Stiffening fabric can be done with several types of solutions. Sugar water, commercial starch and white glue mixtures provide excellent stiffening properties. All three of these solutions may be broke down with water once the item has been stiffened. Throwing them in the washing machine will remove all stiffness, and the process will then need to be completed again. Methyl-cellulose and GAC 400 provide the best non-removable stiffening for fabric. Methyl-cellulose is found in common wallpaper paste and is an inexpensive way of stiffening fabric.
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Things you need
- Small box of dry wallpaper paste
- Plastic bucket
- Wooden spoon
- Paint brush
- Waxed paper
Mix wallpaper paste according to the directions on the package. Stir until all lumps have disappeared.
Place fabric to be stiffened on waxed paper in desired shape. Paint the entire surface with wallpaper paste and let dry.
Alternatively, dip the fabric in the wallpaper paste and saturate. Squeeze off excess paste. Straighten the fabric and drape to create desired shape. Let dry.
Tips and warnings
- Use a covered container to mix the wallpaper paste. Cover after use. The wallpaper paste will keep for up to two weeks. Clean-up using water.
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