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Old 03-19-2010, 05:16
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I HATE making korkers. I love the way they look and customers love them too so sometimes I just have to make them. Here's my issue:
When I take the ribbon off the dowel before I cut it, the heat from the wood burner causes the ribbon to get less curly at the ends. When I cut the ribbon ON the dowel, I have to go slowly to keep from cutting the wrong spot since it is wrapped so tightly............then I end up with burned spots at the end of the ribbon. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:17
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Wish I could help, but I am hoping someone will reply because I have the same problem.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:36
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Hmmm....if your korkers are baked long enough they shouldn't be uncurling when you cut them. How long are you baking them for and at what temp?
Also, are you cutting them on the curl or in between curls (kwim)? I'm asking because your response might make a difference in how to respond.

Let me know. I'm happy to help. I've made a lot of korkers and have had pretty good luck with the woodburner. -Amy
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Hmmm....if your korkers are baked long enough they shouldn't be uncurling when you cut them. How long are you baking them for and at what temp?
Also, are you cutting them on the curl or in between curls (kwim)? I'm asking because your response might make a difference in how to respond.

One more question....are you waiting until they are totally cooled before you take them off the dowel and cut them? If they are still warm there's a good chance the korker will loose its shape when you are holding it to cut. Let me know!
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:46
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I bake them at 250 and most of the time I forget they are in there so they end up staying 30-45 minutes. It is only on the ends that it gets less curly when I cut wit the wood burner. If I cut with scissors and use fray check they are fine, but I don't want to do it that way. I want the ends heat sealed. Some of the ones I made over a year ago and used fray check on are starting to fray now.
I have usually cut straight across the ribbon so my korkers were spikey but I wanted to cut on a diagonal and try things that way. no luck.
I really wish korkers weren't so loved. They take forever.

ETA- I do let them cool completely. Like I said, if I use scissors they look fine but I want to heat seal.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:57
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bump anyone know?
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I also have that love/hate relationship with Korkers. Love the way they look, hate making them. I use a lighter to seal the ends. That is how I seal all of my bows. Just cut with the scissors and take lighter to ends, really quick. I've never used a woodburning tool, but tried fray check first and hated it. Very good turn out with lighter.
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I made some for the first time EVER.. today.

I took them off the dowel, and used my candle with tweezers. I used the tweezers to hold the curled ribbon to the candle. they're still al curly.
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