First the busk ... this is an illustration of several variations of the front closing busk, invented in 1848. This made it possible for women to get in and out of a corset without completely unlacing it. The lacings could be just loosened and then the corset could be unhooked. Straight busks are easy to find but, again, to find something specific go to the suppliers I mentioned in yesterday's blog about fabric and bones, Farthingales and Richard the Thread.
The spoon busk, invented in 1879, allows for tighter lacing by controlling the abdomen. Read all about it at Wikipedia. I always just use the regular straight busk.
There are a few places selling wooden busks on line. Etsy has a couple vendors who will custom make busks. My friend Martha McCain suggested busks can be made from a wooden yardstick. But, I imagine anyone handy with wood could make one without too much trouble. Maybe you could get some artist man to carve one for you!
But, metal eyelets weren't invented until 1828, so if you are making a corset from before that time, you COULD always hand make your eyelets!
If the corset is going to be worn under the clothes, so the lacings won't be seen, very long shoe laces are a very good choice. These can be purchased the same place all other corset supplies are, also just look for "long shoe laces" on line. They come in a lot of colors. Since the best way to tie a corset is to have loops come out from grommets at the waist, two long laces can be used, tying them at the top and bottom so the loop can be like this photo.
Looks like corset week is going to become corset WEEKS!
More on Monday.