"Closely approximates the flexibility and malleability of baleen, the keratinous "feeders" of whales that came to be called "whalebone". Terrific for boning 17th, 18th and early 19th century stays."
As I'm trying to keep this corset as authentic as possible I decided to give it ago. Ever since it arrived it the post I have been over the moon with it, it is so much nicer to work with than steel and it looks so much more authentic when its in the corset.
Once the boning had arrived I was able to mark the boning channels up following the original pattern (see the second picture above) and stitch them in place. Next was to measure the length of each channel, cut a piece of boning the the required length, file the ends, cover the ends with a small amount of masking tape and the insert them into the boning channels, untill I ended up with a fully boned corset...
Just a few more steps to go now and the corset will be complete!