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Old 08-18-2011, 02:26
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Default How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

Ok so lately, ive seen a lot of bows with PERFECTLY cut spikes. OKAY HOW are they so perfect? Mine are good but they dont always look like...PERFECT lol I have noticed that my cuts on the ends are like a more pointy spike than what ive been seeing,

see look at how great these spikes are!

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Is there a secret to making spikes ends "perfect" or do I just need to be more patient and less invasive with my spike cutting?! lol

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Old 08-18-2011, 07:28
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Default Re: How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

The Christmas bow spikes look like the were done the old fashion way: fold ribbon in half, use sharp scissors to cut across, while still folded, kiss the edges with a lighter.

The Mickey Mouse inspired one looks like it could have been done with a wood burner and a metal ruler.

I'm sorry to say but it really takes practice to get spikes just right. there are a few ribbon sellers that sell pre-cut spikes if you just can't get the hang of it.
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Default Re: How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

I have heard good things about the NBNG cutting tool that you can use with your wood burning tool. It is on my "christmas List"---of something to buy for myself!!!
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:42
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Default Re: How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

There was a post on here for a ribbon cutting machine, but it was several hundreds of dollars!

There are some tuts on here that I have seen so you may look for those too.

We dont do any spikes so we're not very much help!
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:45
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Default Re: How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

the only suggestion i have besides practice, practice, practice, is: if you are using scissors and doing them the old-fashioned way, SHARP scissors are a MUST
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:19
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The Christmas bow spikes look like the were done the old fashion way: fold ribbon in half, use sharp scissors to cut across, while still folded, kiss the edges with a lighter.

The Mickey Mouse inspired one looks like it could have been done with a wood burner and a metal ruler.

I'm sorry to say but it really takes practice to get spikes just right. there are a few ribbon sellers that sell pre-cut spikes if you just can't get the hang of it.
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also make sure your cutting them at the same angle so they match. if u post a pic we might be able to help u better on eactly what u need to work on : )
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:50
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Default Re: How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

Ok first I want to say I HATE the way my spikes look! I always feel like they need help.

The Mickey bow is mine, and I think my spikes are way less than perfect, lol. I do it "the old fashioned way" with cut in half and use a lighter, hope that helps
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Old 08-18-2011, 03:24
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Default Re: How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

I know what you mean for more pointy than you want them...all you got to do is cut at a less deep angle.that means that you have to start cutting more near to the end of the ribbon.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:02
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The old fashion way works great for me because you can make the cut as shallow or as deep as you want!
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:47
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Default Re: How to make perfectly cut edges on spikes?!

I rarely use ribbon, but I was also going to suggest the "old fashioned way" that is the way that I do spikes on the ribbons for my bow holders.
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