View Full Version : Stiffening textiles?

07-31-2000, 09:36 PM
Does anyone know of a good stiffening agent for textiles like burlap and canvas that will not leave a sheen on the material?

08-01-2000, 09:22 PM

08-02-2000, 10:16 PM
i'm not sure about the sheen issue, as it's been many years since i've seen this process done but my mother used to make a stiffening solution out of equal parts of sugar & water. Bring it to a boil & let it cool. Cheryl

08-03-2000, 02:30 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, ladies. I will give them a try. Commercial stiffen used in crafts is so expensive for the large pieces I do that I have been at my wits end to find an alternative.


Phyllis Rennie
08-03-2000, 08:52 PM
Be careful with the sugar starch. Critters like it.

08-03-2000, 09:48 PM
lol Phyllis, I was giving that some thought myself....hehehe

08-05-2000, 07:07 AM
hmm. i suppose the critters would like the sugar! I wonder if that could be remidied by spraying the finished, starched piece with a matte fixative? Cheryl

08-11-2000, 04:05 PM
How about just mixing some white glue (or PVA glue) with water? Or acrylic matte medium with water? Or try using matte polyurethane?

Maybe those things would be wrong for what you're trying to do. Just a thought!

-=- Jen "Almost back" Pixelscapes

08-27-2000, 04:52 PM
yeah ive used pva for stiffening fabric before and making homemade canvases...its very good...tho it does turn a bit shiny.!


the only other thing i can think of is dipping it in plaster or cement!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif but that's prob not what u r thinking of!!!....not THAT stiff! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


08-29-2000, 07:33 PM
Sandi, I suddenly have this image of artists throwing canvases on the wall...letting it dry...and "paintin' flowers on the wall"..

Do you think we could interest a museum and call it action art?