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Old 07-03-2010, 12:00
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I am so frustrated. First of all....I'm having a heck of a time getting piked heat sealed without warping....any ideas? i only have a lighter.... or matches

I'm trying to do a stacked bow....I have a 3 in blue zebra twisted bow (or an attempt at a twisted bow) and a 4 in black twisted. and ability to re-make spikes....I'm trying to make for my cousin's brand new baby girl.
What is my next step?
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:05
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You need to get a wood burner! They are about $12 at walmart. so much easier to heat seal your ends. I had same problem when I used a lighter as It is really hard to control flame without applying too much heat to one area, causing warping/melting of ribbon.
With a wood burner, simple swipe on the barrel of wood burner and it is sealed!
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Yup, you need a wood burner. There is no way I coould do spikes without it! It makes it so much easier and faster. Just be careful and dont do what I did. I had a pair of finished baby bows sitting on my desk. I was working on another set. Somehow the finished ones got pushed under the woodburner and melted! I was so mad cuz they were for an order I was almost done with Oh well lesson learned, now I keep the area very clear.

I would put the large bow on the bottom, then spikes 2 colors, then next bow, then finish it off however you like. HTH
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If you can't get a wood burner right now try folding the ribbon in half, cut your angle and then fastly slide your flame across the angle and then open up and your spikes should be heat sealed without warping. HTH
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Thanks...i didn't think a wood burner would be so cheap.
I have a gift card to wal-mart from my birthday...looks like my gift is a wood burner

So if the bigger bow is black and the smaller bow is turquoise with black zebra stripes.....should the spikes be black, turquoise or zebra???? I have OCD so i have a hard time picking the colors....if they aren't just right....
(thats why I like to buy ribbon collections. Saves me headaches!)
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Personally, I would do the spikes like this, mind you I am talking from the 1st straight across spike working up (x pattern), hope this makes sense.

center straight across spike - turquoise zebra striped
then black
then turquoise

I always try to make the straight across spike the same color as my center bow, then the spikes are coordinating colors of the spike or even colors in the surrounding loops.

Ok, I probably just confused you more, sorry!

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Thanks...i didn't think a wood burner would be so cheap.
I have a gift card to wal-mart from my birthday...looks like my gift is a wood burner

So if the bigger bow is black and the smaller bow is turquoise with black zebra stripes.....should the spikes be black, turquoise or zebra???? I have OCD so i have a hard time picking the colors....if they aren't just right....
(thats why I like to buy ribbon collections. Saves me headaches!)
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:27
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Thanks...i didn't think a wood burner would be so cheap.
I have a gift card to wal-mart from my birthday...looks like my gift is a wood burner

So if the bigger bow is black and the smaller bow is turquoise with black zebra stripes.....should the spikes be black, turquoise or zebra???? I have OCD so i have a hard time picking the colors....if they aren't just right....
(thats why I like to buy ribbon collections. Saves me headaches!)
If you have a hobby lobby near you, they are $14 I think, but then you can use a coupon and they end up being cheaper than walmart. I have never used a wood burner for spikes though.

I just fold the ribbon in half, cut at an angle, then keeping it folded and starting at the crease move the flame quickly to the tips of the spikes. I do not have any trouble that way, but it did take me a while to get it down
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I agree with mixing up the spikes! I generally do my spikes in the different ribbons that I used for my main bow. I think it adds depth when you mix it up. As for the ends of the ribbon, I use a lighter and do as the others have said. It takes some practice but, I work in my lap off of a tray in the living room (watching the kids while I work!) so a woodburner wouldn't work for me. If you can invest in a woodburner it is much easier and it comes in handy when making the various shaped clippies as well. HTH

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