Not critical to use the stuff, but quite important if you're trying to buy more through corsets supply places.
Spring steel boning is flat & usually coated with a white, tough substance.
Spiral steel boning is the type that looks like a coiled spring pressed flat.
Ann in CT
From: Catharine M <dixiedarlin007@...
I have had great sucess with spring steel from another source....electricians' fish tape. It is a 1/4" or 1/8" steel flat tape on a roll that is perfect for strong corsetry. You can also get it in nylon, but its round, not flat, and reed-like.
This method is labor and time intensive, but I'm still wearing my first one....over 4 years and 180 wearings later. The pieces are measured, cut with tin snips, filed smooth and round on the ends ( I did try an electric grinder but quickly learned it would shoot sparks ten feet like the 4th of July, and I got worried I'd burn the house down so I went back to using the rasp:), dipped in 2 part epoxy on the ends to prevent poke-though, and covered in electric tape to prevent rust on the fabric. I machine wash mine on delicate. After Scarborough I plan to post a blog with a tutorial and pics. I can post a pic or two here as well if anyone is interested. Catharine
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