The Importance of Steel

In all my years of making and selling corsets there is one thing I hear over and over. One thing I fight against. One fact that I try to teach to every person who comes into my booth looking at my corsets. The importance of quality boning. If you never buy a corset from me, I hope you walk away with one bit of knowledge and that is the kind of boning in a corset really, really does matter. I carry samples of all 3 types of boning on my person at shows, so I can say, “feel the difference, bend it, twist it, which do you think will support you more?” So today via the nets, since you can’t bend the boning I’m talking about you get photos of ill fitting corsets!

The boning in a corset is like the frame of a house, or the under body of a car. If they are built with quality materials you have an item that lasts a long time, works properly and runs like it is supposed to. A corset made with good steel boning will shape you, lift you and make you look amazing. A corset with substandard materials will never fit right, it will bulge, and you will feel more like a sausage than a beautiful person.

There are 3 types of boning used in modern day corsets. Plastic, spring steel,  spiral steel.

Plastic boning in my opinion does not work for a majority of people. It does not shape the body at all. It bends, causing the corset to be the most uncomfortable tube of fabric that has ever been made. It will eventually either fold or form a very attractive s-shape that can cause pinching and bruising. They normally offer little to no bust support. Corsets that are made with plastic boning are normally a single layer of fabric, that alone is a problem when you want lasting support and shaping. A single layer of waxed satin and some plastic boning isn’t going to do the job for very long.

I’ll fully admit, my very first corset was one of these. It came from Victoria’s Secret, it was a tube that really did nothing for my shape. It cut my boobs in half rather than lifting them up for the world to behold. That corset fitting so badly is one of the reasons I started making better corsets. People who have only tried a plastic boned corset are normally the ones that come into my booth and say “corsets hurt” to which I answer, just try one on and you’ll feel the difference. Your body should be supported in a corset not left to fold out at odd angles. I”m not saying you can’t make a supportive corset with plastic boning, it’s just going to need to have 20-30 pieces of boning as apposed to 11-15 pieces of spring steel.

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All metal boning is not the same. Spiral steel, is essentially a coil of wire that has been flattened. In my opinion spiral steel is something that should be used in conjunction with spring steel. On it’s own it has little more support than plastic. It allows for a lot of movement and is great when used in dancers costumes as is allows them to move naturally. However corsets that are made with spiral steel will fit and bulge just like plastic boned corsets. Many corset companies use a combo of spiral and spring steel.

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The best boning for a body shaping or transforming corset is spring steel. Spring steel comes in many thicknesses and widths. Most spring steel used commercially is coated white, light weight and in most cases does the job to offer the right amount of support for the majority of the people buying corsets. But, like all things there is difference in the quality of steel, (I grew up in a steel manufacturing family, so maybe that is part of the reason why the right steel boning for the job is so important to me.) and not all corset companies use the same stock, but it is all referred to as spring steel. This can be confusing to customers that are trying to buy a quality corset, it is much harder when you are shopping on the internet and can’t feel the weight and even test the bend in the steel.

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I do not use the coated steel. I buy rolls of spring steel, I cut the steel to the size I need to fit my longer lined patterns correctly, I grind each end and then dip them in liquid plastic so the boning doesn’t come through the corset. I do this because the spring steel I get is 1/2’’ wide and measures .025 thick. The coated white spring steel pictured above (with the paint on) is ½” wide and measures to .015 thickness. That tiny difference in thickness shows up in how much the piece of spiral steel bends. You can see in the photos above how easily the spiral and white spring steel bend, I have to use the wall to bend my spring steel because my little hands can’t hold the bend and take a photo.

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How much of a difference does boning make in the shape? In the photos below, I have to assume that these corsets are single or at the most 2 layers of fabric and boned with light weight spring steel. The bad fit has in the back view has caused the corset to shift during the day. I’m sure she has been tugging on it all day wondering why it is so uncomfortable. The creases in the fabric at the side hint that it is not well boned and that it is doing very little shaping. The light boning is not doing it’s job in creating a true hour glass figure, it’s simply pinching in at the sides, and pushing everything up or down. In the side view photo we can see how little and how awkward some lightly boned corsets support the bust. Also note her posture, you shouldn’t be able to slouch that much in a good corset. The light weight boning has taken on a severe curve in front, causing further support issues.

