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Old 02-12-2011, 01:19
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This sounds like a great idea!!! So i followed the directions and added 1/2 cup of potato starch to small amount of water the added the rest of the boiling 2.5 cups of water. Mine turned clear but was very gloppy think, like jelly. Did yours come out liquid at that ratio (1/2 cup startch to 2.5 cups water)? Tryign to figure out what I did wrong and if I should just add massive amounts of water to mine. Thanks for any help or advice!
You added a half cup of potato starch? Doesn't the recipe call for 1 tablespoon?

Or you can make your own liquid starch.

1. 1 tablespoon potato starch flour (better than the cornstarch) in 2.5 cups water.
2. mix the starch into a small amount of cold water, and while stirring to keep it from settling out, add boiling
water. The boiling water will cook the starch and turn it transparent.
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Hi Maxine - Unfortunately the thread I followed did say 1/2 cup potato starch (i actually quoted that part of the thread so that was the actual original post). But I now am searching and see that there is either a different (or maybe revised) recipe for 1 tbsp. Defnitely think that will work lots better than the 1/2 cup I used to make my batch of jelly! Thanks
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Hi Maxine - Unfortunately the thread I followed did say 1/2 cup potato starch (i actually quoted that part of the thread so that was the actual original post). But I now am searching and see that there is either a different (or maybe revised) recipe for 1 tbsp. Defnitely think that will work lots better than the 1/2 cup I used to make my batch of jelly! Thanks
I saw that you followed the recipe that shinrin posted but somehow, it's not the original recipe (which is in the opening post by Michelle all the way at the top of the thread). shinrin probably just copied it wrong or something.

In any event, I'm keeping my fingers crossed it works for you this time! I only use Aleene's sitffener but I might have to try this myself
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Very nice! Thank you for sharing this.
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I am still somewhat new to bowmaking and never used starch for the bows now I know to start
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i was just wondering if you use the hairspray, is that not a problem if you are selling you stuff for like health and safety due to hairspray being so flammable? im in the uk so im guess regulations will differ from usa and any other country x
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