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Old 01-13-2011, 02:00
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So I usually make I guess what would be considered mini korkers - 2.5 inches? I count the number of loops of corked ribbon and usually cut them into 4 loops each, 3/8 ribbon. I starch before I bake and after I sew them together and then after they are done, I starch and bake again before I put them on a clip. My questions are:

1. Whenever I try to make a larger korker, my ribbon seems to get floppier. My 'mini' korkers stay fairly perfect but my larger ones seem to un-kork or fall flat...I know a picture would help but my stupid computer won't read my memory card for some reason. The korks seems to all fall together or the whole bow kindof separates and falls..if that makes sense? Any tips? Maybe I'm making the pieces too long...how long do you make your pieces for your larger korkers..like 4 inches?

2. I know pricing is different for every area, but I can't figure out a good price for my korkers. I'm probably going to do mostly craft shows but also facebook (hopefully). I plan to sell them in pigtail sets, of 2 -2.5 inch korkers, and then individual 2.5 and 4 inch korkers. How much would you price each of these?

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Old 01-13-2011, 03:19
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Not sure why your larger ones are falling apart? The longest pieces in my big korkers are 3". Have you tried stiffening the korker after you put it together?

I don't sell bows so I can't help you with pricing.
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I spray with starch and bake after it's sewn but before it's on the clip...but maybe mine were too long? Is that how you stiffen them? Thanks for responding
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I spray with starch and bake after it's sewn but before it's on the clip...but maybe mine were too long? Is that how you stiffen them? Thanks for responding
I don't bake my bows and I haven't starched them (although I do have that on my *to do/to try* list). I use Aleene's stiffener which works great for me. I spray them when I'm done, put them in front of the fan and they're dry in a short time.

I think 4" might be a bit too long to work with? I'm only guessing, because I've never tried it. But 3" is the longest korker piece I've ever worked with (to make a korker bow).

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Thanks and that's what I was thinking...my ribbon was just too heavy cause they were too long. I'll have to look into that stiffener..thanks!
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Thanks and that's what I was thinking...my ribbon was just too heavy cause they were too long. I'll have to look into that stiffener..thanks!
Give it a try and let us know how it works out for you. Also, post some pics too (we love to see pics!)
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