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INSERTION TECHNIQUE DIRECTIONS
for
HAIR and LACE



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by Dana of Miniature Art

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Greetings!  In this week's MINI issue of Frills and Fancy we will discuss insertion.  Whether for hair or lace - this is a simple way to add fancies in miniature doll dressing.

The photo below, which we are using as an example for lace insertion is Vanessa.  The original pattern for her can be found in my lst book, SECRETS, HINTS AND HOW TO's.   The added hints (complete with the lace insertion techniques) can be found in my second book
OLE WEST COSTUMES.

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HAIR INSERTION TECHNIQUE

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Do you LOVE wigging <G> .... one of the biggest gripes of my beginner students, is learning how to make those pretty soft waves.  They think you HAVE to add all that hair at once, and it comes out looking like the photo above. 

Needless to say, this example was made by my 'insertion' method.

Here's how we do it..... wig your doll using a basic hair line.   Next pleat some black viscose (our fiber of choice) with the TINIEST pleater of all, the 1/4".   This makes great ethnic hair! 

After you pleat the hair, and its ALMOST dry, gently peal from pleater, and squish down waves on a table top.  This means take those rigid pleats, and gently 'push' it into flat waves (see photo to the right).  Then let air dry and wig as normal. 

After you have the sides and back done as desired, cut off a few straggler pieces, and 'insert' - glue them to the front.  The object is to look like its all one massive hair job.   In fact, the photo to the right is 3 pieces.  One wave on each side of her face and then the basic wigging.

 

LACE INSERTION TECHNIQUE

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Lace Insertion is basically the same idea.  Who said your lace drapes have to be on piece of gathered lace?  Why not simply ruffle a bit of lace, and glue into those hollow spots?  This works especially well on boudoir dolls!

Hope you've enjoyed this mini-issue.  As always, this is my way of saying thank you for your continued support!

Happy Creating....
Dana

 

Dana of Miniature Art
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