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A corset is a body shaping garment. It should evenly shape and support your body. I love hearing people when they try on a properly steel boned corset for the first time. They are amazed that it’s more comfortable than there plastic or light weight steel corset. They are amazed they can still breathe. They look taller because it supports the back and pulls the shoulders back as well. They marvel at the hour glass figure they have, that there is no unflattering bumps and bulges. I want you to look amazing in your corset. I want you too feel beautiful and empowered. We want you to look like the photo below!

Mia corset

 

 

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Corset History: Were they really that small, restrictive, and unhealthy

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This week we take a break from historical facts and look at some good ol’ common sense facts about corsets.

I can not tell you how often I hear these questions when I’m out wearing or selling my corsets. Women ask if it is safe to wear a corset, if they will be able to breathe and eat, if they will be able to go to the bathroom, the list goes on and on. I reply, with the only thing that is uncomfortable do in a corset that is made well and fits you well is; chug beer and sneeze. Sneezing causes fast expansion and is slightly uncomfy in a corset, chugging beer or any fizzy drink for that matter just makes for a lot of carbonation in the belly that has no where to go.

I was reminded today by one of my other favorite sites HistoricalSewing.com that this is an issue we still need to address. That women and men still carry around the perception that wearing a corset is somehow dangerous and slightly like a straight jacket. That Victorians wanted tiny little waists and fainted all the time because of those tightly laced corsets.

I direct you to her blog as I could say it simply no better than she does, Dispelling the Myth of the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Waist

This is a topic I will be coming back to, I think that it is so very important to be educated on how a corset should fit and why it should fit that way. I spend a lot of time with women and men making sure they get the right fit. But for now we need to understand the past and how it changes our perceptions of corsets today.


Corsets – A History Lesson – 1800’s to 1920’s

In today’s blog we look at the corset during the 1800 and early 1900’s. This was a time of popularity and change for the garment known as the corset.

The silhouette below shows the changes in the shape of the corset from 1896 – 1917, the main time period this blog entry will look at.

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The 1800’s was a boom time for corsets. For the first time there are recorded adverts, cartoons and writings for male corsets. The Dandy appears on the scene, placing great importance on physical appearance, and leisure. The Dandy often worn a corset to help his figure and to create the smooth lines that were seen as most fashionable during that time. The probable truth is that many a man wore a corset or body belt to keep the smooth lines of men’s clothing in the late 1700 and early 1800’s.

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King George IV was known to wear a body belt. A replica is shown is his collection of clothing in the London Museum. The piece dates circa 1824 . The replica was made from the original tailors pattern. King George IV was also known to have worn a similar corset in 1821 where he nearly fainted due to severe constriction and heat. You can read more about the making the replica body belt here: Regency Reproductions 

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Corsets for men were typically made from a lightweight coutil (cotton). The corsets laced up the back and often had buckled straps at the side to prevent the abdomen bulging.

The shape of the women’s corset changed dramatically during this era. The Regency fashion of this time, with flowing gowns and empire waists, changed the body silhouette. At the beginning of the 1800’s until 1810 the fashionable style of corset tended to be short. During this time the demi-corset is thought to become widespread with the middle classes, it was lighter and shorter, allowing women to have shaping support while doing housework. Think of it as the Regency equivalent to a good bra!  The corset took on the role of supporting the breasts, and no longer slimming the waist. 1850’s ushered in another change in corset construction. Corsets were shaped with bust cups, made with materials still used today; jean and buckram and closed with elastic laces. Elastic thread was often used in the material to give the fabric more stretch.

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Transitioning to the Victorian era the waistline returned to its natural position during the 1830s. The corset once again was used to support and narrow. However, it had changed its shape to the hourglass silhouette that is even now considered typical both for corsets and for Victorian fashion. It is during this period we see the addition of garter clips to the bottoms of corsets. Corsets were now being made in beautiful colors and materials, silks, satins and brocades, not just plain cotton or linen.

Until now corsets tended to be handmade and often custom pieces. In 1839, a Frenchman by the name of Jean Werly patented women’s corsets made on the loom. This type of corset was popular until 1890, when machine-made corsets gained popularity.

In the 1900’s the corset shape differed from the earlier stays in two major ways; first, the corset no longer ended at the hips, but flared out and ended several inches below the waist, and secondly, the corset was exaggeratedly curvaceous rather than funnel-shaped. Spiral steel stays were used that curved with the figure. Between 1910-1919 rust-proof boning and rubber coated spring were introduced, changing corset construction for the modern era.

