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Posted on: 4/27/13 0:19 AM
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I now highly recommend this alternative to traditional metal boning or plastic boning: 3/8" heavy duty ties and liquid electric tape for smoothing the tips. Yes, seriously. These plastic ties are surprisingly similar in feel to whale boning of days gone yore. Seriously weird but true. They work beautifully and have the perfect stiffness and flexibility. I bought mine at Home Depot in the 24" lengths but they come in 36" lengths also. A package of 10 are $5. (They can be ordered in colors; I just bought the off-the-rack white since they would be encased in a cotille foundation and not show.) One really nice thing about using this for boning is that no extra tools are required -no fancy cutters, rounders, or tips. You can cut it with kitchen shears or heavy craft scissors quite easily, round it with the scissors, file it with any jewelry file or fine grit sandpaper, and then dip it in liquid electric tape (also from Home Depot) or even acrylic paint if you want to finish off the edges so they don't rub through your ribbon channels. I do recommend dipping the already rounded ends that come on the ties. I used their rounded ends for one end then cut the other end for the proper lengths I needed. Their ends are more rounded than I attempted to get mine which is fine, but they are slightly rough enough that I strongly recommend still dipping them if you use them. The liquid tape dries very quickly by the way. This is highly unconventional and probably turned off a few of you, but it's amazing. Please do consider it. And just because it's plastic, keep in mind it's nothing at all like the plastic boning you can buy at JoAnn. Not even close.

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flyingpenguin said... (8/6/13 10:18 PM) Reply
Here is a link to the ones I use. I have also heard of melting the ends slightly with a lighter to make them less likely to poke through fabric.
HDWen said... (6/1/13 5:49 PM) Reply
Great idea! I also use the Home Depot electrical plastic, but very sturdy ties. After cutting trim with Toe Nail Clippers - no need to dip :-) Love using these in all seams Except the Front Princess - Still use boning on those, but it does save a ton of money on the other areas! Home Depot is a great seamstress idea - Debbie
JuliN said... (5/12/13 2:25 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing this tip here. I think some home corset makers use this as well: I think I read a tip like this on a corset making forum too .
RadarRadiance said... (5/6/13 7:11 PM) Reply
Very interesting, what an idea! Thanks....
Teeavilnor said... (5/3/13 8:12 AM) Reply
Is there a picture of the products you can attach?
Nancywin said... (5/2/13 1:16 AM) Reply
Thanks for the great tip. I'll have to check this out.
Sharon Rose said... (4/30/13 7:59 PM) Reply
Great idea! Kudos to you for being so creative
rtrittel said... (4/28/13 11:03 AM) Reply
Fantastic idea - way to think 'outside the box' as they say! Thanks for sharing
woole bully said... (4/28/13 9:00 AM) Reply
what a great tip! way to go home depot!
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