The spiral steel boning came by the yard, so I had to cut it into the lengths I needed. I thought I would be able to cut it with wire cutters, but that was a bust. I just ruined a pair of wire cutters. So I used my husband's Dremel with cutting wheels--it took three because they periodically broke. I didn't have a setting tool for the end caps, either, so there was a complicated system of me holding them in place with pliers while Jon pounded them with a hammer. They didn't end up pretty, but they did hold, and let's be honest--no one is ever supposed to see them. Spiral steel boning is ideal for ballet bodices because it has lots of strength, while still being extremely flexible in all directions, so the ballerina can bend any way she needs to.
|Close-up of the piping.|
|Side view. Notice how you can't see the boning|
|I have not completed the back closures yet.|
|This shows where I added to the top of this curve so I could cut away from the bottom of it because it was too shallow.|
Bonus: By day I am a dental assistant, and my office is currently being judged in a pumpkin decorating contest sponsored by a nearby orthodontist office. As one of the more creative employees of my office, I ended up doing the actual decorating with a lot of input from my coworkers and some help from my wonderful husband.
|A little extra detail on top. There's glitter, but that doesn't show up too well in the photos.|
|Do yourself a favor and enlarge this photo so you can see the beautiful wire work Jon did to make the undercarriage.|
|"C" for Cinderella|
|A friend loaned me a toy horse from her kids to complete the look.|
If you want to go vote for us, visit Zaytoun Orthodontics' Facebook page, find the picture they posted that shows all of the entries, and comment, "#11." Thanks!