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stiffened tulle


So I'm doing some set dressing and I bought a bunch of tulle to drape around. I want it to sort of stand up, billowing around like a fog or cotton candy-like nest. What is the best way to get it to stiffen up and yet be pliable?

I was thinking of making a homemade starch out of corn flour and then spraying it when it's time to dress the set. I have a few hours so it can dry but do I need heat? Like, a hair dryer? Or would this absolutely not work at all and there's a better way to do it?


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Jun. 10th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, a good example of the effect would be like this:
Jun. 10th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Depending on the tulle, hairspray may work...
Super Hold stuff.
But it depends.
My grandma used it on a crinoline once and it worked well.
Jun. 10th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Even if you get heavy-duty clothing starch from the store, it will still be a bit pliable. If you get an aerosol can or two and follow the directions, it should be dry in an hour. You can also get liquid concentrated starch and practice adding a bit of water, no water, etc and see what works best for your project. Remember you can put it in a spray bottle even though it doesn't come in one.

As for corn starch, unless you've used it and it worked before, I wouldn't do it. I tried it and it left my fabric kind of white, filmy, and flaky like dandruff. And it didn't stiffen up all that well either. If you have to use homemade starch, you might try boiling potatoes and using the leftover water, but in this case commercial is really likely the way to go.
Jun. 10th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
you could also use mod podge. you'd probably need large amounts of it, though...but my mom makes like, pencil holders out of fabric that way. she draps the fabric over a cup, paints mod podge on, and lets it dry - and it holds the shape really well.
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe use nylon netting, which is stiffer. It does have a smaller mesh, though, so perhaps it wouldn't look as "solid", but you could always use a bit more to get the opacity....
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Hair spray works wonders, esp the scary stuff in a purple can that my grandmother uses (Aquanet?). Also, another suggestion is simple spray starch that you can get to use with ironing.
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
**the starch works best on white or light fabrics**
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