can't tell that much of a difference from cinching and non cinching. Both bows are gorgeous. I would guess when you don't cinch you don't have that much center bulk when you are stacking everything together in the end.
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I lay all my spikes on top of each other, put a pin in the center, fan them out, clip the middle with an alligator clip, slide it into my gator bite and tie, perfect crease every time

Then I sew up the middle just to make sure none of the spikes can be pulled out

Krista
This is how i do mine too. Although sometimes I like to add more spikes and the crease does tend to be more bulky than i like. I may have to invest in a woodburner now
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:41
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I think the benefit of doing spikes with the woodburner method, is that the angles of the spikes don't get distorted when cinching them up. That drives me nuts. I will be doing my spikes this way from now on, but will separate them a bit more so I don't have to make the woodburner slit as long. I don't want it to be visible.

LOVE this method. It is so much faster & even for me.
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Bought a woodburner months ago and used it like 3 times, lol. I need to get into using it more...

I am the same way....i thought i would use it all the time...but the lighter seems easier most days
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