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Old 07-20-2010, 07:26
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I saw a tutorial that used a heat embossing gun for scrapbooking. Took a bit to get it going, but it curled the same as using a candle.
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I saw a tutorial that used a heat embossing gun for scrapbooking. Took a bit to get it going, but it curled the same as using a candle.
Those blow a lot of wind too though.
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I saw a tutorial that used a heat embossing gun for scrapbooking. Took a bit to get it going, but it curled the same as using a candle.
Yep, I use an embossing gun. I love it! I just put a heat proof glove on one hand to hold the fabric. Then you can hold your thumb towards the edge of the fabric, point the gun at it, and the fabric will curl right up over your thumb. I feel like it gives me a lot more control over the shape and size of each piece. And, when I layer them all together, if they aren't fitting together quite right, I can use the gun on the whole flower to make them curl together and lay nicely. Here's a pic of one I did that way this afternoon
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:33
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Thanks for the picture. I have not tried it yet and I need a glove like yours! I have a million circles cut and have not sat down for the next step yet. My embossing gun does not blow, so I'm sure it will work great!
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:43
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I started out using jar candles and hated it, I coundn't control the curl, but then I switched to tea lights, they work really well, just make sure you don't have a draft because the flame can lick the fabric, but sometimes a little burnt edge looks nice!
this is one technique where it doesn't have to be perfect. Some materials burn faster than other or catch heat faster, always test a sample piece before you singe your circles.
I attached a few of mine so you can see some that are slightly singed to some that have crispy edges.
good luck and practice does make perfect.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:14
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I saw a tutorial that used a heat embossing gun for scrapbooking. Took a bit to get it going, but it curled the same as using a candle.
Thanks for that tip!! I am going to try my embossing gun today. I use long lighters to singe mine. I tried jar candles and tea lights; they don't work for me. I can control where it curls with the lighters.

If i leave it on the white or light pink a little too long they turn brownish. I leave it that way until I sew the flower together, then if it shows I cut it off and lightly singe where it was. You can't tell it was ever there. I singe on all my flowers after they are sewn together; sometimes there are flat areas or petals need a little more curl.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:15
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I started out using jar candles and hated it, I coundn't control the curl, but then I switched to tea lights, they work really well, just make sure you don't have a draft because the flame can lick the fabric, but sometimes a little burnt edge looks nice!
this is one technique where it doesn't have to be perfect. Some materials burn faster than other or catch heat faster, always test a sample piece before you singe your circles.
I attached a few of mine so you can see some that are slightly singed to some that have crispy edges.
good luck and practice does make perfect.

Very Pretty!!
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Beautiful flowers, what kind of material is that on the last flower? Can i only use organza?


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I started out using jar candles and hated it, I coundn't control the curl, but then I switched to tea lights, they work really well, just make sure you don't have a draft because the flame can lick the fabric, but sometimes a little burnt edge looks nice!
this is one technique where it doesn't have to be perfect. Some materials burn faster than other or catch heat faster, always test a sample piece before you singe your circles.
I attached a few of mine so you can see some that are slightly singed to some that have crispy edges.
good luck and practice does make perfect.
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I had the same problem and realized it was the lighter I was using! Hubby bought me lot of different ones to try out (most would hurt my fingers after a while) and ONLY ONE didn't burn the fabric. Not sure of the brand but it's the clear see through regular ones.

I don't like using tea lights because I don't feel I have the same control as using the lighter
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:23
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I love making these! I personally like the darker edges, especially the red ones I did tonight. I think they look more realistic. I'm curious the fabric used also. I am currently using satin, but have used the organza. I am using another brand of satin and it singes differently then the satin I was using last week. Weird!

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