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Basic Method of Stiffening Fabrics for Flower Making

All the fabrics that are used in flower making, need be be stiffened before use. This makes fabrics more stable, gives them body and rose course kits ultimately allows petals and leaves keep their 3D shape.

There are different ways of stiffening fabrics and different stiffeners one can use. Below in a short video I am sharing a basic method of stiffening fabrics for flower making using Stiffy, a PVA glue based stiffener. With the same success you can dilute some good quality white fabric PVA glue (check your proportions on a sample first) and use it to stiffen fabrics in the same way.

To browse professionally stiffened velvets and metallic fabrics for flower making visit this section. These specialist fabrics can make a great addition to the plain silks and cottons you have stiffened yourself.

If you wish to know how to stiffen velvet and lace read this blog post.

 

2 Responses

  1. Joanne Fox
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    HI there, I recently bought a flower making tool for you but it is too wide to fit into my soldering iron, can you recommend one that it will fit into?

    • Svetlana Faulkner
      Svetlana Faulkner
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      Dear Joanne,

      Thank you for your message. I did reply to you last week about it, please see my message below:

      A suitable soldering iron to be able to accommodate flower shaping tools should have a 6 mm wide shaft. It helps if there is a screw to tighten the tools inside the soldering iron. The model I have successfully used so far has been this one by Weller

      Weller SP40N 40 Watt/240 Volt

      However this model has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is becoming difficult to find. Currently I am looking for a model that would be able to replace it.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions.

      Kind Regards,

      Svetlana

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