I don’t paint my nails, I paint my bones

Really.  See:

Two lacing bones, and a selection of other bones

Yep.  I finish those nasty sharp cut edges on my spring steel corset bones with nail polish.  I find that it’s a lot easier to use then the ‘official’ boning dip (for one thing, it dries in a few minutes, not overnight!), and it is cheaper, and easier to source.  It also works better – rounding the edges without leaving big bumpy drips.

Besides, I love knowing that there is a little secret bit of pink sparkly hiding in my corsets 😀

To soften the sharp cut edges, I give them three or four coats of varnish.  Then, for a final bit of protection, I dip them in glue.  Works perfectly, even when you dryclean your corset.

You can see the clear glue coat over the pink.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the corset these bones were used in.



  1. Evey says

    Ha! What a great tip! (…pun…) I think I am almost brave enough to attempt my first corset, and I will definitely employ this method.

    Also, thank you for being such an inspiration! I discovered your blog in January while researching an Edwardian ballgown, and have been an almost daily visitor ever since. Keep up the great work =D

  2. What a grabby grabby title. Cool idea.

    I was at a tiny notions shop the other day and they had steel busks. Just there, right on the counter top. I was shocked, I never actually saw them in a shop.

  3. Elise says

    Inpiring-you’re my favorite diversion! Thanks for the tip. I mean, ideas for tips!

  4. I love the touch of sparkly pink! And I bet it comes cheaper – I use nail polish when I make paper beads. 😉
    What glue do you use? I guess a New Zealand glue won’t be of much help for a Czech girl, but it might give me an idea… 🙂 If I ever attempt this kind of corset.

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