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thumbnail4 short video tutorials on cutting, finishing, and smoothing off the ends of different types of boning, both plastic and steel varieties.

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sara
Thank you for this. Good instruction , well presented. I appreciate hat the videos are short and deal with one specific area of interest. I am put off by a video that is too lengthy and just won't watch it.
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sara
that; not hat. Sorry.
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artoftheneedle
Great videos..thank you so much..:D.
I have two small tips; when you file the artificial whalebone it is faster and easier to move the bone over the nail file and not the file over the bone..Also you have more control over the bone.
As for the flat steel bone, I would snip the corners before using the dremel (or what ever file you have on hand), this way you will not have to file away a whole corner to make it round.

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ruthwatkin
Great tips! I never thought to snip the corner.
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lori_b
Great videos. I'm the sort of person that second guesses. I worry about things like did I file the steel smooth enough? For spiral steel I file the cut ends of the wires and then cover them with plastic heat shrink tubing. That gives the ends a nice, smooth finish that won't snag the inside of the casing but doesn't have the bulk of the metal caps. Most hardware stores have it. I use a candle to shrink the tubing. Do not hold the tubing over the flame or you will burn it. It just needs to get warm. I just pass the end of the bone near the side of flame and it shrinks right down. I haven't tried it with flat steel but I don't see why it wouldn't work with that as well. Since I started finishing the ends this way I worry much less about the boning ripping through the casings.
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