Originally Posted by Anaira
For the boning, the cheapest option is to buy zip ties. They give way better support than the cheap, flimsy plastic kind, and are a lot easier to work with than metal.
The only issue with using any type of plastic for boning is that eventually they will curve to your shape and therefore not be doing what bones are supposed to do. Spiral bones (the metal ones) are your best bet if you want it to stay nice and crisp. If you are only wearing it a few times then plastic bones will be fine