How to Make Fabric Stiff With Sugar

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Simple syrup, which consists of equal parts sugar and water, has several applications. It serves as a base for numerous confections in baking and pastry arts, acts as an integral component of the mojito cocktail and, when used as a treatment for fabric, stiffens the material and allows you to shape it. The technique of using sugar to stiffen fabric is commonly used for art and craft purposes, as the versatility of the method facilitates molding around solid shapes.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • Mix together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of white granulated sugar.

  • Pour the sugar and water mixture in a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a rapid boil.

  • Stir the sugar and water mixture, and remove it from the heat.

  • Cool the sugar and water, now referred to as a simple syrup, until just warm enough to handle.

  • Dip the fabric in the simple syrup, and shake off the excess.

  • Squeeze the fabric between your palms to remove more excess simple syrup. Squeezing the fabric between your palms helps prevent the wrinkling that occurs when wringing it.

  • Shape the fabric around your mold or according to your pattern’s instructions.

  • Allow the fabric a minimum of 30 minutes to dry before removing.

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