how to heat seal ribbon
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I use a lighter when I use ribbon for craft projects, but you have to be quick, lol. If you do it right, you can't even see it.
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Posted at 11:26 am Oct 30, 2010 EDT
I have used the wood burner, but it leaves a ridge on the edge of the ribbon that I didn't like. It was a really easy and quick way to cut and seal ribbon at the same time. You simply use the wood burner on a metal surface with a metal ruler to give you a straight edge.
My favorite technique is to use one of those liquid tea lights like this:
I think I got mine at Target or Walmart right around Halloween time. They are great because they don't put off smokey soot that can stain the ribbon like I found that candles do. If you hold the ribbon slightly away from the flame and watch carefully, you can get a nice sealed ribbon without a noticeable edge.
Posted at 8:57 pm Oct 30, 2010 EDT
I usually light a candle, press the cut tail onto a wet sponge to moisten, then very quickly wave it back and forth over the candle's flame. If you're quick about it, it seals perfectly to stop fraying, and you won't get the singed effect, because it's damp... unless you want the singe, of course ;)
Posted at 10:18 pm Oct 30, 2010 EDT