How to Make a Steampunk Corset Busk




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

Step 2: Marking and Drilling the Busk

The first thing you need to do is figure out the length of your busk and the dimensions of the latches.  I made the top of the first latch an inch from the top of the busk, but this step will just take alot of guess work and fine tuning. Once you get  everything marked, use your rotary tool to cut the rough shaped of the busks.  Center punch your marks and drill it.  To find out what size drill bit you need, i put the cap of the rivet in a gauge. I ended up going with a 5/32 inch drill bit

Step 3: Grinding and Tipping

Next, take a bench grinder, and grind off the burrs from drilling, and round off the tip of the busk.  Then take them, and dip the edges in tipping fluid.  Let them dry for a couple hours.  Here I'm also tipping some flat steels .

Step 4: Set Them!

Cut holes all the way through both sides of the busk for the rivets, and then slide in the busks.  Place the latches and set the rivets. I recommend using a metal anvil to set them on. And then, admire your craftiness!



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    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?

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    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.