The 1900’s called for an elongated torso, upright shoulders, long sloping bust and graceful hips. We would recognise this look as “The Gibson Girl”. When the exaggerated shoulders of the late 1800’s went out of fashion, the waist itself had to be cinched tighter in order to achieve the same effect. The focus of the fashionable silhouette of the mid and late 19th century was an hourglass figure.

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It is during this time when tight lacing may have been used to achieve the hourglass figure the concern over the health of corsets became a rather large issue. Doctors proclaimed that wearing corsets caused a number of ailments; damage to the heart and lungs, tuberculosis, circulatory damage, indigestion, enlargement or displacement of liver, constipation, undeveloped uterus, prolapsed uterus, gallstones, and muscle atrophy. Sadly, many people still believe that many of the items on that list were actual side effects of corset wearing, and not a lack of medical understanding and product propaganda, but that is a discussion for another blog!

At the time new products popped up to fight the horrors of corset wearing, Health Corsets. In 1884, Dr. Jaeger came up with wool sanitary corsets, described as flexible and elastic. Dr. Jaeger claimed that the wool had curing capabilities and that it had cured him of his chronic health problems: excess of weight and indigestion. Another was created in 1887, a dermathistic corset with leather facing. It was marketed towards women who wanted better health and enjoyed a vigorous lifestyle. Brothers and Doctors, Lucien and Ira De Ver Warner who lectured about the evils of corset, sold the Coraline Health Corset. Made with flexible fibers from the Coraline plant. Their factory of weavers were making 6000 corsets a day, by 1894 they were millionaires.

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Some women decided to throw out their corsets and be part of the Rational Dress movement. Where women dressed in free-flowing clothing. A similar movement will find a resurgence in the 1920’s.

The Edwardian corset came along by 1902. It’s new straight front, made the shoulders upright, formed a long sloping bust and ended with a graceful curve over the hips. This silhouette popularised by the American artist, Dana Gibson, and portrayed by Miss Camille Clifford, gave rise to the Gibson Girl by 1905. However, by 1907 the corset shape had changed again, trying to disguise the hips instead of accentuate them. By 1918 the corset rested well under the bust and extended to mid-thigh. By this time the corset is beginning to transform into the girdle.

Between 1902-1905 several “Bust Improvers” came on the market. The Neena bust improver was made of cup-shaped perforated metal disks, which promised to give all women the bust of Venus de Milo. The other was referred to as a bust bodice and was worn over the corset and resembled the modern bra. In 1916  a new undergarment was advertised to take the place of the old-fashioned camisole, called the brassiere.

By 1920 the corset as it had been known in years past had mostly fallen out of fashion, it was replaced by looser clothing and the bra. Though many women still wore long line girdles and restrictive compression bras, they were rarely laced and supported by stays. The bras of the 1920s were very tight, compressing the breasts to produce the straight, shapeless form that was fashionable.

The corsets that were still on the market were made of elastic or even rubber. They were used to hide the hips, thighs and tummy. The belt was a common substitute for the corset, were made of elastic and often zipped closed. They allowed the wearer freedom of movement.

In the timeline below you can see how much the lines of fashion changed in the years we looked at in this blog entry. The lines of fashion dictated the quickly changing and sometimes harsh lines of the corset.

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From this point in fashion history the story of the corset, becomes the story of the girdle. In our next blog we will look at the comeback of the corset in the 20th century.


Corsets : A Short History Lesson – Ancient History

Over the next few blog entries we will look at the history of corsets, why and how women wore them, how this translates to the modern woman, and lastly how to pick the style and fit that is correct for you.

To begin to understand corsets historically, we should first step back and look at undergarments in general. Throughout history undergarments were used for three main reasons; first, a layer of protection against the elements. Secondly, to support and shape the cut of clothing. Thirdly, for cleanliness.

I will assume that the idea of layering clothing to keep warm isn’t a foreign concept to most readers, so I will focus on the remaining ideas. Even today women still rely on undergarments to shape our bodies for clothing. Throughout history the silhouette of a women has been many shapes, all achieved by a variety of stays. Making women’s undergarments a worldwide moneymaker, then and now, all in order to achieve a desired shape.

Cleanliness is perhaps harder for modern readers to understand. Historically, undergarments protected the skin from the outer clothing, and the reverse. People did not bath as often as we do, nor did they wash their clothing as often. It was common that no outer-clothing would come into contact with the skin, keeping the fabrics cleaner. This idea was widely practiced in degrees (and depended greatly on class), up to the 1900’s.

