|Wigging Part I
What's the secret to realistic wigging?
Patience. Not being afraid of setting it
down and picking it up again while drying......and a minimum amount
of hair. The biggest mistake I see beginner do, is to use a large section of fiber
and too much glue. Pretty soon all I see is a disgruntled looks, sticky fingers and
hair everywhere. Wig one step at a time....don't rush! Then you'll be ok!
Tools.....Viscose (hair), hair pleater, tiny curl rods, assorted
knitting needles (pointed on both ends), a plant mister filled with water and a drop of
Downy for static control and a hair dryer.
Basic Wigging Technique
1. Select hair style. If you would like a center part, these can be ordered
from your doll body supplier (we simply cut a center groove in head at green ware
stage). If you bought a doll without this groove, you can make a fake one.
Take a small pie shape piece of fimo, indent a groove in the middle, bake, and glue this
piece where you wanted the part.
2. Create a hairline. (I look into the mirror, and see how my hair line
goes from ear to ear.) Then I put a matching line of glue around the doll's head
from ear to ear. Gently spread this glue upwards so the whole head is covered.
3. Section some hair fiber from the main hunk of hair. You need a section
about 3" long, and about 1" wide. Make sure this section is very
thin. Separate strands with your fingernail if necessary to make even in
thickness. Lay this over head from neck to nose, patting gently to adhere to
glue. Then put a thin line of glue from ear to ear top. lay a piece of hair
over this. Hold the whole thing down gently. (TIP.....I take a plastic bag,
place it over the dolls head, and wrap a rubber band around the neck. Let this dry,
and then unwrap.)
4. Arrange hair as in your photo. Take sides and gently lift
up and back for an upward sweep. Take all hair and gently lift up for a
ponytail. Secure all with a small wrapping of matching thread color.