Snowflake stiffener

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=blue]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? [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=blue]Thanks so much![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=blue]anne[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

I’ve only ever used laundry starch (or maybe cornstarch) and I have no idea how they would affect crystal beads. Sorry!

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…

This might work.

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2900&PRODID=prd44463

Are snowflakes easy to make?Is there a free pattern somewhere?

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.

[COLOR=royalblue][COLOR=blue]They are fun! and not difficult at all. :cheering: and there are tons of free patterns online… here are a few sites.[/COLOR] [/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]http://home.inreach.com/marthac/snow.html[/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/snowflakes.php[/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]http://www.hobbyloco.com/Cpatt1.html[/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]http://home.wideopenwest.com/~sag55/christmas.html[/COLOR]

[COLOR=blue]here are a few! [/COLOR]

[COLOR=blue]anne[/COLOR]