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Old 09-07-2010, 10:27
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I have the singed flower tut and I've made a few flowers from organza that I think turned out pretty good. In the tut it says that you can use crepeback satin so last weekend I went and bought a BUNCH of crepeback satin but can not for the life of me get it to look right. Does anyone have any special tricks to get the flower to look right? The fabric is gorgeous but it looks really funny when I try to get it to ruffle on the edges like a petal. The tut said not to use the cheap stuff, so of course I think I got the most expensive polyester satin I could find. My guy is going to be really mad if I can't make flowers out of all this fabic, please help.

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The first two pics are my first singed I've made, the last two are when I try to use satin.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:11
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Maybe post a pic so we can see whats happening?
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:20
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i know when i've used some different material to make mine that sometimes i have to heat underneath the edges to get it to curl up. it's hard to explain...like it needs the additional heat to curl up. so maybe try that? just be careful you don't burn through the petal...
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What did you use in the first pictures because those purple ones are gorgeous!?! I usually find I have problems more with the organza going into holes.

What I do with the satin is usually go around the edge to begin with and melt it all and it will curl up slightly. Then I go around again picking bits and pieces to singe somemore. How far away from the flame are you? I find the closer to the flame I hold the material the more control I have, if I hold it up higher then the material will kinda melt and shape really quickly...
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If using a lighter, I've found heating the edges from the bottom/underneath and work your way around will curl the edges better. I also found that a candle works good for fabric petals. Seems to give off more/higher heat to help curl. Good luck!
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The purple I got from Wal-mart of all places and I know you guys won't believe me but the solid is Sateen and the sheer is some type of Nylon that matched. Both are not supposed to be used, but I bought it when I couldn't remember which fabrics I was supposed to get. It works awesomely (so far). I've also used Organza and didn't have a problem either. I thought I would try Satin because the tut said it had good shape and I wanted something with a little more shine. Oh my goodness was it way more expensive. I also got more Nylon fabric at Joanns that has a beautiful shimmer and since I had good results with my Wal-mart Nylon fabric, but the Joanns fabric melts very easily so I have to be really careful.

Maybe I need to try to hold the material closer to the flame and not so much over the flame. The satin gets soooo hot and it takes quite a bit of heat to get it to do anything.

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What did you use in the first pictures because those purple ones are gorgeous!?! I usually find I have problems more with the organza going into holes.

What I do with the satin is usually go around the edge to begin with and melt it all and it will curl up slightly. Then I go around again picking bits and pieces to singe somemore. How far away from the flame are you? I find the closer to the flame I hold the material the more control I have, if I hold it up higher then the material will kinda melt and shape really quickly...
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I actually think the cheap stuff works better for whatever reason. I have done some w satin (not sure the type), and it is hard to work with. My edges usually turn out more flat than ruffled, but I use a spoon upside down to make it keep the shape as it singes.

Your lavender and pink ones turned out so pretty!
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If you heat the satin from underneath is that what gives the petals a ruffled appearance? I have done this with organza and have just ventured into satin today. I tried a couple of different things and not sure if I like the look or notl. I guess it is a matter of trial and error!! I would welcome any tips that someone might have and if I find something that works great I will also share!

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I actually think the cheap stuff works better for whatever reason. I have done some w satin (not sure the type), and it is hard to work with. My edges usually turn out more flat than ruffled, but I use a spoon upside down to make it keep the shape as it singes.

Your lavender and pink ones turned out so pretty!
I think I will go back to the cheap stuff, just wish they had more colors at
Wal-mart. I'm able to crank then out faster with the cheap stuff, I made some Satin that look a tiny bit better this weekend but they still take me about 30 minutes to do one. Thank you for the compliments, I ask my family what they think and they just look at me funny. My daughter is so sweet, she tells me everything I make is pretty so I'm not sure if she's just being nice or it really looks good.
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