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Old 08-25-2010, 03:12
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Hi everyone!!

I just bought a wood burner at WalMart last week to help me with my korkers. Before I bought the wood burner, I would twirl my ribbon, starch it, bake it, cut it, put fray check on the ends, then sew it. I figured this would save me SO much time!!

So I twirled my ribbon, starched it, baked it, cut it with my wood burner and aaaallllll of my light colored ribbons charred on the ends.

So then I twirled my ribbon, baked it, cut it with my wood burner, sewed it, starched it, then baked it, and aaaalllll of my light colored ribbons scorched. I just ruined 3 pairs of korkers - including the set I made my daughter for her first day of kindergarten!! I baked them at 250 for about 20 minutes.

I suppose if I starch it after I have made the korker, I just need to cook it at a lower temp and/or for less time?? But I definitely prefer the way the korker looks if it is starched on the dowel. Can anybody help me? Please
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:57
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Oh I feel for ya! That really sucks!!! i was in a rush the other day and quickly trying to make my daughter a bow to match her dress and used my lighter and WHOOSH! Way to close to the flame and ruined the ribbon

I have no suggestions for the korkers but sure someone else here does
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I wrap, cut with a rotary cutter, seal with wood burner, then sew.

I never starch mine. I spray the whole korker with a fabric stiffner after I sew them.

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I wrap, bake, remove from the dowels and cut with the wood burner. I never starch them, as there's no need, they always hold their shape. If you periodically wipe your wood burner on a damp cloth (esp after cutting a dark ribbon) you'll find you're less likely to have problems with marks being left.
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i wrap, bake, cut with rotary tool, heat seal, assemble on my clip than spray with starch. then i hang it upside down to dry.
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So I am curious how ya'll are sealing with a woodburner after it is already cut. Do you just run the ends across the edge of the woodburner?
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i wrap, bake, cut with rotary tool, heat seal, assemble on my clip than spray with starch. then i hang it upside down to dry.
that is one gorgeous korker...love it.
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i wrap, bake, cut with rotary tool, heat seal, assemble on my clip than spray with starch. then i hang it upside down to dry.
That is beautiful!!!

Thank you ladies, for all of your input!!! I think I will make the korker first, then spray with starch and hang it upside down to dry!! I'll let you all know how it comes out... Wish me luck!!!

What ratio of starch to water do you use?

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So I am curious how ya'll are sealing with a woodburner after it is already cut. Do you just run the ends across the edge of the woodburner?
You would use the woodburner to cut the ribbon, the heat seals it as you cut it.
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That is beautiful!!!

Thank you ladies, for all of your input!!! I think I will make the korker first, then spray with starch and hang it upside down to dry!! I'll let you all know how it comes out... Wish me luck!!!

What ratio of starch to water do you use?
for my korkers i just use niagra non-aerosol spray starch. it has a smell, not a bad smell. but it does go away and holds up very well. i bought mine at target. just spray right from the bottle. for my twisted bows i use stay-flo 50/50 (winco sells this) with water. i got all these awesome tips from a few hg! so i hope this helps you!!
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