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Old 08-14-2007, 10:32 AM   #1
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snowflake stiffener
Good Morning,
I have just completed my first set of snowflakes and want to stiffen them. I have used crystal beads and do not want them to loose their sparkle--does anyone have any suggestions on which stiffening product would be best?

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Old 08-15-2007, 10:26 AM   #2
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I've only ever used laundry starch (or maybe cornstarch) and I have no idea how they would affect crystal beads. Sorry!
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you might just want to wipe the beads off while the starch is wet- or are the beads all the way through the piece? I was thinking if they are just at the points you could soak the piece, then use a wet paper towel to wipe off the beads so they don't look cloudy from the starch.

if you use a spray starch, you may want to put a bit of tape on the beads if they are big enough to cover- but again, if it is lots of itty bitty beads, that won't work.....
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This might work.

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...RODID=prd44463
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Are snowflakes easy to make?Is there a free pattern somewhere?
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I think I've said this before, but I recommend Spray Starch or powder starch, neither of which will effect your beads. I have used it on my on my tatting with beads and my pearl bead snowflake. It was fine. Take your time to build up the stiffness.
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Originally Posted by blueeyes28 View Post
Are snowflakes easy to make?Is there a free pattern somewhere?
They are fun! and not difficult at all. and there are tons of free patterns online... here are a few sites.
http://home.inreach.com/marthac/snow.html
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/snowflakes.php
http://www.hobbyloco.com/Cpatt1.html
http://home.wideopenwest.com/~sag55/christmas.html

here are a few!

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