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Fabric flower stiffening & shaping
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Hello all! I m hoping you can help me zero in on the best technique and/or product to stiffen and shape my fabric flowers.
I am looking for a spray product that will be used on flowers AFTER construction to help stiffen the petals but retain flexibility so petals can be slightly shaped.
The fabric I am using is 100% cotton voile. The petals are currently just a little bit too floppy for my taste, but don't require much to get them just right.
Looking forward to your recommendations!
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Posted at 4:18pm Jun 9, 2011 EDT
I took a class once where we created large bows out of cotton strips and used a product called "Stiffener something." I see it when I go to Michaels to get Mod Podge.
We spread the cotton strips on foil to protect the table and the stiffener was brushed on, allowed to dry just a wee bit, and then it was shaped around paper towel rolls to give it form. It was quite malleable until it dried.
Posted at 11:32pm Jul 20, 2011 EDT
Here's a couple I found:
Posted at 11:34pm Jul 20, 2011 EDT
I have used Stiffy by Plaid on my applique earrings. It says right on the front of the bottle "Fabric Stiffener". I read quite a bit before purchasing to find something that would work for me and I'm very happy with the results. Just a note; it is not a spray, you have to paint it on or soak your piece in it and then lay out to dry.
Posted at 4:58am Jul 21, 2011 EDT
I recently watched a few videos on YouTube on flower construction. One person used spray starch to stiffen the paper slightly and she then shaped the petals with a foam pad and ball tool or whatever its called. So I am going to try that with mulberry paper.
Posted at 7:57pm Jul 25, 2011 EDT