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Light-Weight Drill Curl Tutorial - Amy Sorel

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Here is a tutorial for making "light-weight" drill curls using spray adhesive, minimal fabric glue and hair spray!
I hope it makes sense!
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or message me on my page: www.facebook.com/LithiumCospla…

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1 - Make a wire template. (You'll most likely have to alter the length once you tape it. I sure did!)


2 - Sandwich the wire inbetween masking tape. Cut the tape to a point at the ends. Adjust the length. (I think I ended up cutting back from 1.5m to just over 1m.)

3 - Paint the tape to match the hair colour. (The tape curled a little while drying so I had to lay some weights on it to keep it flat and patch up the paint afterwards.)

4 - I started with a curly twin tails wig. I only had to pull apart one ponytail (they were quite thick) and still only used about 1/3 of the wefts I had. (Note: Once you take the clamps off you'll notice the wefts stitched into some mesh. You can easily unpick the wefts without having to cut any of the hair. Beware, this was very time consuming!). The wig was heat resistant so I straightened the wefts with a hair straigtener. I cut the wefts into about 5cm wide pieces.

5 - What I used for the weft adhering. I picked up the spray adhesive from a craft shop for just over $10 and probably only needed half of it. OH, I forgot, I also used a super strong hair spray to finish things. Most people suggest Got2B Glued but since I couldn't find it in Australia I went with Schwarzkopf taft Laquer "Mega Strong Hold".

6 - I did the inside of the drills first. I missed a few photos (sorry) but basically, since the wefts weren't long enough, I started from the bottom end + left some extra hanging off the edge (see photo 11). I held the top of the weft in place with a hairdresser's clip.
*** MAKE SURE THAT THE WEFT IS PERFECTLY COMBED FIRST (or close enough)***

To adhere the hair, I would then lift the hair under the clip and spray the tape with adhesive, lay the hair down carefully, spray some more on top, and then use the old paint brush to smooth it down. 

*!*!*!*!*!*!*!* TAKE YOUR TIME!! I cannot stress this enough. In order to get the hair to glue down super neat, you must take your time, working in small sections from the top of the weft down, being SUPER careful not to pull any hairs and cause a knotty mess in the weft. If you do by accident, comb the weft gently using a wide tooth comb, and if any knots form, just cut them out. Don't risk pulling the hair that you've already glued down.

The photo finally shows how I finished the top end, by gluing it with fabric glue (kinda smoosh it down). I then cut the sewn end of the weft and secured it with more fabric glue. The fabric glue was supper messy, dries fast, and I didn't like working with it. Don't rush it.

7 - I repeated step 6, this time from the top end of the tape. I think I then glued another weft but I didn't care too much if you could see a lot of the tape through the hair since this was only the inside of the drill. I wanted to keep the drills as light as possible. You can see some of the hair crinkled when I curled the tape, but it wasn't too noticable, being on the inside.

8 - Now for the outside. The inside wasn't too time consuming, using only 3 or so wefts and gluing to a flat piece of tape. I took super extra care with the outside of the drills to get them so neat. It took about a day and it was definitely worth it!

Again, starting part way down the tape and leaving some hair to hang off the edge so that I could have some pretty little ringlets coming off the ends (see photo 11). Then I basically did the same as I did in step 6, but working even slower, in smaller sections, twisting the drill as I went. 

9 & 10 - These photo just show part of the process of working in sections. I think I did 2 wefts together with no troubles. Again, hold the end, spray some glue on the tape, place the hair down, smooth it down with a brush (the bristles of which were now hard and glued together, but this made it work even better), and once dry (the spray dries fairly quickly, or use a clip to hold this part in place) roll the drill over a little and work on the next section. Note how I kept the weft neat and taut as I Worked each section. Use fabric glue to adhere the top of the weft and cut off the sewn ends. 
I think I repeated this, layering another weft on top.

11 - I used a little bit of fabric glue on the end to bind the extra hair together that I would later curl into ringlets (using a pen to twist the hair around, strong hairspray and a hairdryer).

12 - Then onto the top of the weft (I adhered 2 at once). Holding the top end again with clips, repeat step 6 / 9 / 10. This time I left the sewn ends as is.

13 - Hold the ends in place with clips and fairly generously lacquer the drill with your super strong hair spray. It shouldn't take too long to dry, then you can curl the ends into ringlets.

14 - Test the position of your curls before you sew them into the wig. I use hairdressers clips and sewing pins to hold them in place while I tried on the wig, numerous times. I also cut and styled the fringe (which was kinda silly since I had to fix it all up again after putting the wig on and off again to test the drill postions).

15 - (Note: I ended up cutting that piece of wire left sticking out of the drill). Lift the hair above where you will sew the drill into the wig and hold with hair clips. The dotted white line shows where I sewed. Try to sew into the netting of the wig. secure it with a few rounds of stitching. Unclip the hair above and cover the piece you just stitched, weaving the hair under the second loop (if this makes sense..). I was too short on time to muck around with creating a part in the back of the wig, which is sad because I could have done it with so many extra wefts left over. If I did this, however, I'd have to alter the way I attach the weft to the wig and may have had to install an internal headband piece or stub the wig base hair or something. Anyway, I still like how things turned out! I had to trim the base wig and then lacquered it with the hairspray. It kinda almost holds its shape like a helmet now, which I think is pretty cool and literally very neat.
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mmdlizzy2000's avatar
could you do celest (which is a bigger version)
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Hello! I'm currently working on a Kasane Teto cosplay, and I found this tutorial really helpful! Thank you so much for making a very detailed tutorial with pictures and everything ^^
However, I'm having some troubles with overlapping the wefts with each other... Do you have any tips on how I can make the pieces "blend" together? Right now the edges of my wefts are showing kinda much, and if I cut it of, it still looks very blunt..
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Hi there~ I'm glad you've found the tutorial helpful!
As for the overlapping wefts, I think the key is to not make the first layer too thick and try not to use too much glue at the start of the overlapped weft.
Make sure that the end is patted down as flat as you can make it.
It might help if you cut into the end of the overlapped to give a jagged overlapped edge so that it blends a little better under the overlapping layer.
Also, if you're going to add more than one 'under' weft, it will help if you stagger them, so, glue the second 'under' weft a little higher than the first weft.
If it is still too noticeable, you can try to hide this part by having it face towards the base wig or at the back of the curl.
I hope I haven't confused you >< Please let me know if I have and I can try to explain things a little better and perhaps draw some diagrams to help.
Feel free to ask me as many questions as you need :)