Hope this is helpful! This tutorial also works great with Yugi wigs and other crazy styles like DBZ characters too! Yugi's just got different bangs, and with Dragon Ball wigs you can use the same process for the spikes, but then make the hairline out of extra wefts (See this tutorial here for hairlines: [link] ).
This is the wig base I used: [link] It's pretty awesome since the wefts in the back are sewn upwards, and it's super thick.
As promised, here is the process I used to make the hairline for 's Zack Fair wig :3
Though I've done lots of cheating with wefts/excess fibers and glue before, I'd like to thank for inspiring the idea to do this with hairlines. She made a quicky tutorial a long time ago, but she took it down before I was able to use it as reference. I don't remember if hers was the exact same process, but please check out her gallery and her amazing wigs! :3
First photo in the set was taken by Last photo of the set was taken by
As promised, here's a tutorial on how I made my Judal wig! After learning more about spray/expanding foam, I decided to give it a shot since it would be cost efficient and less messy than shaving down normal Styrofoam balls. This youtube video by Mogrymillian is a great intro to using spray/expanding foam! [link]
The awesome part was that it wasn't too heavy! It stayed on my head even before I added wig clips, though I did add some anyway in both the front and back just in case. It only started to feel heavy after I had been wearing it for a few hours.
I'll also go ahead and post photos from using insulation foam and upholstery foam, though I feel the expanding foam is my favorite so far.
I'll hopefully get some photos of the full costume at Acen next weekend, but for now here is a preview of sorts :3
Much thanks to for creating a tutorial for resizing Jeannie/Malinda wigs. I was stuck for a long time because the ideas I had in my head were overly complicated and not guaranteed to work. XD Direct link to her tutorial:
I took some photo documentation of my Cloud wig while I was working on it, and I figured I'd share to show the process to those who were curious. It's not really a super detailed tutorial, but I added a bunch of information to fill in what I didn't capture with my camera.
Wig styled by me, using 2 Magnum (color 81) wig bases from Arda-wigs.com
Cloud Strife & Final Fantasy VII are (c) Squaresoft/Squeenix
[July 6,2011 - First submission was a bit confusing, so I edited the tutorial to make it easier to read. After all, English is read from left to right...]
Please note: The yellow wig not an Arda wig. The black wig is an Arda Lulu.
Tutorial on wig clips.
Special thanks to my Squirtle plushie, who helped me keep a steady hand while taking the sewing photos.
I hope this helps!
[EDIT 02/03/2013]: Quite a few people have been wondering about how to keep their wigs on if they have very short and slick hair. I've thought of a suggestion, though have never tried it before. If you do decide to try out my idea, please do tell me if it works or doesn't work for you, since we're all learning : [link]
It's been a while since I've uploaded a wig tutorial here! Part of my job at Arda is making handy tutorials for our customers, but since they're videos I usually just keep them to our Youtube channel. If you don't already keep up with the Arda-Wigs youtube, check them out here: www.youtube.com/user/ArdaWigs
This tutorial is specifically for Arda-wigs, which have heat-resistant fibers (so they can survive being boiled). Do not attempt this on wigs that are not heat-resistant!
As a Thank You to all my supporters, here is the Foam Board Weapon Tutorial!
I've had a lot of practice with this method, and this is the formula that works best for me, so I hope it can help you make your props with ease. I really enjoy working with my hands and making props using various methods, so please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any - I'll be glad to answer them!
Tutorial and all images therein are Copyright Fire Lily and FireLilyCosplay.com.