How do I stop this ribbon from fraying? This is a question I see all the time from crafters new at using ribbon in their creations. Heat Sealing Ribbon is the answer!
Having lovely sharp ends to the ribbon without a hint of fraying is very easy to accomplish.
Wood Burning Tool Heat Sealing Ribbon Method
My favourite method to stop ribbon fraying is using a wood burning tool (you can also use a soldering iron). All you require is a tip that heats up.
Cut the ribbon to the desired shape or angle and lightly run over the cut edge with the wood burning tool. The tool slightly melts the ribbon forming a seal that stops the ribbon fraying. Using a smooth glass cutting board you can cut ribbon to length and heat seal the ribbon at the same time using the tool. It is perfect when cutting ribbon when making korker bows. You could also make a picture frame ribbon cutting surface. Instructions to make your own are here.
Tea Light Candle Heat Sealing Ribbon Method
If you are using a tealight candle move the ribbon close to the flame without the flame touching the ribbon. As you see the ribbon begin to melt slightly move the ribbon along the flame to seal the cut part of the ribbon.
Hot Knife Heat Sealing Tool
These hot knives are similar in shape to the wood burning tool. Instead of a tip they have an element that heats up. Some of them also have a press foot. This foot runs under the ribbon to keep it off of the bench as you cut and seal the ribbon. I would still use a glass cutting board or similar under it.
Other than the Hairdressing brand of hot scissors I have only come across scissors that have a heating element welded onto the blades with a cord taped to the handle that is then plugged in. I am not sure how long the hairdressing ones would last cutting ribbon.
Ribbon Cutting Machine
These machines have a 2 metal rods coming out of the power box. They are joined by a piece of wire or thicker element that heats up allowing you to place ribbon (or webbing) over the element to cut and seal it at the same time. This is very useful if you need to cut and seal a lot of ribbon. You can buy them here