How to use spiral steel boning for corsetry and costume
You will need:
- A pair of pliers flat or round nose
Spiral steel boning wire is made from a coil of steel - a spring - which is then flattened. It is easy to cut with a regular pair of household wire cutters.
Minimal effort! It's not as hard as it seems.
One end at a time, apply the cap.
You will need two pairs of pliers for this part and it can be fiddly, but with practice it is easy and quite strangely satisfying!
You may want to be extra secure by placing a little spot of super glue or similar on the inside, of the cap but I have never found this to be necessary.
|Alternatively, you can use plumbers tape to add a little seal to the end cap. Sometimes, if you have to pull a tipped bone out of a tight bone channel, the tip can get dislodged and stay in the channel - very difficult to remove. The plumbers tape will prevent this and make the bone a bit smoother so it glides into the channel with more ease.|
All about corset boning - Which boning to use, where and why
Metal boning for corsetry and dressmaking - a blog post all about boning, where it came from, and why to use it.
Spiral boning to buy - includes more information on which type of spiral wire boning you need for which project
Flat boning to buy - includes more information on which type of flat boning you need, and why.