Ideas on how to stiffen up a bowl?

I've got a wild project in my head, but will need to find the best way to stiffen a knitted bowl. Starch first came to my mind, but afraid that it would be water soluable and wilt in high humidty. Then I've thought about blocking it in a solution of good old Elmer's glue and water. And also have thought about first starching it when I block it and then spray the heck out of it with clear lacquer. Any other ideas? Thanks!

MMario's picture

Elmer's is also water soluble.

What did Debbie New use on her Coracle - a clear Acrylic, wasn't it?

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Bill's picture

there is a spray made for cowboy hats...but I use extra stiff hairspray...the kindmade for spike hairstyles...

vsidart's picture

Découpage solution should work perfectly, i thinks. Maybe finish with Verathane.... see what the découpage jar recommends for finishing.

RickeScott's picture

Yes, that's a great idea! Thanks.

stch's picture

There is a product from "Plaid" called "Stiffy" a fabric stiffener that might work (

teejtc's picture

I would second the "stiffy" suggestion. I use it for all my tatting - you can water it down if you'd like, dip it and wring it out, or paint it on with a paint brush and, of course, It dries clear. It's also not that pricey and doesn't come in an aerosol.

Just my $.02

Grace and Peace,

RickeScott's picture

THANKS!! This sounds like a winner. I'll order some online and have my pal Eric bring it over when he comes in August.

RickeScott's picture

Thanks for the idea, but the project will require the final result to let light shine through it. I'll post pics as it begins to take shape.

teejtc's picture

You could always knit it up and get it bronzed... :-)

I just found a price list at:

For what it's worth, it kind of scares me that they have a listed price for bronzing an athletic supporter ($299.95)....

Grace and Peace,

RickeScott's picture

LOL. The thought had crossed my mind too, but now I know that it would be way out of my price range and the final result isn't exactly what I'm after.

StuartWS's picture

What about a liner of some kind? A plain glass or plastic bowl might work.