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SHOPMADE CORSET BONESNote: This workbook was made in 1984-85 as part of my my MA Project atCalifornia State University Fresno. It was intended as a text workbook for theAdvanced Costume Construction class to use in the costume properties portion of the class.Certain portions of the text now border on the antique because of the date at which it waswritten, for example under "Materials" in 1985 a hot glue gun was an unusualcraft supply, only obtainable at hardware stores. I hope you will bear with thesesmall oddities and look to the basics of this work, intended as an introduction to severalbasic costume crafts processes. --TM

PROJECT 12

SHOPMADE CORSET BONES

Steel corset bones are not only used in corsets butin bustles, hoops, panniers, helmets, bodices, and armor. They are used wherever small flexible supports are needed.While commercially-made corset bones tend to besuperior to shop made ones, commercial bones are not available at short notice in many areas, and are not usuallyavailable in lengths longer than 18". Shop made corsetbones of steel strapping can be substitutedfor most occasions when commercial bones are not available.

2003 NOTE: WE AT UAF NOW USESUPER-HEAVY CABLE TIES IN PLACE OF CORSET BONES. THEY ARE EASILY AVAILABLEIN HARDWARE STORES, CAN BE CUT SAFELY WITH CRAFT SCISSORS, WON'T CUT THROUGHCORSETS, ARE LIGHT, CHEAP AND WASHABLE TOO.

SHOPMADE CORSET BONES

Purpose:To make corset bones in exactly the size needed for less than it costs to buy them.

Materials:

Steel strapping

tin snips

"Plasticoat"

Scene shop rotary grinder

Respirator

Safety goggles

Throw-away paintbrush

Procedure:

A. PUT ON GOGGLES. With the tin snips cut and trim the steel strapping to length, and round the corners. Round the corners more cleanly with the grinder. (Ask the Shop Foreman for instruction and permission to use the grinder for safety reasons.)

B. PUT ON THE RESPIRATOR. In a ventilated area, dip the ends of the bones in "Plasticoat" as shown. Then paint a thin coat of plasticoat down the length of the bone on both sides. Dry for 2 to 4 hours in ventilated area.

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