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Not sure where to post this question, but I thought maybe some of you threadies have cause to use fabric stiffener and could answer my question.

 

In continuing to recycle a discarded lace top (used part of it for painting chargers), I got some Stiffy at Michael's and saturated some of the lace motifs in it to make earrings. Well, the lovely vintage aged color of the lace turned to a milky white. Does anybody know of an alternative method for stiffening without affecting color? P.S. I do need some summer white earrings, but these weren't intended to be those! My only -- faint -- hope is that when dry, the color will return, but I'm not confident this will happen.

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I'm going to take a guess, and say it will dry clear, only going from the past experience we had making Halloween masks with it. We saturated fabric in the Stiffy and stuck it those cheapy mask forms, it dried nice and clear

 

Give it a shot with your blow dryer to speed things up, it should only take a few minutes.

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Thank you! Good to know. I guess I'll just have to be patient and wait.The label says it takes 24 hours, so I guess I'll wait, since the motifs are so small, they're liable to blow away. They do look ecru in the photo, but not in person.

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I use Elmer's Glue thinned with water, and it never has discolored on me.  Just thin it down to a consistency that you can apply with an artist's brush.

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I recently discovered using Epsom Salts and water - a 1:1 mix produces a very stiff fabric with no discoloration.

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Thanks for the idea. Which kind of Elmer's Glue do you use? There's such  a variety of glues these days.

I use Elmer's Glue thinned with water, and it never has discolored on me.  Just thin it down to a consistency that you can apply with an artist's brush.

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They're dry today -- to an ecru color not quite white, but not the dark ecru of the original lace that I was striving for.

I'm curious to find out if they dried clear.

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Well, that's certainly something I never would have thought of. Do you brush it on or soak the items in it?

I recently discovered using Epsom Salts and water - a 1:1 mix produces a very stiff fabric with no discoloration.

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That makes sense. It's probably the same as the stuff they sell as Stiffy and maybe charge more for!

For snowflake ornaments and bookmarks I've used liquid starch.

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I'm curious to find out if they dried clear.

Ignore my previous answer. On viewing them together in the same light, they do look the same. And they magically turned into stiff little wafers. Cool.

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Thanks for the idea. Which kind of Elmer's Glue do you use? There's such  a variety of glues these days.

Plain ole school glue!

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I keep a container of good old fashioned Elmers 1/2 and 1/2 with water under the kitchen sink.  The stuff lasts forever and it's always handy for dipping little things in it.  I either lay them out on saran wrap or waxed paper.

 

That's so cool that it dried clear.

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Wow! time flies! I first responded to this thread over a year ago.

 

I soak the items to be stiffened in the 1:1 solution of Epsom Salt and water. Lay them out (or pin to block depending on the shape needed).

 

This works very well for me. It produces a VERY stiff fabric.

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