The following is an instructable  on how to create a busk or flat steels for a corset.  What's special about this one, is that it creates a busk in order to help keep eveything lookin pretty.

Step 1: Materials

You need the following:

3 feet of 1/2 inch wide 1/8 inch thick aluminum
Swing box latches
Rapid Rivets
A rotary tool (for cutting the steels)
A drill/drill press
Center Punch
Bench Grinder
Tipping fluid(Plasti-dip)

I got my latches and rivets from http://www.etsy.com/shop/steamshopsupplies
Cool. My wife just added this to her honey-do-list.
Nice work. I would be interested to find out how the aluminum holds up under the pressure of wearing the corset ( ie does the busk flex an stay bent after wearing a few times?) I would also like to ask if a spoon busk is on your drawing board?
The busk is a little stiff, but it will flex a little bit but for the most part, it stays a certain shape, however; due to the malleability of aluminum, that shape can be altered depending upon your needs. Honestly, I haven't even ever thought about a spoon busk, first off, I get the aluminum bars I use at the local hardware store, and they're already cut to the thickness and width I need. Second, Spoon busks are unpopular with tightlacers today due to the fact that they don't allow for as tight of lacing.
ita interesting

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