So how far back in history can we trace the concept of the corset or stays? Within the Medieval period art depicted slim waistlines that suggest corsets. Many historians believe that perhaps tight banding was used. The undergarments would have been made of natural materials which are often not preserved. Recently the discovery of 15th century undergarments in Austria has shed a little more light on the subject. The items have the familiar shape of modern undergarments. It’s is more probably that the tight fitting bodice of the gowns did the shaping and not additional undergarments.medieval lingerie

It isn’t until the end of the Middle Ages, that evidence of stays that begin to resemble the corset appear. Stiffened with whalebone, leather or wood. These may have been referred to as “bodies” made in two parts and likely in the shape of an underbust. Paintings from this time still show natural shaped silhouettes for women and their clothing. By the 1500’s the cone shaped torso and smaller waist is beginning to appear in fashion plates and paintings. By the 1600’s we begin to see the shape many of us are familiar with from Elizabeth I reign. At this time the corset had transformed into a heavily boned object. The front of the corset contained a long pointed busk, the lower edge would have been tabbed, it would have laced in the back. From records there are mentions of health concerns for young girls that began to “tight lace” to follow fashion. Later in the period the dresses themselves were boned, it is doubtful that women wore corsets and a boned dress together.

The 1700’s brought on an even more constricting shape. During this time the corset was made from stiff material, in which rows were closely stitched encasing whalebone, cane or hemp like materials. The design itself were long-waisting and cut with a narrow back, wide front, and shoulder straps; the most fashionable stays pulled the shoulders back until the shoulder blades almost touched. The resulting silhouette, with shoulders thrown back, very erect posture and a high, full bosom, is characteristic of this period.

Skirts were worn over small, domed hoops in the 1730s and early 1740s, which were displaced for formal court wear by side hoops or panniers which later widened to as much as three feet to either side at the French court of Marie Antoinette. The chemise or smock had full sleeves early in the period and tight, elbow-length sleeves in the 1740s as the sleeves of the gown narrowed. Drawers were not worn in this period. Woolen waistcoats were worn over the corset and under the gown for warmth, as were petticoats quilted with wool batting. Free-hanging pockets were tied around the waist and were accessed through pocket slits in the gown or petticoat. Loose gowns, sometimes with a wrapped or surplice front closure, were worn over the chemise, petticoat and corset for at-home wear.

In the next blog we will look at the use of the corset in the 1800 – 1900’s.

 

Sources:  The History of Underclothes by C. Willett Cunnington, PhiIlis Cunnington


Homemade Laundry Detergent

So in my quest to be more money/budget thoughtful I came across this tutorial on making your own laundry detergent. The price of detergent seems to keep going up, while the size goes down. I was willing to try another option. So I followed this tute over at the Being Creative blog.

I gathered my supplies; I found all the ingredients in the laundry asile of walmart.

(1) 4 lb box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz)
(1) 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) 
(1) box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz)
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap (you can also use Zote soap)
*Optional
3.5 lbs of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean
I also got a 5 gallon bucket for mixing and storing and a grater that would only be used for soap.
All the supplies, including the bucket and grater cost me just over $14.00
Mixing Directions
 1. Start by grating your bar soap. Doesn’t it look like cheese!
2. Put the powdered ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. I found that layering the ingredients over and over made for easier mixing than dumping it in one box at a time. It also makes your house smell nice clean while you are mixing.I made sure the lid was tight on the bucket and rolled it around on the floor a couple times. Mixed everything up great.
You will use 1 – 2 tablespoons per load. It might not seem like a lot but it works. I’ve run several loads since I made this and everything has come out fresh and clean.
Also this works with cold water. For HE washers add directly to the barrel.
From the research I did, this recipe will last 9-12 months. Depends on how many loads you do per week – the blog I got it from did 8 loads of laundry a week and it lasted her 9 months. What a money saver! My skin is also fairly sensitive and I’ve not had any problems with this detergent.
*as always use at your own risk*

Fabric Labels – You Can Make Them Yourself!

I have been pricing fabric labels for a while now. I wanted to be savvy and start putting them in my custom made pieces. So I started trying to design what they should look like, what color – do they need to be printed or embroidered or what kind of fold should they have. It was kind of getting crazy, I had no idea that there were so many options for clothing labels! All those options made the procrastinator in me keep putting the project on the back burner.

