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Old 02-23-2011, 11:40
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Default Startching Bows?

Ok, so I used straight up starch on my bow and then blow dried it. I read some where to do that. Anyways, I need help...it didn't seem to hold it up and I have no idea how to go about baking. I need to know if i starch the ribbon BEFORE I shape the bow or what?

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Old 02-24-2011, 12:12
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I always starch then bake....225 degrees for 20mins...


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Old 02-24-2011, 12:41
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I shape the bow then starch then I might have to shape it again. I bake for about 15-20 min...200 degrees. If they are not stiff enough I do it all over again
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I always starch then bake....225 degrees for 20mins...


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thats what i do, but i check at 15 min to make sure not to stiff
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:25
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Does it matter what kind of starch you use.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:31
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I use heavy spray starch when I do my korkers.....

I think some ppl use stay flo watered down 1:1
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:14
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Does it matter what kind of starch you use.
I use the cheap 97cent stuff from WalMart
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:23
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Thanks Ladies, that is what I bought to use
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:46
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Default Re: Startching Bows?

I used to use spray starch, but decided to try the fabric stiffener from Michaels and it works GREAT. It is called Stiffen Stuff. Its around $7, but I always use one of my 40% off coupons when I buy it. It is very stiff at first and eventually gets softer with wear, but it has a great result and I have found that even after tons of wear it will still hold its shape so well. It is kinda of a pain because the nozzle gets clogged very easily so be sure to rinse off the nozzle with hot water after every time you use it. I sometimes forget and it will unclog after running through hot water for a while, but makes it harder if you do that. It is an 8 oz. bottle, but you really dont have to use alot. I have done 100's of bows with just one bottle. HTH!

Also, the Stiffen Stuff dries so fast. I usually put mine under the hair drier just because I am usually rushed during the drying process, but even if you leave it out on the counter or somewhere it will be dry within an hour or less.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:49
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Default Re: Startching Bows?

I now have a shelf full of starches that I've bought based on reviews I've read here. So far, none of them compare to Aleene's stiffen.

I don't bake my bows. I do bake korker ribbon, but I don't bake bows. I don't want to make more work for myself, so the stiffen product is just perfect for me.
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