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The Poor Man’s Guide to an Easy No-Sew Doll Wig Cap and Wig

Do you have a bald doll? Do you have absolutely no ability to sew or make wigs? Well it’s your lucky day! Because with The Poor Man’s Guide to an Easy No-Sew Doll Wig Cap and Wig, your bald dolly can have hair in no time! *yaaaaaaaaaaay*

The first thing you need is some tacky glue, a cruddy paint brush that you couldn’t care less if it died in a fire, and saran wrap!

Wrap your dolly’s head in the saran wrap like you’re trying to suffocate it! Seriously, stretch the saran wrap downward so there’s as few wrinkles as possible, and secure it tightly with a rubber band / twist tie / etc.

Wrap the doll’s head tightly again, but this time with a thin fabric that you will use as the base of the wig. I used thin cotton. start painting a layer of tacky glue alllll over the head.

Let the tacky glue dry (you may want to do a few layers) and when the fabric has hardened, you can cut the cap to the shape of the hairline. If you cut the saran wrap, you must wrap the doll again! Keep the doll covered safely in plastic wrap!

Apply hair (whatever you wanted to use, faux fur, alpaca, etc) by adding a small chunk at a time. Be sure to remove any undercoat or extra fluff from each bunch before applying to the wig cap. Paint the spot where you want to apply with glue, add hair, paint over again with glue to secure.

Go row by row until you reach the top.

This is where it gets tricky - It’s hard to see in the photos, but first you apply a chunk of hair going *against* the direction you want it to lay. Then, you add a small amount of glue and *fold* the hair so that it lays flowing in the correct direction, and creates a nice looking part in the hair.

And there it is! The Poor Man’s Easy No-Sew Doll Wig Cap and Wig! Enjoy!

!Extra tips!
+This method works with faux fur, alpaca, fibers of all sorts, thread, feathers, whatever you want! The glue is what worked best for us! There is nothing set in stone, Get creative!
+Drawing on a dried wig cap can help if you need to know where your part will be and which direction you want your hair to go!
+This is an excellent method for boyish or pixie wigs! Cutting as you go is also possible, but the end result can look a little choppy if you aren’t careful. For some people though, its much easier to cut as you go to create a more layered look!
+THE WIG CAP WILL END UP A HARDCAP! It will only fit similar dolls to the one you made it for!
+You can also keep a pair of scissors handy to cut into wefts first, paint glue on, and then add them.
+Laying down Saran Wrap on your workstation can help with keeping an easy to clean spot. 
+Glue WILL dry on the brush. In our experience, hay brushes are the easiest and don’t stick to the fibers as much.
+The finished products are delicate, and should only need light brushing or treatment with appropriate products!
+There is no set method for the part, everyone has their own method!

Lastly, if you use this tutorial, we would LOVE to see your wigs! :)
Here are some made using the method here!



Fiber Associations

I’ve been trying to draft a list of elemental fiber associations for fiber craft witches, and its difficult because it can be so arbitrary. For some, animal fibers may be a connection to spirit, while plant fibers may be connected to earth. Some people connect warmer fibers like wool to fire, while I’ve seen others associate cotton with fire because it grows in such sunny and hot conditions. Ultimately, what you believe is much more important than what some witch on the internet tells you. That said, here’s a set of ideas for you to dabble with:

Cotton

  • Fire: Cotton grows in incredibly hot and sunny conditions
  • Earth: As a plant fiber, it grows in the earth

Animal Fibers (Wool, Angora, Alpaca, Etc.)

  • Fire: These fibers are often the warmest. Indeed, most fiber growing animals must be shorn before summer because they could over heat in an unhealthy manner if they were forced to carry their coats
  • Air: Some lighter animal fibers, like angora, are whispy and light, like air
  • Earth: These animals are almost always herbivores, creatures of the earth
  • Spirit: You can, if you so chose, evoke the qualities of the animal, or just the fact that it comes from a living creature

Bamboo

  • Earth: As a plant fiber, it grows in the earth
  • Water: Bamboo can live in the water
  • Air: Bamboo can grow exceptionally tall
  • Fire: Bamboo is shockingly warm for a plant fiber, and may have some cleansing, antibacterial properties

Silk

  • Earth: As an insect fiber, silk carries the spirit of small creatures that live in trees and usually mimic leaves
  • Air: Silk is incredibly light; Additionally, most silk comes from the larvae of silk moths, which are flying creatures
  • Spirit: You can, if you so chose, evoke the qualities of the animal, or just the fact that it comes from a living creature
  • Fire: Most silk comes from insects that are killed using heat or fire before the silk fibers from their cocoons are harvested

Man Made Fibers (Rayon, Acrylic, Etc.)

  • Spirit: An excellent representation of the ingenuity of humanity, as they are made by us
  • Earth: Many acrylic fibers are made of recycled materials, and could be used to represent our concern for and connection to the earth

Of course, sometimes price and practicality win out and you use what you have. In that case, chose what you can get, what will work, and perhaps play with color and patterns. And remember: always consider fiber care!

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Lumina - custom MH Scarah Screams

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Original doll: Mattel Monster High Scarah Screams
Wig: raw alpaca fiber
Body mod: eyes cut open
Eyes: selfmade from polymer clay, resin and glitter
Face and body paint: chalk pastels, colored pencils, acrylics, clear gloss, fake lashes, golden alcohol ink
Dress and wing cape: alpaca fiber, handpainted silk, wire glass and plastic beads, cotton, ribbon

Antennae: wire, fake lashes, alcohol ink

Dollstand: wire, plaster, alcohol ink

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Cherny and Bely - Monster High Catty Noir and Catrine DeMew

Original dolls: Cherny (black) is Mattel Monster High Catty Noir
                      Bely (white) is Mattel Monster High Catrine DeMew

Wigs: (dyed) raw alpaca fiber
Tails: posable wire with cotton fabric and (dyed) alpaca fiber
Body mods: eyes cut open, heads acetone shrunk
Eyes: selfmade follow-me eyes from polymer clay, acrylic paint and epoxy resin
Faces: chalk pastels, colored pencils, acrylic paint, clear gloss, fake lashes
Dresses: hand sewn from cotton fabric, lace and ribbons
Shoes: selfmade from polymer clay, cotton fabric, ribbon, acrylic paint and matte glaze

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OOAK Miniature White Tiger Cub Handflocked by Teensyweensybaby
Via Flickr:
Miniature White Tiger Cub Hand Flocked

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We’ve all seen the top image floating around Pinterest and Tumblr. The world seems to believe that this is a baby alpaca. I can guarantee that this is not a cria, but a very awesome needle felted creation likely made with alpaca fiber. The bottom image is of a month old Suri Alpaca cria. Don’t believe everything you see! 

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Buffalo Sweater is up and ready for viewing!

This wild beauty was made with a luxurious Alpaca and Wool fiber that is lightly heathered for a wonderful earthy texture. In some Native American cultures the Buffalo represents Strength and Abundance which is echoed by the spiral symbol in the middle. The crossed arrows on the sleeves represent friendship which makes this sweater the prefect friendship gift!

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Weaving Family, Chinchero, Peru

As you have seen from other posts, weaving with Alpaca fiber is very popular in the mountain villages of Peru.  This family showed us how they created dyes from plants.  To make long runners or blankets, two women would sit at either end of a large weaving apparatus and roll the yarn back and forth.  I’m trying to picture my two daughters collaborating on one of these runners.  I’m not sure which they would lose patience with quicker - the project or each other.