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Topic: Where can I buy inexpensive boning and busk for making my corset?  (Read 4829 times)
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« on: August 15, 2007 12:23:39 PM »

I need them to deliver at a low cost too....Is the laughing moon pattern #113 view B a good beginners project?Thx for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2007 01:18:46 PM »

You can make your own boning, use cable ties (not sure if thats what you call them in the US) they are also called wire ties here, just cut off the square bit at the end, these make wonderful boning, if you need heavy duty steel boning, the metal strapping that holds piles of lumber together is about a3/4 inch wide and thin, it can be easily cut with a hacksaw, or perhaps even a tin snips round the end and it is perfect, need to sew it in with lots of protective reinforcement around the ends so it doesnt cut through your fabric over time.

The nylon cable ties can be sewn over (slowly and carefully) on your sewing machine
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2007 01:25:59 PM »

Cable tie boning isn't very durable... the plastic it's made of tends to bend from your body heat and will pinch you after being worn a few times.

You can buy synthetic whalebone, which is a type of plastic specifically designed for corsets.


I've found that nearly everywhere I look steel boning/busks are near the same prices.   Some popular websites are corsetmaking.com and venacavadesign.co.uk
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2007 02:33:48 PM »

can i find this stuff in an average sewing store or do i have 2 order online?
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2007 06:42:34 AM »

Sewing stores will probably have plastic boning, but if you want steel boning and a busk you'll have to order it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2007 10:25:49 PM »

Are you in a major city? There is probably a specialty store that has some. For example Denver Fabrics stocks both plastic-coated steel and spring steel boning and busks. I also know for a fact there are a few brick 'n' mortar stores in Vegas that sell corset supplies. I assume other large cities are as well equipped.

Failing that, look online at www.denverfabrics.com. That is where I got my supplies. They were out of stock on busks when I ordered, but their steel boning is only $.20-.30 per piece prefinished.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2008 12:06:53 PM »

I was looking for the same thing but my dad was the one who came up with a great idea. Grab some wire hangers and cut them to Lengh and shape them, then wrap them completely in duct tape or very strong fabric.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2008 06:47:29 AM »

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Where can I buy inexpensive boning

any street corner downtown.

*ahem* or so i'm told. Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2008 02:56:19 PM »

If you end up using any type of metal boning you can use polymer clay to cover the ends to prevent them from poking through your corset. I tried this with spiral steel boning and it worked out really well, because polymer clay sticks to metal. It's cheaper than buying the tips for boning that also don't always go on too well.  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2008 03:39:26 PM »

I get my boning from www.corsetmaking.com
I wouldn't use anything but steel (or spiral steel) boning. Plastic bends and breaks too easily/quickly. 
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