Monday, October 1, 2012

How to Curl Grosgrain Ribbon

3 o'clock is creeping up.  Are you awake?  *Taps Screen*

I sure hope so, because this afternoon, I'm going to share with you a quick tutorial on how to curl grosgrain ribbon!  It's so easy, and once you try it, you'll be searching to find more projects to try this tactic on!

To start;

You'll Need:
3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
Dowel Rods

Foil covered Cookie Sheet (A jelly roll, or foil pan can also be used)
and your oven

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees, and line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with foil. If using a foil pan, you can skip this step.

With your 1st dowel rod, take the very tip of your ribbon and secure it with a clothes pin.
 Twirl the ribbon around the rod until you've reached the very end.  *TIP* The spacing you wind the ribbon around the dowel rod, will dictate how tight the curling will be.  For instance, if you space the ribbon closer together, the curl will be tighter.  If it's spread further apart, it will be loser.  Make sense?
Once you've twirled your ribbon to the very end of the dowel rod, snip the ribbon with your scissors, secure with clothespin, and add to the cookie sheet.

Repeat these steps,  until you've reached the appropriate number of ribbon to make your bow.  For Korker bows, I typically use 17-25 pieces total.  (These pieces are are all cut down into different lengths from one dowel.  From one dowel, I usually cut that down into 3 pieces, so you would need at least 9 dowels to make one korker bow. Capeesh?)
Place cookie sheet into your preheated oven, and bake at 225, for 30 minutes.

When the timer goes off, take cookie sheet out of the oven, and let them sit for a few minutes.

It doesn't take very long at all, so once they're cool to the touch, take each ribbon off the dowel, one by one.

To do this; un-clip the clothespins, and on a flat surface, push/pull the ribbon downward.
 You're ribbon should look like this:

Oh Yeah...YOU just did it!

Pardon me, while I break out the McHammer.  Peace!


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