Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How to make korker ribbon

If you've ever bought korker then you know that making it yourself would save quiet a bit of money.
It is pretty easy to do, but does take a little time.

You will need:
1.A stove
2.Ribbon (preferrably 3/8) (This works great with grosgrain or satin.)
3.Wooden dowel rods
4.Clothespins (wood, not plastic! lol)
5.tin foil or a flat baking sheet
6.Starch is optional

Preheat your oven to 350-400 degrees.

Take your 5/8 ribbon and spin it around the wooden dowels until you reach the end of the rod, or you run out of ribbon.Which-ever comes first!
Use the wooden clothespins to hold your ribbons in place.

If you want to use starch, spray it now. (I personally don't use it and I've never had a problem with ribbons going straight.)

Congrats! your finished with the hardest part!

Now, put your ribbon-covered dowels on foil, or a pan and place them in the oven.Yes, that's right - I want you to COOK THE RIBBON!
Let it stay in the oven for 20-45 mins (depending on the quality of the ribbon.)
Check on your ribbon ever so often to be sure nothing is browning or bleeding color.

After 30 mins, take it out and check to see how curly it is.It may be done, or need additional cooking time.You will be able to tell by the curls.
When your ribbon bounces back, or seems to stick to the dowel a little, it is done!

Darker colors sometimes bleed onto the dowels and light colors sometimes dull a little. To prevent these problems, keep like colors all together and wrap the light colors in tin-foil.

See, that was easy! Now that you know how to make your own korkers you can move on to making your own hair bows!

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