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.
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!
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.
If you have any questions please email me (my Arda email address is at the bottom of the tutorial). I don't get on DA very often, so if you ask in a comment here I might not see it for a long time.
Some Tutorial FAQs:
"Can you do a tutorial for ___(insert character wig I've already styled before)___?" -It depends on if I took progress photos while I did it. Sometimes I don't because I'm either in a rush or already made a tutorial that used the same techniques. I recommend checking my tutorial folder here or the tutorial tab on the Arda Wigs page for a large variety of tutorials that should hopefully provide some inspiration! Even if a tutorial is for a specific character, the techniques used can be applied to other characters as well. arda-wigs.com/pages/tutorials-…
"Can you do a tutorial for __(insert character wig I haven't styled before)__?" -I don't do specific character requests, though if there's a type of technique that you haven't seen a tutorial for, feel free to suggest it on my work's Tutorial Suggestion forum: kingdom-arts.org/viewtopic.php…\
Wig and tutorial by me, and modeled by Wig base from Arda-wigs.com First image was taken by George Duong at Katsucon 2014
I know I sorta covered this info in my Cloud wig tutorial and Yusei tutorial, but I've been wanting to make a simpler tutorial that was more about the basics rather than tackling crazy styles that needed extra extensions or foam/felt forms (The Cloud tutorial is more like an intermediate spiking tutorial, and the Yugioh wig tutorials are more advanced techniques).
To see my other wig tutorials, check out my folder here: [link]
Wig used in this tutorial was a Jaguar in Ginger Blonde 027 from Arda-wigs.com [link]
There are so many different things you can do with pre-existing patterns to get what you want in a costume. This tutorial just lists a few examples, but hopefully it's something that can get you started if you've never tried this before! Some experience with patterns might be required to understand this to the fullest.
Also, please excuse my typos. XD I made this late at night haha.
Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin is (c) Hajime Isayama
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
Before I learned about this trick, there were any number of projects that were ruined because of chalk or pen that says it’s easily cleaned or brushed off but never fully comes out of the fabric I’m working with. When I was working on my Desmond Miles hoodie, I had to mark the front with tailor’s chalk for all the extra seams and top stitching. That hoodie has been washed several times, I’ve had the costume piece for a couple years now, and the chalk is still clearly visible on the front of the hoodie. At a point, I’ll need to remake the hoodie to fix this problem. I’ve also seen this happen with mark-be-gone and disappearing ink pens. It’s a huge frustration that seriously mucks up a project.
Now, whenever possible, I use soap as a marking tool. You simply wait until you have a thin sliver of soap left from a bar and use it like you would a piece of chalk. When you wash your piece, you are guaranteed to have the soap come out, unlike with the other marking tools I mentioned. The only problem I ever have with this method is with light colored fabrics. If I could find a darker colored soap, I’d probably be set.
I recently made my Attack on Titan boots for my Hanji cosplay for Aki Con, and I had a few people ask me how I made them, so here is a little tutorial!
This is my first time making one, and it took 3 hours to put together X'D My gawd! So much more respect for people that make these OTL
--- I am FAR FROM AN EXPERT and this is just one of many ways you can make these boots. But hopefully it will be of some help to people ^^ ---
S/N: If there is something I've made that you would like me to do a tutorial on let me know. I can't do a full costume tutorial because it would be to hard and long to explain, but if there is a part of a costume or sewing/building technique I will try my best! ---------------------------------
EDIT Because I've been getting some repeating questions, I'll post a mini FAQ..
How much fabric did you use? I bought 1m and had almost half of it left over, but this depends on the width of your fabric, so picture 4 boots laying down ^^'
What does the bottom look like?/Does the heel stick out? Yes, the heel sticks out and the bottom of the cover. I use heel boots for this reason since it keeps the boot cover from twisting and shifting while you walk. Also if your a clutz like myself, then the extra traction is awesome!
Can I use flats/bare feet/shorter boots I used tall boots because... - they are easy to trace (tracing your leg is a pain in the ass) - They protect your feet - They give the boot covers a strong stiff surface to rest ageist - and you will not see any shoe lines or pant bunchies
But in the end you can do whatever you want, this is a guide line using methods I have tested and that have worked for me.