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Shadesofme
« on: November 19, 2008 03:31:23 AM »

I'm looking for an easy way to make a solution that will harden up, and make my crochet permanent. any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008 03:37:52 AM »

What type of yarn or thread, and how thick is it?  Are you hardening for display purposes?
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008 03:40:52 AM »

I guess it's for display purposes. I'm using regular worsted weight yarn.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008 05:44:01 AM »

I've never tried it, but I've seen intructions that tell you to coat the crochet in white glue once complete and let it dry.  This may work for you, but I'm not sure.  I would test it first.  If you want the instructions search for crochet snowflake Christmas ornaments.   

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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2008 11:22:10 AM »

Some different things you could do:

the easiest and cheapest:
1-spray starch it.
2-water down some glue, and paint it over it.

then theres these:
3-Powertex fabric hardener
4-polyester resin
5-Paverpol Fabric Hardener
6-Sculptor's Fa-brick Fabric Hardener
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008 12:08:13 PM »

With spray starch and glue, if it got dirt on it, could i easily wipe it down?
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2008 05:29:16 AM »

With spray starch and glue, if it got dirt on it, could i easily wipe it down?

Just dust them with a little feather duster.  And that seems to do the trick.  Spray starch however, if you wanted you could toss the item in the washer on gentle, let air dry, then spray starch it again.  Just as you would with dirty clothes, that you starch them again.
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2008 05:03:08 PM »

Another option is to use a strach solution made from water and sugar. I think this method is a little less messier than glue+water.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2008 03:25:35 AM »

I tend to stay away from the sugar and water, I tried it once, and had ants from it.  Maybe I used to much sugar though.
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008 03:29:45 PM »

Does anyone think a mixture of sugar solution and glue might work? and make it stiffer?
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