Sometimes you end up cosplaying a character with a really crazy hairline, and you think “How am I going to make THAT?”
Maybe you’ve already learned about lace-front wigs and how they appear more natural-looking. Maybe you’ve even heard of wig ventilation, which is the method for individually adding hairs into the lace of a lace-front wig. If you’ve gotten that far, you’ve probably noticed you need special tools, called ventilating hooks/needles, and they can be costly and hard to acquire. Fear not! I am here to show you a few methods to ventilate hair with just normal supplies you can find at your craft and sewing store! That’s right, you can ventilate hair with just a normal sewing needle!!!
1) Bought a heat-resistant synthetic curly/wavy/messy wig.. we all know how massive & untamed her hair is. my problem is the original color was brown-gray-white 2) placed the wig on mannequin head & secured it w/ wall pins. 3) colored the top-half with colored hairspray (orange), while manually spreading/ combing the paint w/ my fingers in gloves. Set to dry (30 minutes to an hour is fine) 4) then i clipped the top-half w/ clamps so that i could manually color the bottom-half w/ Kurecolor pens: orange #215 & #206 (can be found in your local bookstores), but i only touched the white & gray streaks only. 5) i left out the brown part at the back so as to retain a shadow effect in photos & protect my gown from staining any orange paint. 6) next i unclipped the top-half and sprayed the rest of the color hairspray at the back the wig to cover the brown left. 7) lastly, i sprayed the whole wig w/ 70% alcohol in a bottle while combing the wig w/ my fingers, for the paint to set down & smell good. 8) set an overnight drying of 24hours at the most.
I did not dye anything here, didn't have enough time to so everything is manually done. But i will probably dye it the next time i cosplay her again, depends on the outcome in photos. for now this will do, it actually looks awesome doesn't it? When i have time, i will edit this submission to an actual Tutorial soon!
**SPECIAL thanks to: and for the tips!!
Will debut this on FANTASY QUEST event this sunday. We have friends from Malaysia & singapore coming to attend it, such as among others so i'm so0o excited to bond w/ them again whee!!
What you'll need: - One full length, long wig (I'm working with Kelly from Cosworx. 23 inches) - 1 Pack of extensions (I actually cut up another blonde wig I wasn't using) - (With extensions) A long braid - 1 Wig head - 1 Ponytail holder (hair tie) - Ribbon - Several bobby pins
1. Make sure wig is secure on wig head with several sewing pins along the cap rim. 2. Pull wig into a ponytail, about mid-back of the wig head. 3. Twist the ponytail to the right. 4. Hold the base of the ponytail with one hand, and with the other, bring the end around, over the top. 5. Pull the end of the ponytail through the loop created with the first hand. 6. Pull it through, making a knot. 7. Bring the left over around the top and pin it to the wig. 8. Appearance of bun after pinning. 9. Grab some extensions and start by putting them over the bun. 10. Pull it around tightly and pin the strands to the wig in multiple places. --Do this as many times as you feel fit. I do it twice and bring the second one over the top of the bun. (see ex. 11) 11. Take you braid made of extensions and put it around the bun. Take the two lose pieces and put the ribbon at the bottom and top. 12. Tie the ribbon in a knot tightly, making sure both strains are secure. Tie the bow. 13. Hide end of strands and pin as much as needed. 14. Finished wig.
Remember that the wig will be VERY back heavy. Be careful using a wig cap, if it's not placed on properly, the wig will slip off. Make sure the wig is pinned to your head to prevent it coming off.
Other ways you can keep it secure it sewing hair clips in the netting or sewing clear elastic on the pieces in front of the ears.
Finally the fourth part of my tutorial on cosplay and convention photography.
Unfortunately I can't upload the fifth part until next week because I didn't manage to finish it in time. It's now 1am and I have to get up early tomorrow to go to Animagic
Part I: So you want to shoot at a con? a.k.a. Introduction and basics [link] Part II: Auto mode is the enemy a.k.a. Get to know your camera [link] Part III: Now show me your ass a.k.a. Poses and composition Part IV: Dude, don't touch her there D: a.k.a. How to behave as a photographer Part V: Convention over, work's done. Right? a.k.a. Post processing and uploading
This is my first tutorial. I hope I didn't miss any details. Please forgive me if there's any grammar error.
This might seems easy, but it took me a whole week to get the size right. And I failed several times when using spray paint, so I have to start all over again. I'm so glad that the shoes turned out just fine. Maybe it's not perfect, but I've done my best. Please leave a comment if you need any help.
Special thanks to for telling me adding some glitter nail polish on the edge can make the shoes looks more shiny and snowy.
I'm so looking forward to my Elsa cosplay this March, which is also the month of my birthday.
EDIT(20140823): I discover that nail Polish is a better way to colour when I re-make the shoes. I was going to make a new tutorial but I lost my phone WHICH CONTAINS MY NEW PHOTOS!!!!!!! Anyway, if anybody tries to make the shoes, nail polish is a better idea to colour.
Thanks again for reading my tutorial.
A lot of people have asked me where to get soft plastic. I bought mine at a stationary store, which was a transparent table mat, but it's also available at some fabric stores.
For anyone interested, here is a step by step tutorial on one way to alter existing shoes for cosplay. I use the shoes for my Hyrule Warriors Cia cosplay as the example, but this method could be used for other characters as well. Possibilities are endless! ^_^
1) Materials- Paint (I used bronze, gold, silver, and black) Masking Tape Mod Podge (I used both a matte finish and a gloss finish) Paint Brushes Something to draw with Exacto Knife Craft Foam Scissors Newspaper (to keep your work area clean) Fabric Glue
Optional: Pearl Ex pigments (these are very useful if you're using metallic paint)
2) Find your pair of shoes and cover one of them with masking tape, then draw out your design on the tape. You do not need to do both shoes in this step, just one will be sufficient.
3) Carefully take the tape off your shoes. I cut mine right down the middle and very carefully pulled it off in two separate pieces. Flatten the tape out as much as you can without sacrificing your design.
4) Cut out the pieces of your design. You now have patterns! I numbered mine to help me keep track of where they went.
5) Transfer all your pattern pieces to craft foam and cut them out. Once you're done, do it again! You'll just have to flip the second set over so that they fit on the other shoe.
6) This step will take a little time and patience. You're going to glue your craft foam pieces onto your shoes. Fabric glue is very nice for this project because it will stay a little bit flexible, making it less likely the craft foam will pop off if the shoe gets bent or flexed while walking. The craft foam isn't going to stay on the shoes without being held down, so use a few pieces of masking tape to secure it, then let it dry. You may have to only do a piece or two at a time, depending on how many details you have and how close together they are.
7) This is what my shoes looked like after getting all the pieces glued down.
8) Once all your foam pieces are on and dry cover your shoes in a few layers of Mod Podge. I used a matte finish for this step since it wouldn't show at all once the paint was on. Doing this will help protect your foam pieces and it makes for a very smooth painting surface. It will also act as a glue, so your craft foam will be secured to your shoes even more I used 5 layers, but you can use your own judgement and decide how many you want to put on.
9) Once they are nicely sealed with Mod Podge, its time to paint them! If you want to know how I painted mine, you can check out my Painting Tutorial. I used the same method as described there. You can also see how I use metallic paint HERE. Once they are painted, seal them with another couple of layers of Mod Podge. I used a glossy finish for this step.