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Tutorial: Tipping Corset Bones by taeliac Tutorial: Tipping Corset Bones by taeliac
While I was working on one of my corset for class (which you all get a sneak-peek of with the tutorial!) I decided to snap pictures of how to put the tips on bones, because I find it much more economical and so much easier than I thought it would ever be to do!~

:star: Where to buy the boning :star:

:pointr: Flat white boning by the yard
Dragontown Corset Supplies

:pointr: Spiral steel boning by the yard
Dragontown Corset Supplies
Corset Making (look for continuous spiral steel boning)

*all these places sell the tips, as well*

These are just where I prefer to buy the boning - there are other suppliers out there, and if you are outside of the US, you'll have to dig around yourself, sorry!

2008 `taeliac ~ Samantha Lemieux ~ Taeliac Studio Cosplay
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PrincessAi3 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can't wait to try this!!!
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Lil-Minx852 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Photographer
OMG you're a life saver! i needed this!!!
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babyfangs Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very handy thank you
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the-Loony Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
oh no... i finally have to do my first corset D=
*issoafraid*
but i think i might be ready for it.. finally. maybe. *haw*

=D
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OmniscientRhino Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :3
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OmniscientRhino Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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Tsunderetenshi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
am too lazy to look through comments atm ^^; I usually do.
but Where would you use the spiral boning for?
and I want to make a Bunny Suit and that would look like a corset pretty much.
What sort of boning will I need? plastic or steel ?
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Hansku Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So, I'm gonna cosplay Lulu from Final Fantasy X, and I need to do a corset. I'm just wondering, should I use spiral boning or the steel boning? and are the tips same for both? and how wide do you recommend to boning to be?

Thankies ^^
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Hiro-Akemi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And by thickness I mean wide. < <'
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Hansku Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^^ It helped a bunch.
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Hiro-Akemi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome
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Hiro-Akemi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depends on how strong you want the boning to be and how comfortable you want to be.

Do you want stiff or not? Flexible or not?

I mean, if it's going to be your first time wearing a corset or even making one I kind of recommend that you, if making, use plastic boning first for tests. They are durable, get the point across and inexpensive. If you're used to corsets then and for wear I'd go with a heavier steel boning to spiral. Spiral will give you a little more flexibility while the plain white steel boning won't. Personally I find corsets comfortable regardless of the boning but its all about how use to the product you are.

Thickness is also on what your preference would be, many corsets though, use the thin boning rather than the thicker. Lulu's looks to be the bigger width. 1/2 inch but like I said, its all about personal preference.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I included this deviation in a news article in honor of Costumery Week in the Artisan Crafts gallery. --> [link]
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Mitsuki114 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
I was wondering, what's the difference between flat white boning and spiral steel boning? :3
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
The main difference is the way it bends - the spiral allows it to bend comfortably from side to side, but still give support, while the flat white only bends front to back, if that makes sense :D

You should really only be using the flat white in places that are straight up and down, and the spiral everywhere else. I made myself a corset with all flat-white boning a long time ago, thinking it would offer more support, and it just makes me tube-shaped (like an icecream cone - which is fine for Elizabethan style stuffs, but not so much so for turn of the century :giggle:), instead of giving more of a figure like I had wanted, because it doesn't bend in curves :D
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jakito-kun Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Hey, could i ask you something? I had a spanish talk page about cosplay, and im looking for good tutorials to translate. Can I translate yours, and use the photos? I will give you the credit, anyway...
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MorbidPrincess122 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
God! The trouble I have with tipping mine >.< The damn things never want to stay on -.-' lol

But I only have one pair.. I use what little finger grip I can on the sides when I try and flatten the top, and vice versa.. but I think you are right.. I think it is time to invest in another pair of pliers...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh! Yes! Definitely worth getting another pair - if you just do one side, and then the top, and then the sides, etc, etc, it'll never crimp on!

