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Old 07-15-2010, 07:26
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New to bowmaking....I notice most of my daughter's bows that are starched seem to hold their shape the best...So how do you use starch, what all do you use it on, and what kind is best?

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Hi there! I use starch on all of my bows. I personally spray the entire bow and kind of rub it into the ribbon. If there is excess I like to dab the excess off with a towel. Then I shape the bow to my liking, lay flat and let dry over night. When I have been in a bind and needed to get it dried fast I propped a blow drier up and put the bow underneath! LOL! I just buy the cheap stuff from Dollar General, Niagra Unscented. Hope that helps!
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:16
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I use hair spray.
Aussie spray and let sit overnight.
Works great
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:37
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I use Niagra spray starch as well, but I also bake my bows, they hold their shape really well when you bake. Spray your bows, shape, then put on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven @ 225 for 15 minutes. Be careful with printed ribbons though, some don't hold up well to baking if they are screen printed. You can bake them but not for the 15 minutes, I usually pull those out in 7-10 minutes, just keep an eye on them.
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I use Niagra spray starch as well, but I also bake my bows, they hold their shape really well when you bake. Spray your bows, shape, then put on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven @ 225 for 15 minutes. Be careful with printed ribbons though, some don't hold up well to baking if they are screen printed. You can bake them but not for the 15 minutes, I usually pull those out in 7-10 minutes, just keep an eye on them.
Hi there bowsbymomma! Thanks for the tips on baking. I had tried it once before, but it didnt turn out very well. Do you use glue on your bows at all? If so does it mess it up when you bake them? I sew mine, but I always put a dab of hot glue on the ends of the knots just to be sure so was curious if that would mess that part up! Going to give the baking a try soon!
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:22
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I should have mentioned that I bake BEFORE I finish my bows. I sew all my bows so I don't have issues when I bake. Anything that has been glued doesn't do too well when baked.

I basically make the bows, starch and bake, then I finish the bows, put on clips, centers, etc. Hope this helps.

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Hi there bowsbymomma! Thanks for the tips on baking. I had tried it once before, but it didnt turn out very well. Do you use glue on your bows at all? If so does it mess it up when you bake them? I sew mine, but I always put a dab of hot glue on the ends of the knots just to be sure so was curious if that would mess that part up! Going to give the baking a try soon!
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