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Old 01-18-2011, 08:53
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Default How to make stacked bows and loopy bows using an alligator clip

You all have been so helpful on this forum and in the short time I have been posting I have received such generous information to help and guide me. I really feel like I am in a new world that looks wonderful and I don't want to give up, I want to be a part of this wonderful world of bows, but I do get overwhelmed so easy when I see all the beautiful creations by everyone.
Anyhow, I would like to try making some stacked bows with the loops and spikes. My question is, how do you all decide what styles of bows to use when you make a stacked bow? When I have tried in the past I get one giant lump of bows that make the whole creation so thick. Plus because I want to do a great job, I have a hard time deciding what technique to use. I would once again appreciate any info, tidbits of knowledge you could pass on. I started learning to make some simple bows for my grand daughters, but like everyone else has found, the bow making is addictive!
I have another question. I love making the funky loopy bows, that is one thing I am pretty good at, but the french clips don't always give a firm hold in my grand daughter's hair. Does anyone know how to make these using an alligator clip?
Thanks again for all your help and support to me and others on this forum.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:26
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Default Re: How to make stacked bows and loopy bows using an alligator clip

Hi Janice. There is a way to make the funky loopy bows with a double prong alligator clip. Just make sure you get the double prong alligator clips with the hole in them and it's pretty much the same way as putting them on the french clip.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:49
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Default Re: How to make stacked bows and loopy bows using an alligator clip

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Hi Janice. There is a way to make the funky loopy bows with a double prong alligator clip. Just make sure you get the double prong alligator clips with the hole in them and it's pretty much the same way as putting them on the french clip.

I'm confused... I have been trying to figure this out also ~ the double prong clips have 2 prongs with a space between them. The single prongs have a long hole in the middle of the prong. How do you keep it from coming off at the end of the clip?? Onthe barette there is the "clip" part the holds it in place...
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:42
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Default Re: How to make stacked bows and loopy bows using an alligator clip

My best advice for the loopy bow on a alli clip would be to get ahold of a tutorial, such as doodles bowtique, there's another one as well from birdsong bows that shows you step by step with pictures how to do it. I personally use the method from birdsong. Tutorials really do help! The pictures and step by step in depth explanations really pay off rather than trying to just figure it out

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Old 08-25-2011, 10:48
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Default Re: How to make stacked bows and loopy bows using an alligator clip

It seems that it is the same as with a french clip.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:10
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Default Re: How to make stacked bows and loopy bows using an alligator clip

About a week ago I posted my version of instructions for putting a loopy bow and an alligator clip...just search loopy bow on alligator clip and it should come up. Good luck. I always like to figure things out for myself if I can avoid buying instructions as I'd rather my money go for supplies. Although I have bought instructions before for certain things and they were helpful.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:43
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Default Re: How to make stacked bows and loopy bows using an alligator clip

Janice, as you practice, you'll get better about making the bows look nice without having them look like they have a big "lump" in the center. One thing to do is make sure you use a long enough length of ribbon to make your bow loops a little bigger. And then "fluff" the bow up. Although it doesn't make your center any smaller, lol, it will APPEAR smaller. Does that make sense?

And I do have alligator instructions included in my tutorial -- thanks Dani. for the "nod." I've got a quick half-price sale on these today as well, for $5; just a couple left at that price today.

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I'm always happy to help, as well!

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