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Ribbon Browbands, lets make an HGS how to

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by Nixxy373, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. ElegantEquines

    ElegantEquines Senior Member

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    You don't need sewing machine, you hand stitch anything that might need to be stitched. I use "Tarzan's Grip" glue (i think you can only get it in australia & NZ) i have never had a complaint about ribbon coming undone or rosettes falling off.

    DO NOT USE A GLUE GUN!
    i can stretch this point enough. They are messy & painful.
    If you have a hot day your work will just melt and fall apart.
     
  2. ElegantEquines

    ElegantEquines Senior Member

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    Diamonte Browbands:

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    These are easy peasy if you know how to make a simple ribbon browband.

    Materials needed:
    Plain ribbon browband
    4 meters of Ribbon (velvet is more popular in this design)
    1-3mm wrapping cord
    Rhinestone/ crystal banding (about 30cm long & width to match browband)
    Glue (i use Tarzan's grip)
    Buttons
    Rings (optional)
    material for flag & rosette bases (i use plastic)

    1. Glue your backing ribbon to the back of your browband. wrap the ribbon around the browband until it is covered (do not go over the loops). Alternatively some people use the sharkstooth design.Glue down the end when you finish and cut off excess.

    2. Glue your rhinestone/ crystal banding to the front to the browband. Make sure it covers the length you have ribboned.

    3. Glue the wrapping cord to the back of your browband and wrap between the rows of crystals.

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    You can use a few colours if you like.

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    Once you have finished the length of the browband glue the cord down (at the back) and cut excess. I like to had a small piece of ribbon glued at either end over the top of the cord to secure it a little better.

    4. make your rosettes and flags (not going into detailed instructions).
    If you have rings i find the easiest way to add them is to glue them on. if the have a bar remove them with pliers. One you have finished your flags and rosettes glue them on. The flags go on first, cover any of the browband that is exposed. Glue the rosettes on top of them.

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    Done

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    (blindingness of bling browband!)

    I hope that gives every one an idea of how to make them. They are very very simple to make, easier then most regular ribbon browbands.

    I have been thinking of making a guide for them with step by step pictures but some one beat me to it. You can buy the guide on ebay or at http://exclusivdesigns.com/
     
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  3. ElegantEquines

    ElegantEquines Senior Member

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    bumping up for any one that missed this.
     
  4. ElegantEquines

    ElegantEquines Senior Member

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    bumping again.
    this kind of died
     
  5. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    I'd love to hear how the rosettes are made EE - the rest I'm pretty good at imagining, but I'm totally lost when it comes to rosettes!
     
  6. ElegantEquines

    ElegantEquines Senior Member

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    First trace around something circle on a piece of felt with the pen. Cut 2 circles out.
    Fold over some ribbon to look like a 7, apply a drop of glue & fold again into a triangle. Make however many it takes to go around the circle.
    To make folds cut some ribbon around 4cm long, apply glue as shown & fold over.
    Now arrange points & folds as you like, make a few layers.
    Last of all sew on a button or glue on a gemstone in the center of the rosette.
    Simply glue one to each end of the browband so you cannot see the browband.


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    I hope that explains it!

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    this rosettes is all done with folded ribbon

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    points and folds.

    You can mix and match for different effects.
     
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  7. Cappyandme

    Cappyandme Full Member

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    Wow!! These are awesome!!


    I got all of this of a website called Lillybands.

    Making ribbon browbands is a really fun way to spend an afternoon.
    Your horse may have to put up with your first few embarassing attempts, but you can get the hang of it pretty quickly.
    These instructions are for the checker pattern on a 1" wide browband. You'll need thinner ribbon for a 3/4" band.




    A Browband: Either PVC or leather. Measure an existing band from outside loop to loop.
    Satin Ribbons: I use double-sided satin. It's smoother, doesn't wrinkle as easily and gives a better quality finish.
    Glue: Don't use basic craft glue or hot glue guns if you can avoid them. They're not strong enough and your browband will fall apart sooner rather than later. Test your glue first to make sure that it does not stain through the satin ribbon.




    You'll need four lengths of 7mm wide ribbon.
    Your first main colour should be 3metres long. I generally pick the dark colour to be the long one as it'll go around the back of the band and won't look as dirty as lighter colours.
    Pick three other colours for the three horizontal rows. I've used one colour twice for the top and bottom row. Cut them a bit longer than the length of your band.



    Glue the ends of your three short ribbons horizontally to the start of the band. Then glue your fourth ribbon down across all three of them.


    Lift the top and bottom row ribbons up and leave the middle row laying flat against the band. Wrap the long ribbon around the back or the browband, and lay it down as a new 'column'. It'll go under the two rows that have been lifted, and lay ontop of your middle row.
    Then lay the top and bottom rows flat against the browband and lift the middle row. Wrap the long colour ribbon back around the browband, creating your next 'column'.


    Again, lay your middle row back against the band and lift your top and bottom rows. Wrap the main long ribbon back around the browband and create a new 'column'.
    Try to keep the ribbons taught, and continue doing this until you get to the loop on the other end of the browband, then stick all the ends down.

    When you're done it should look something like this.
    I've added another ribbon to the middle row. There are heaps of different things you can do to glam it up a bit more, and there are loads of different colour combinations you could try.



    Unfortunately that's the easy part.
    Rosette designs, flag designs, what to use as a base and the sturdiest way to attach them all the to band have proven to be the most difficult part (for me).
    You can create the rosettes by glueing the ribbons onto cardboard, but they probably won't last very long. I'll go into rosettes at a later date.
     
  8. Cappyandme

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    Sorry, It didn't post the picture's! Here they are!

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  9. Chester

    Chester Senior Member

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    I make mine with smaller ribbon and end up with 5 or more rows across the browband.

    This is Dizzies, it has 6 rows of blue and gold.

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    Here is one I made for someone else in baby blue, lavender and white. 5 rows across

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    And yes, my fingers are sore and my eyesight is gone after making these.
     
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  10. ReddShiraz

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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm definitely leaving in a few minutes to guy buy massive amounts of ribbon :)
     

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