a craft question (NOT scrapbooking related)

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a craft question (NOT scrapbooking related)

i have a bunch of those silver alligator clips for little girls hair. does anybody know what works to get ribbon to stay on these? :confused: i have tried glue dots and a hot glue gun and it still isn't staying stuck. what gives?

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Shelly (momandteacher) does those. So does Madisonsmom. I don't know?

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I've never made any myself, but I know people use a hot glue gun to glue it on. I'm not sure why it isn't sticking for you Sad Are you using grosgrain ribbon?

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"~Mel~" wrote:

I've never made any myself, but I know people use a hot glue gun to glue it on. I'm not sure why it isn't sticking for you Sad Are you using grosgrain ribbon?

i think so, but i'm not 100% sure. Lol i guess i don't really know my ribbon types. it's similar to this ribbon though, and is also made by american crafts. http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/65481/ i'm just wondering, maybe if i sand the alligator clip so it has something to "stick" to, ya know? i really want to make some of these for my nieces...but they will only stay stuck for a little bit!

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Sanding sounds like a really good idea. I'm horrible, I'd just go to my basement and grab the gorilla glue and use that. I'm not a huge fan of most fabric glues and I have to be in the right mood for hot glue. LOL

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I have no idea, sorry! But I want to see them if you get it to work! Smile My dd has some clips like that, and the neatest thing they did was put some silicone (fabric I think?) on the inside of the barrette - it doesn't fall out of her hair!

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I've noticed w/ bows that are attached to clips like those, they are tied on w/ some thread. Sorry, no help here. How about crazy glue! LOL Also, if they are painted or finished the glue might not attach as well. What if you sanded the area first to get a better stick?!?!?!

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"Catwmn00079" wrote:

I've noticed w/ bows that are attached to clips like those, they are tied on w/ some thread. Sorry, no help here. How about crazy glue! LOL Also, if they are painted or finished the glue might not attach as well. What if you sanded the area first to get a better stick?!?!?!

You're right...they are! I remember that now....some of them are tied on with thread wrapped around the clip!

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lurker, but I make lots of these for my daughter, I have bought a few different kinds of craft glue, and other glues as well (gorilla glue and auto goop). Most have stayed on very well through lots of usage with the craft clue (Beacon Fabri-Tac, like in the pic here: http://www.girlythingsbows.com/grip_strip.html), but sometimes they start coming up on the bottom, so hence why I have tried so many glues. My best solution, use the craft glues, and when they start to come up around the edge you pinch, reglue them. Wink

The gorilla glue leaves a residue that shows through most ribbons.
The auto goop is too messy, and I think it iwas residue-y too.
the hot glue is a pain (sometimes literally) and I hear comes undone easily, esp in cold)

I'm trying to remember what else I have tried. lol

But use this website, I found it in some of my searches and LOVE it, step by step insturctions for lots of cute bows!

http://www.girlythingsbows.com/

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Oh! See.... Fabri-tac is a miracle glue! I love that stuff for scrapbooking! Smile

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Sorry, I just saw this thread (although we are in FL on vacation so I think I'll be forgiven, LOL)

If you are lining the clips I would use Fabri-Tac. That is my favorite stuff to use. I personally like it better than hot glue.

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Thanks so much you guys! I am going to pick up some Fabri-Tac and see how that works.

Rachel, thanks for posting that link! That's a fun site!!! I bookmarked it!

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I love Fabri-tac for cards with ribbon too, so you'll get multi-uses out of it. Wink Thanks to Michelle for posting that tip it's now my favorite product for ribbon.

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i just ordered some on ebay this morning. i can't wait to try it out!