It seems like I’m always the last to know the secrets of hair bow makers. There are styles and trends just like any fashion, and it’s hard to keep up. These days, flat bottle caps are in. I couldn’t think of an easy way to flatten my boring regular bottle caps, then fellow bow maker told me the trick.
How To Flatten Bottle Caps
A tortilla press. Boom.
I started with my small tortilla press. I have a little helper here to demonstrate just how easy it is.
Just like that! And by the way, flattening 50 bottle caps was a ton of fun for my nephew. Who knew it would free me up long enough to write this post?
Later, I got out my larger tortilla press with a handle. The extra leverage made it easier. I tried flattening several caps at once, but the pressure wasn’t enough. I reccomend one at a time.
If you don’t have a tortilla press at home, look for an old fashioned metal one. If you don’t have a little tienda or Hispanic market close by, you can order from my Amazon link. If you click it, it will take you straight to a page full of tortilla presses.
How to flatten bottle caps isn’t a big secret, I just didn’t know how. I hope somebody finds this post one day and does a forehead slap though- I sure wish I knew sooner! On another note…
Hair bow making is a very saturated market. As a result, a lot of techniques are jealously guarded secrets. Most of the time I’m just guessing how to make things look a certain way, so I was thrilled to death to learn this trick. I like sharing what I learn, but there’s a bit of debate about it. Many believe that giving away trade secrets increases competition and is bad for business.
A good ribbon wholesaler gives you a huge edge for competitive pricing, so I understand wanting to protect your sources. As far as skills…There are people who are going to buy hair bows, and people who are going to make them. There are certain things I don’t ever aspire to make. Dinner, for example. Frozen burritos will forever have a customer in me. Sometimes it seems like there’s a lot of fuss when there needn’t be. I’ll share tips with people who want to make bows, and make bows for people who want to buy them.
Is the competitive dynamic the same in sewing? I’ve never sold my sewing projects so I’ve not experienced it. Maybe it’s the same way with every craft & trade. Thoughts?