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Old 11-05-2011, 12:51
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I need to start making hairbows for my boutique- what system would you recommend- I need the easiest instructions. Cost at this point is not an issue. Also, what other supplies besides ribbon would you recommend.

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well, i could not live without my gator bite for creasing bows, a wood burning tool, lots and lots of ribbon. there is a thread here i have read that gives a list of everything you need. let me see if i can find it.
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Gator bite, ribbon, woodburner and lots of clippies and ribbon for lining them. As for instructions I love the bbm templates and books. Other people recommend no bow no go but I've never tried it. The bbm site is www.littlepinkladybug.com
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No bow no go, definitely. They are they easiest templates and work out perfect every time. I have had all the others and I just didn't like them as much. I used to use the gator bite until one one my daughters bows, luckily hers and not a customers) pulled apart. I find it just as easy to sew. Basic colors, you already have a boutique, so you know what will sell. Don't go overboard buying every color just yet.

Single alligator clips, double sided tape (Kates craft store sells it, she is a member on her as well), upholstery thread (for sewing the bows), wood burner, sharp scissors, hot glue gun.

Lots of patience in the beginning.

Have fun.

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OK ladies - I have just purchased a wood burning tool and need instructions and hints for using it. I cut a ribbon with it to see how it works. If I cut the ribbon with it will I not have to heat seal the ends. I think it would be great to cut korkers if that is the case. I would appreciate any hints!!

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Mine hasn't been taken out of the package. Are you supposed to use the wood burner on top of wood or glass?
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I've heard of people using their wood burner on cookie sheets, but I think glass is the way to go. I have a really nice thick piece of tempered glass that I use. I place it over a rotary cutting mat so I can measure and cut at the same time.

My other recommendation is to use the fine point tip, not the chisel. If you want to cut straight lines the chisel is okay, but I use metal stencils for small things and I freehand a lot when I make ribbon sculptures. I like having the control that the fine point allows.
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I second the BBM templates. Been using them for 3 years and love them. Just got the new snap templates and love them as well!! Even for a beginner!!
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No bow no go, definitely. They are they easiest templates and work out perfect every time. I have had all the others and I just didn't like them as much. I used to use the gator bite until one one my daughters bows, luckily hers and not a customers) pulled apart. I find it just as easy to sew. Basic colors, you already have a boutique, so you know what will sell. Don't go overboard buying every color just yet.

Single alligator clips, double sided tape (Kates craft store sells it, she is a member on her as well), upholstery thread (for sewing the bows), wood burner, sharp scissors, hot glue gun.

Lots of patience in the beginning.

Have fun.

Lynne
Pinny & Tunny

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