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Old 03-06-2011, 04:56
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I know this may sound dumb, but I use glue dots when I am making ribbon figures. It lets me play with and for a short time move the ribbon if I am not happy with where I put it. I used to do a lot of scrapbooking and have a ton of glue dots left. After a short time they are permanent and it is really hard to move the ribbon!
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great tips.

whenever I need to use a dresspin to hold ribbn together, like in the middle when you make twisteds with a template or when you make the flower loop bows, I use a pushpin instead. It provides a better grip at the bottom and the needle doesn't go side to side.
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Thanks for posting these tips!! They seem as though they will be very helpful. I don't have anything to add at the moment, but hopefully in time I will.
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I am new to this, and I didn't see this posted yet but sometimes when I'm using hot glue, it oozes out the sides where I don't want it. When it cools, I pull it off but sometimes it leaves a little glue behind which is hard to scrape off. I hold the wood burner just above where the glue is and it usually melts way (watch out though, whatever you were gluing will be soft so just make sure to not move anything until the area cools again).
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I am new to this, and I didn't see this posted yet but sometimes when I'm using hot glue, it oozes out the sides where I don't want it. When it cools, I pull it off but sometimes it leaves a little glue behind which is hard to scrape off. I hold the wood burner just above where the glue is and it usually melts way (watch out though, whatever you were gluing will be soft so just make sure to not move anything until the area cools again).
I do this also
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Using a ceramic mug to hold your wood burning tool is a terrific idea. I have been trying to figure something out and the best I came up with was laying it on a ceramic trivet. It works okay except it is still very easy to get pulled off if you even barely move the electrical cord. I will definitely be using a mug next time. Thanks for the wonderful tip.
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i hate to turn on the oven on a hot day..so when i need to make a bow stiff i spray it with strach and put it in the micowave..depending on the ribbon for stain..2 min..and for gross grain..3 min or once dry...works great...
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i hate to turn on the oven on a hot day..so when i need to make a bow stiff i spray it with strach and put it in the micowave..depending on the ribbon for stain..2 min..and for gross grain..3 min or once dry...works great...
good tip, i bet it saves energy too!
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Here is my tip that helped save my fingers

When I first started making bows and learning to use my glue gun and wood burner, I kept a small bowl of cold water on the table to dip my fingers in when I got hot glue on them. Helped stop the burn of hot glue really quick!!! I keep burn gel on my table too.
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Right now, I'm just dabbling in bow making (daughter will only wear headbands, so I've been focusing on those), so these tips are great. Mine will most likely be one everyone knows, but...

When making flower petals or butterfly wings (rounded edges) out of 1.5 ribbon, use a medicine cup as a template. It's the perfect size (I didn't feel like searching for a washer like I use for the 7/8 ribbon).
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