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White bones are also known as spring steel bones but often look like plastic
due to the white coating. This coating is nylon based and unlikely to chip
or wear off. Spring steel bones in pre-finished lengths have had their
ends dipped in the coating to create blunt tips. Spring steel bones come
in many lengths and various widths, some qualities can also be bought in
coils; allowing you to custom cut all your bones with limited waste.
you cut your bones to the length you require, you will have
to tip them. The best way to tip bones of any type of
steel is to apply “U” shaped
tips. “U” tips or “bone tips” are aluminum tips
that can be applied to cut ends of steel, using pliers or
a bone tipping tool. The application of bone tips is not
difficult, but can take time
to learn. Using aluminum bone tips means the tips of your
bones are very blunt and will cause limited damage. For instructions
on applying bone
tips see Tips & Tricks.
Any of these spring steel bones can be used in corsets
but it is important to remember that spring steel bones only
flex from front to back, they
do not flex sideways. Think of a steel ruler, even better pick one
up and flex it to see how spring steel bones work. These
bones cannot be used
in some curved casings due to this characteristic. For some curved
seams you need to use spiral bones.
Garments made with these bones may be hand washed but should never be
put in a washing machine.
Cut steel bones can be tipped with Bone Tips: Read more about bone tips and order HERE.