Although, one thing I did do once, when I had to tip a piece at a convention where I only had a little pair with me was use some super glue inside of it first, and then crimp it on the best I could - the cap wasn't as tight as using two pliers, but it still hasn't come off ;P
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MorbidPrincess122 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Well I sit there and test the grip on the tips...which is quite frustrating when it does actually come off >.< But better when I can put it back on, then in the corset :XD:
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wwhimsical Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Ahh, this is great! I've been wondering for so long how to actually protect the edge of the boning. Last year I had a horrible material massacre with unprotected boning edges. Disaster!
So thank you very very much! This will be so helpful. :D :heart:
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FrockTarts Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This tutorials has been listed here [link] If you want it removed, please contact us and we will remove it.
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Metal-n-Shiny Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just what I needed! Rock on!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray!! :glomp: I"m always happy to help!
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Metal-n-Shiny Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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three-moons Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
thanks for sharing your knowledge.:hug:

has been of great help to my. :dance:
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Macabreskiss Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks alot for sharing! This will help me alot!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm happy to be of help!
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xNatje Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student General Artist
What's the difference between normal boning and spiral?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Umm... well, there really isn't a "normal" boning - the stuff you find in the store is plastic, and kinks right away when you're using it, and doesn't offer any body-shaping support. Spiral is steel, and has flexibility to curve around lines. Flat white steel boning is meant for uses where something doesn't bend, and stays straight (like CB panels) :D
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xNatje Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Ooh okay. so in real corset, spiral boning is used.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Spiral steel and flat steel are both used :D
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xNatje Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Student General Artist
haha okay, difficult :P
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medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
im going to make my first ever corset. do u have any helpful tips that might help?
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hrm... well, your best bet, if you want a true corset, and not just a bodice with some boning, is to pick up the Laughing Moon pattern for it, and follow it as closely as possible! [link]

They have all of the info on what you'll need to order to make one, and how to do things like put in a busk and whatnot :D

And, I'm sorry to say, cutting corners won't give you a very good corset - it'll make a passable bodice, but for a body-shaping corset, you really need all the bits (like coutil, steel boning, 2-part grommets, etc) ;P

Oh! And the biggest tip - be sure you're following your seam allowance on the pattern exactly! If you're off by even 1/8", you're going to have a corset that is 1"+ off on size XP
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medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
u should make a "how to make a corset' video.

how long does it take to build a corset if ur a begginer.
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SelfSovereign Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009   General Artist
I've never made a corset before but I did plenty of research on it, and I can tell you right now "How to make a Corset" isn't the most appealing tutorial anyone would want to make. It takes a lot of time due to precision and just cutting and assembling in general.

And if you're a beginner I have no doubt it would take even Longer due to inexperience and the inevitable mistakes.
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Libis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very interesting. I'm just starting to learn to make dresses and corsets, and didn't realize boning came in steel, too. *is originally a quilter as far as sewing goes* lol
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anarpmendes Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
HIHIHI! =D
I really want to start making my own corsets. And this will help allot, thank you.
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NienZien-ya Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
thank you so muuuch for sharing!!
I just found recently a place where I can buy the corset bone.. although I'm not sure if I can find steel/spiral bones there...

thankyou anyway :heart:...!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time! I'm happy it's helpful, and I hope you can find the right type of bones :hug: I have to buy mine online, no where seems to carry them here! <3
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NienZien-ya Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
you know, they call it 'camisol' here (me, live in Bandung-Indonesia...)..

yeah, I'll hunting for the bones after my comics-team projects done..

thanks :)
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me-and-elsie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the tips :) i'm making a corset in my fashion class out of leather or leather look a like and hopefully all goes well.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope so! I'm working on a leather one, and if you flat line it with the coutil, it seems like it shouldn't be a problem, with the leather stretching :D
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fuzzypi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
How much does boning typically cost?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It depends where you buy it, but untipped, you can usually get a roll of it for about $10/10-yard roll :D
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fuzzypi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
O.O *ish poor*
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, otherwise, you're looking at $1.50 a pair of bones or so. Corsetry definitely costs more than you'd expect, that's why they're so expensive to buy (the good one's, at least)
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xXTheFireCatXx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
thanks for a great tutorial.
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