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Daz Buckley
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I just tried out a tip that I got from a David Stone book or DVD on washing and drying silks. Wash them under cold water and then wring them out and place them flat onto a mirror or window. They dry flat stuck to the glass and when you remove them they have no wrinkles. It works well and is a great tip if you are on the road.
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This does work, but please just squeeze them out rather than wring them. Twisting will cause wrinkles and maybe other damage for a wet silk.

I use baby shampoo when I can't use Woolite. A dot of fabric softener will usually kill static problems too.

Enjoy!

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This tip does work. It goes back to the Great Ovette from Canada in 1920's. That is the first record I inow of it in printed form.

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That's how I've always done it too. Works a charm. When I was working restaurants I'd wet down my TT silk and put it on the mirror earlier in the day. After a night of being scrunched into a TT you can imagine how wrinkled it would get. Then later after getting showered and ready to go I'd find it lying right there on the bathroom counter as if it were saying "don't forget me". An excellent way to remind me not to forget it.
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I have done it at least all of my silks. When I buy some silks they got some industry wrinkles, then its the only way I can imagine to get rid of these wrinkles.
I have always used a glass table. For record I think, for me that is, its not needed to unwrinkle TT silk because I use it as the silk as a flower coming out of the larger silk.

-Fred
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I have used this as well. But I just dampen the silk to remove wrinkles and if it is really soiled I use a little woolite and then put them on the glass or mirror.
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I haven't used this method since Friday night at the IBM Convention at Nashville. I did three stage shows (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) with the same set of silks "ironed" this way before each show.

It is a very old method and it works.

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Was it because the iron had grilled cheese on it?

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I've just bought a couple of silks, and after praticing/performing with these and a TT, they look bedragled...so will be doing this!

Great tip guys!
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On 2009-06-27 01:20, hugmagic wrote:
This tip does work. It goes back to the Great Ovette from Canada in 1920's. That is the first record I inow of it in printed form.

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By the way, did this last night, silks good as new....and not getting stuck in a TT!!!
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Clean silk is a delight to use.

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Just be cautious with some tie-dyes that bleed. Of course keep colors separate - and it is best not to wash in the same cycle as you underwear (LOL).

I once had an assistant wash a long wide streamer -- and fold it on itself "just for a few minutes" while wet. Had a hole new look after drying.. not professional or vivid at all.
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Two colors to really watch are red and gold.

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With the cold water, wringing out (not too much though) and sticking 'em on a mirror, so long as you put them under a tap seperatly, then this shouldn't be an issue.

BUT...if you have friends over who don't know about your guilty secret with magic...it does throw up some interesting questions...but that is an entirely different topic! (i.e. silks on mirrors!)
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