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Steel boning can be cut to length using aviation Tin Snipssnips and the ends rounded on a stone or file before using in corsets. The 15mm steel cannot be cut using snips, the best method is a vice and hacksaw with metal blade (please wear eye protection).
To join the ends when making petticoats try Plastic end caps. OR...Why not try our wide transparent heat shrink? Pop a length of heat shrink over your hoop, overlap the ends and hold in place with masking tape. Bring heat shrink over join and heat gently until it encloses the steel.
NB We do not stock tipping fluid as it is illegal to send by post and is not very environmentally friendly.
If you choose the 7.5mm wide boning the 7mm spiral wire end caps are perfect for finishing the ends.
For curvier seams or a softer corset why not use continuous spiral wire?
Devon has told us about her preferred method of sealing the ends of cut boning....A Hot Glue Gun, the glue dries quite and effectively seals the steel. She adds
the hot glue is FAB, but two
things to keep in mind:
1) don't let the glue gloop up too thickly or it will prevent the bone
moving easily through the boning casing
2) make sure the glue goes around 1/2" up the bone from the tip, or it will
peel off when you try to push it through said casing.
Thank you Devon!
Rachel, one of our customers adds...put the silicone sealant in jam jar lids before application, this gives you just the right amount of sealant to dip your bones. She also adds that when filing the ends of the steel boning it is better to hold the boning and rub it onto the abrasive rather than than the 'filing your nails' technique!
Yet more great advice, especially for finishing the 15mm boning, thanks to Bethan
"We used some wide l heat shrink tubing and applied it with a little extra as a tag hanging off the edge, this then was folded back on itself onto the bone and held in place with a thin band of the heat tubing slipped on top, and then heated as usual! No raw edges exposed, almost no bulk and no effort! Slightly more resistance when youre pushing it into the boning channel than the proper tipping fluid but considerably easier to do none the less. We had filed the edges to a round though, not so sure if it would work with a raw sawn edge."