I re-discovered in my stash of goodies some hair that I put aside to make Yur a wig. A couple of bags of human hair that I had saved from my daughters last major hair cut when she went from long hair to a short style. What a find!
I searched through my "wigging" box and there was a hard cap already made! I decided to get another hard cap started & drying in case there is enough hair left for a second wig but if not the cap will be ready to go for a future project...
"Wigging" tools at the ready...
Yur is completely covered & protected from any dripping glue as well as from any of the tiny cut bits of hair getting into her shoulder or neck joints. Some plastic wrap & a simple bag slipped over the head works well for this purpose...
It's off to the races for another wigging adventure!
I finished posting up the decorative styling of Rococo Wig in the tutorial section. It has been quite a journey for the making of the Rococo Wig. Interesting & informative as well as labour intensive & time consuming to make the photo journal...yet most rewarding in the finished product.
Just to recap, the related tutorial sections are (clicking on the photos will take you to the associated tutorial section):
Making the wig wefts
Making the Rococo wig
The Rococo Wig is finished!!! I have gone through all the progress photos & alas, some of them did not turn out. I will endeavour to work on some supplementary sketches on the morrow...
Yur is pleased with the result & already looking through the fabrics, trying to decide what colour her gown should be...
... send for the Mantua Maker!
A great deal of experimentation the past couple of days on the rococo wig styling. I used pins to hold sections in place & took pictures along the way. Many pictures taken but they simply did not clearly reflect what needed to be done & required far too much explanation. In the end, I concluded that it was just a far too complex process for a photo journal. I have decided to do the styling in smaller sections by cutting the long wefts at the completion of a element. This will provide greater control over each element & also make it easier to photograph and explain. I hope to have it all completed tomorrow & endeavour to get the instructions/photos as soon as possible.
The spiral curls for the Rococo wig are completed & turned out perfectly. I have created a new section in tutorials "Exclusively for BJD" & posted the previous how it was made segments there for easy reference. There now is one for "Wig Wefts" and another for "The making of a Rococo Wig" which includes how to do the curls.
The final instalment - decorative styling - for the Rococo Wig is in progress & will be along soon.
I have started work on a casual dress for Yur & will get some photos up shortly.
In the works is a tall Rococo style wig - this is also often referred to as a "pouf" or Marie Antoinette style from the 18th century. The three objectives for this wig were: 1) to create a wig with a permanent or dedicated style; 2) light weight given the height & over all size of the style; and lastly 3) to remain pliable or soft enough to allow for different embellishments to used (pinned in) once finished - thus I decided to use batting to build the base or under lying structure of the wig.
After looking at both historical paintings, as well as more recent photos from movies about the era, I decided to make the first wig an exaggerated height. The first question was how to determine the height. Upon closer inspection of the images there seemed to be a rough correlation between the length of the face & the height. I opted to use as a guide the distance from the chin to the edge of the wig cap & then made the starting or "central tower" this size. I have an Iplehouse EID & the measurement I used was 2.5" (6.35cm).
The wig cap shown above is crocheted & lined - any type of wig cap can be used. In the initial stages of learning to make wig caps, several of these crocheted type caps were made. I found that a stretch mesh cap was more flexible for positioning wefts, so am using up these trial caps for styles that are suitable - white & will be completely covered (location & number holes do not matter).
See the complete photo journal on how the Rococo Wig was made or select "Read More" for the rest of this post ...
The New Year has begun with some sunshine - such a treat from the usual rain!
Although domestic duties intervened on the creative process today, the wefts did get completed. The process worked splendidly to create the remainder of the wefts. Assembled are all the bits & pieces - wig cap, wefts of hair (2 long & 3 half length) & batting.
Next will be the creation of a Rococo style wig...
To make sewing as easy as possible & to avoid the hair getting caught in the feed dogs, I placed a regular sheet of white paper beneath the hair.
See the complete photo journal on how the Wig Wefts were made or select "Read More" for the rest of this post ...
...continuing on with preparing the loose doll hair for wefting. Of the completed wraps, the shorter one worked best the for photos. I drew a couple of arrows on the cardboard as reference showing the top which is the area that will be sewn.
Step 1 was to wrapping the hair around a cardboard box.
Step 2 was to tape the upper edge. I used the narrowest masking tape that we had. It still was a bit too wide so cut in half lengthwise, then applied it very lightly to upper edge.
Step 3 was cutting the bottom of the hair. The flattened cardboard box worked quite well, it was quite easy to slip the end of the scizzors between the cardboard & get an even cut.
I came across a rather inexpensive package of doll hair & couldn't resist. The last batch of hair was a shank of straight hair so could jump right into wefting.
This package is loose & curly with lots of coils so needs a bit of prep before sewing the wefts. It is one continuous length with several strands of hair grouped together. It took a bit of digging to find the end!
To make it more manageable & to get consistent lengths, I have wrapped it around a flattened cardboard box. I wrap the strand around a half dozen times & gently slide it to one side. This is producing the even layer that I was hoping for. The clip board is merely to hold the hair from unravelling when I set it down.
I need several different lengths & using cardboard provides great flexibility to accomplish this.
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