Until I ran into two fantastic things, 1)Spoonflower – if you are not familiar with Spoonflower it’s an amazing website that sells fabric – independently  created fabric in just about any theme you can think of. 2) This great tutorial over at things for boys. She has super easy steps.

I gave it a go – only to be reminded how little photoshop skills I have. You know, enough knowledge to be dangerous to myself while deleting all my projects with a wrong click! But I made it and went with something simple….

 

In a yard of fabric I got about 250 labels, making them about $.08 a piece. Sure I have to cut them out, but I printed them on the bias so they shouldn’t fray – I can just sew or glue them in to all my pieces from now on.


Voodoo Carnival

Last weekend I went to the Voodoo Carnival, a one night extravaganza put on by the local event group Pandora Promotions. They always throw a decadent night filled with music, side show acts, dapper costumed men and scantily clad women.

The event was held at the beautiful Redmoor, in Hyde Park Ohio. The art deco building has an interesting past, opening in 1938 as a state-of-the-art theater. In fact the building’s current owner was one the first ticket holders at 10 years of age. After the theater closed it had new life as a restaurant and now as an event location.

Today, the Redmoor is a little deceiving from the outside. If you are from Cincinnati you see plenty of these art-deco tile buildings – however once inside you are treated to the lush decor of a time gone by. The doors opened into a nice sized bar area, the night of the event the bar staff were really wonderful, even putting on masquerade masks, they also made a good whiskey sour. There was plenty of seating along a central walkway that emptied out on to the dance floor in front of the stage.

There was good entertainment, Marmalade Brigade, a wonderful New Orleans styled jazz band. Robin Marks Magic they do great magic, large and small. I mean when’s the last time you saw a chicken in a magic act! The Pickled Brothers Side Show act always pleases and leaves the crowd feeling good and squeamish.

But on to more important things – like the costumes and clothing!

I designed three outfits for the evening, they were inspired by Day of the Dead costuming. I was lucky enough to have two good looking friends willing to dress up and hit the town with me.

The first look was part Day of the Dead, part Gypsy. The show piece of the outfit was an embellished tuxedo jacket. The back of the jacket was hand painted with a calavera and roses. It was further accented with faux rhinestones and vintage buttons.

The front of the jacket was also embellished with vintage buttons, jewels and brass and silver accents.

Paired with a top hat, belts and vest the look was complete. I was very happy with the end result.

The second look was a dark blue taffeta corset and skirt. The design was more Lolita in style, with the right accessories it went from

Lolita to Modren Messo-American inspired.

The overbust corset was paired with a layered and ruffled skirt. We added two layers of petticoats under the skirt to give plenty of flare. My model added all her own accessories, including brightly colored feathered earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. They made the inspiration complete. This lovely lady also entered a contest with this outfit – you should go vote for her by following this link.

The third outfit was my own. It was what started the whole idea, my love for not only the holiday Day of the Dead, but also the style it inspires.

I have wanted to do a Day of the Dead corset for a while now, I knew I wanted the rib cage to be an applique or embroidered onto the corset front. I ended up making a lace rib cage applique. Because like all things, I put my own oufits last and ended up throwing the rest of the outfit together from pieces of other costumes. I’m lucky I have a huge costume closet!

I layered two bustled skirts, and pinned red, orange and yellow flowers in my hair and on my skirts. I had intended on doing full skull day of the dead make-up, but after a few trial runs I went with the concept of a jewel mask – if only the glue I had used was a little better quality I wouldn’t have lost jewels throughout the night.

All in all it was a great night. I got to dress up, have a few drinks and catch up with people I don’t see all that often. If you get a chance to check out an event put on by the lovely people at Pandora Promotions – the next one being on St. Patricks day you really should. At the very least it’s a great excuse to put on your finest and hit the town!

*some photos in the gallery are by Joe Herbert*


TempleCon – The Frist Convention of the Season

My intrepid convention helper and myself have braved the drive to and from Rhode Island last weekend for TempleCon. For those that might not know, TempleCon is a rapidly growing gaming/alternative history convention. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the 3 years I have been with them, some for the better – some not so much. I do have a special place in my heart for this con, it was the first con where I was a vendor, sent designs down a runway and made some good friends. It’s a great way for me to kick off my convention season.

I was a little disappointed in the traffic. It seemed that people just didn’t realize there were two vending areas (floor vending and room vending) we room vendors experienced lighter than expected numbers. I also didn’t participate in the fashion show this year, it made the convention much less stressful!

