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Tutorial: anatomical wig with defined hair line
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Published: November 8, 2012
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allwire's avatar
allwire|Professional General Artist
thank you so much for this tutorial.  I have done other wigs before but I didn't like the way the hairline came out.  I used alpaca and pantyhose tops.  
My doll has a very large head and the tulle worked so much better.  the wefts were so much easier also as I did not have to sew them!
(By at the way, I have you marked as one of my favorites on Etsy.)
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I'm so glad that this tutorial was useful for you! Please feel free to post here a link to your doll in a wig that you made!
Hope you'll find something useful on my Etsy too!
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bakayaro-onna|Professional General Artist
Wow! Great tutorial!
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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my-immortals|Professional General Artist
Just wanted to thank you for this tutorial!!! I did my wigs differently, because usually they are curly wigs, and making the wefts from curly hair is almost impossible. This straight style was wonderful to work with!
I used the tutorial, in part, to create my wig for my original, 1/4 scale (43cm overall doll height) Loki head sculpt on a Tonner body.
I use a different fabric for the cap.
It's a glue infused, craft gauze (Dip-N-Drape) that I cut into pieces and make a hard cap to glue the wefts onto:

My Immortals Loki Head Sculpt by my-immortals
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! The wig you made is great, and the sculpt itself is amazing!
Seconding what you said about the curly wigs, as I had a very hard time making this one: Baby Hiddles
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my-immortalsEdited |Professional General Artist
Thank you!! ... and thank you for all the faves!

Yes, Baby Hiddles hair is even curlier than my Jamie Fraser and Jon Snow! The hair just wants to curl up over into the glue, and since the urethane glue isn't an "instant grab" type like Fabri-Tac, the ends won't stay on the netting. That's why, up until now, I've been making very small, flat glue weft locks of curly hair (about 1.3 cm each) with the Fabri-Tac and glueing those to the cap. Very intensive and time consuming!!
I was thinking about this, and since the urethane glue is waterproof, maybe a boiled permanent AFTER making the wefts onto the netting?? Going to try it on one piece and see if the glue holds up. Will let you know!
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, your art is gorgeous.
Yeah, exactly, I had to press the pre-boiled curls and to wait until the glue holds them up. Spent a ton of time in a respirator under the extractor hood. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to form the proper curls after the straight hair was glued to the cap, that's why.
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Besulalea|Hobbyist General Artist
SOOOOO cool!! Thank you for taking time to share and explain this!!! ^_^
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:
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AtomicZombiePhD|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you ever tired using modgepodge? Or would that hold not well enough?
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry, never tried it, and I even need to ask Google to know what you're talking about.
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Ankoku-jin|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I've been trying to figure out how to make a short wig with a defined hairline for some time, this is just perfect.
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :hug:
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dixiekasilke|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. This will be very useful! :star:
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :la:
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Hi i am trying to use this method on making a wig for myself and my clients, how would i do it for a human? The wig cap? I'm a beginner and i know how to make lace wigs, but i have been searching for a way to make a silk base wig/silk top wig, so that it will look more natural with freestyle parting. Please help me I've learned a lot just from the tutorials you made.
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh dear, I believe that a laced wig is still the best technology invented for humans! Human wig cap should not be hard, but soft and stretchable. I invented the method described in my tutorial especially for BJDs, because there are a lot of certain limitations and requirements. Human head has another limitations and requirements, that laced wig fulfills beautifully. Doll head is bald, but humans have their own hair that has to be concealed beneath a wig cap somehow, so it should be soft and stretchable. Head skin should breathe even under the wig, while the doll doesn't care. So tutorials on YouTube on making a laced wigs is your clue to success.

The irony is I still ended up with lacing, adapting it for a dollie usage to my best ability: th04.deviantart.net/fs71/200H/…
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Hi i am trying to use this method on making a wig for myself and my clients, how would i do it for a human? I'm a beginner and i know how to make lace wigs, but i have been searching for a way to make a silk base wig/silk top wig, so that it will look more natural with freestyle parting. Please help me I've learned a lot just from the tutorials you made.
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Great tutorial! I've made a glued wig before, but I didn't make the wefts like you do, and they shed like crazy. I've got to try this method!
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! The wefts by my technology are very strong, that's why I use it for a super long wigs that need regular brushing :la:
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BeetleJuiceBeetleWut|Student General Artist
THANK YOU!
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scargeear|Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug::hug::hug:
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ParanoiaPenguin|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you have the time, could you perhaps make a quick description or diagram of the weft layout (like in part 3 above) for other hair styles? The ones i'm curious about are the center part, like here scargeear.deviantart.com/art/S… and how to finish the center whorl of a wig where the wefts are laid out in a spiral.
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