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Old 02-21-2008, 01:45
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I'm new to this group and love coming here! I've been making bows for awhile now, and thought I knew how to finish my ribbon ends well, but then I saw the below message posted on a boutique website. Does anyone have any idea what they use to cut the ends with, without using fray check or heat sealing? I would LOVE to know!!

First, our ribbons are cut using the most advanced cutting system available. Our cutting system ensures ends never fray. We never use “fray check” because this can make hair bows look “home-made”or "crafty".

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hello! I imagine they are refering to cutting the ribbon with a woodburning tool. I hope someone here would have a link to show you how, I gotta run!
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Alright, thanks!! If anyone has a link/instuctions/advice on how to do this, I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!!
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I'll look for it hang on...
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I hope this works and I hope it helps I know there were other threads but this will get ya started till someone who knows what they are doing can help!!


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That website may want to consider a new technical writer. I'm sure there's a way to say they seal their ribbon nicely without seeming to put others down. I'm a rather diplomatic person though, so it might just seem that way to me.

As far as using a woodburner goes, they're great! Anyone who spends any amount of time around me knows that I rely on mine heavily.

I posted some woodburner-in-use pics in this thread: http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/produ...od-burner.html They're toward the end.
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Its definately the woodburner. I'm finishing up some korkers right now and let me tell you!!!! I couldn't stay sane if it wasn't for this thing! I have 22 korkers that I'm making. That's aLOT of cutting!
When you cut your korkers, do you use the ruler to make them straight or do you just have a steady hand?
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When you cut your korkers, do you use the ruler to make them straight or do you just have a steady hand?
I use a woodburner to cut korkers also and don't use a ruler either. I don't think I have a particularly steady hand, but I can manage to cut straight for for 3/8" or 1/4" pretty well. Plus, since the ribbon is curled, the cut at the end isn't all that noticable. If I do make a crooked cut and feel that it is not pretty enough, I'll move an eighth of an inch in from the end and try again.

However, I am too afraid of being burned to do it with just my fingers spreading apart the curled ribbon. I use a pair of tweezers to hold the ribbon down on my cutting surface (in my case, an old baking sheet) and open up the curl, then cut through the center (open part) of the tweezers. I hope that makes sense. You could also use small kitchen tongs, or pinch open an alligator clip and hold it down (although you have to keep pinching the clip or it will close - which is why I use tweezers, they stay open ). Try it!

When I first got the woodburner, I used to cut my korkers with scissors and lightly "brush" the ends with the woodburner to seal. It works but it's a lot more time consuming, I recommend cutting & sealing in one step. But, you could try that until you are more comfortable working with the tool and then you'll be really ready to move on to cutting with it.

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I use a pair of tweezers to hold the ribbon down on my cutting surface (in my case, an old baking sheet) and open up the curl, then cut through the center (open part) of the tweezers.
Ooo! Awesome tip! I love time savers like that, thanks so much!
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i count loops i do not measure
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