I did get to see some wonderful customers and friends from the last few years – it is always a delight to see them and share a few moments catching up. My regulars make my conventions, so thank you, each and every one of you.

I also shared the vending hall with some of my lovely vendor friends. Big Bear Trading Co, who carries just about anything a time traveler or re-enactor would ever need. Emrys Handcrafted Fynery, who handcrafts the most gorgeous jewelry! R.H Mardigan, makes amazing leather goods. I have one of his special made tailors assistant bracers and a custom piece for my vintage tape measure. Ursula And Olive who makes geeky goodness full of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. I am always happy to share vending space with them and you should check them out too.

 

 

 

 

All in all it was a good weekend, there was plentiful cups of mead, and a few parties – thankfully I have had this week to rest up before I begin sewing for the next convention.


Bones and Owl Vomit

When I was in middle school we dissected a lot of things, frogs, eyes, but my all time favorite was the owl pellet. It’s this little pellet filled with bones and skulls and to the 10 year old Angie is was so cool!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with these little gems, they are little pellets made from fur, feathers, and bones. You see owls eat their prey whole, of course they can’t digest all that so as soon as they eat the juices in their stomachs start to dissolve the good stuff and well they vomit up the unneeded stuff. They can hold the bones of mice, rats, shrews, frogs, voles and even small bats and rabbits. You might also find insect exoskeletons.

Turns out adult Angie thinks it’s still pretty cool. I’m not the only one who thinks these little things are so cool either, at least I don’t think so. So new to my product line and debuting at TempleCon – Owl Pellet kits! After TempleCon they will be featured in my Facebook Shop Everything you need to take apart these little pellets of awesomeness. I know all you creative peoples out there will find some amazing stuff  to do with the little bones you uncover.

I couldn’t resist taking apart a pellet and seeing how much goodness these guys can hold, and I admit I also wanted to see if was still as much fun as I remember it being. The pellet was about 1.5 to 2 inches in size. This is a standard/Medium pellet. The outside was covered with a bit of red dirt and grass. Which is a good indicator that these are wild pellets and not ones gathered in hatcheries. There are a lot of information that you can learn from such a small item.

So I picked one, and gently pulled it apart, using my hands, tweezers and a wooden pick. Little bones could be spied as soon as it feel into two pieces and a skull! I keep pulling apart the pellet gently and slowly and carefully. There were so many little bones, ribs and tail bones. I was kinda giddy.

  I set the skull in warm water to soak. While it was good for getting out the impacted hair from all the little nooks and crannies of the skull it was not so good to smell. I used the water sparingly after that and did all the fur removal with my tools. I’m pretty sure, do to the pelvis I found later that it was I had found a shrew skull. I started to tackle the other half of the pellet when I am surprised by another shrew skull! I was pretty happy with the fact that such a small pellet had yielded two mostly complete skeletons. I carefully gathered all the bones, into a container.

You can bleach the bones, with diluted bleach or peroxide, or you can leave them naturally colored. Then the sky is the limit. I’ve seen people make jewelry, or pendants with the larger bones and skulls. I’m not sure what I will do with mine yet. But I do know one thing for sure, I think that you will find as much excitement and education in these as I do. I am excited to share these with you and see what you will do with them!




Corsets can be Comfortable

So some of you may have seen this article today, “Everything you Know About Corsets is False” by Lisa Hix. It is a good article and touches on many of the things I find myself answering while at conventions. You should read it.

I appreciate many of the things she brings up in her article. I find that so many women and men don’t really understand corsets. They look at them like a costume piece, not as an actual garment that has a purpose. Add to that, the ill fitting badly made “corsets” that are sold at lingerie stores, most people have never had a good corset experience. Many people approach corsets as instruments of pain, or at the very least something they want to spend as little money on as possible because they aren’t going to wear them for very long. I hear those reasons and so many more for why corsets are frightening. I answer all their questions, and I always feel like I’m giving a testimonial about my life in a corset. I’m happy to do it, because I believe in it.

I convince them to try on one of the corsets I make. I watch their faces change. Their shoulders are back, spine straight. As they look at their figure in the mirror, as the realize that a corset made for your body, made well, and made with the right materials is comfortable! That they look fantastic, everything is proud and curvy! I actually love that moment. When someone has an amazing experience with something they were kind of afraid of.

So if you have yet to try on one of my corsets, stop by my shop at a show. We’ll chat, we’ll lace you up. You’ll look fantastic.