wigmaking

Here’s a wig tutorial as promised for Lucio from the game, Overwatch. I was asked by my client to make this wig’s ponytail to have more of a natural fall while still look accurate to the game design of the character. It was a learning experience on my part as well since this is the first time I made a full wig using textured hair/weave.
I used about 5-7 packages of Kanekalon Definition Braid hair in color “27” which is like a light brown shade from a local wig shop. ($10 per pack) You can purchase this from online sites like Amazon or Ebay as well. Mojito Twist braid synthethic hair is a good alternative. I don’t recommend cheap braiding hair to make this wig since it’s too light and harder to shape. The methods I used for this wig are not meant for using in real hair or everyday-wear wig, only cosplay wig which is not meant to be shampoo’d (you can do spot-cleaning or use dry shampoo). Please be open minded as I am still learning about making this type of wigs too. :)
Here are the steps:

- Lucio has 6 large dreadlocks that make up his ponytail, so you want to make 6 tails separately at first. Measure and cut floral wire to be about half the length of the final length you need the tail to be. Wrap the floral wire with soft batting (the stuff for making blankets), cut several 3-inch-wide strips ahead of time. Secure the batting strip as you wrap it with a dot of hot glue as needed. Wrap it more tight at the beginning and wrap it more loose towards the end to create bigger shape. Stuff a bit of fiberfill (the stuff for pillows) inside the tail at the bottom to help it maintain the plump shape. Then use strips of brown tulle fabric to wrap around the tail over the batting layer. Doing this will make the hair stays on better when you glue it later to the tail.
- Cut about 1 and a half inch of definition braid hair and start wrapping it from the base where the floral wire pokes out. Apply hot glue from the start and keep applying bits of hot glue on the tail and wrap the hair as you go. If the hair fray while you do this, use Got2B freezing spray and pat the hair down. I prefer to only spray one time when I finish wrapping a whole tail so I don’t waste too much hair spray.
- When putting the 6 tails together, the ponytail will be heavy, so you want to make some kind of foundation that will go under the main wig. There are many ways to do this, but I used elastic band with corset boning and a hairband to put together. I used the floral wire length that poked out from each tail to wrap around the hairband to attach it.
- Use a wig cap meant for wig-making as a base. I used an extra large one but still have to add some net fabric in the back to enlarge the cap even more. Before you do all that, make sure to pad the foam wig head so it’s accurate size to whomever the wig is for. Pin the ponytail foundation to the foam head. Cut the back of the wig cap to open it and cut a circle on the top where the ponytail will poke out. Place the wig cap on the foam head and sew the back seam shut with wefting needle and wefting thread. Cut and sew lacefront fabric to the front along the hairline part of the wig cap. Leave the length as shown in the pic for now.
- Use a small piece of hair to wrap around the wig cap starting from the top area near the base of the ponytail and work your way down. Use little bit of Fabri-Tac glue (or strong fabric glue) to help secure the hair in place.
- Use Fabri-Tac glue to “draw” lines on the hair on the wig cap. Refer to your reference for the character. Lucio’s hair in this area looked like zigzag rows of dreads so I made the lines as such. Use the tail of a fine-tooth comb to press down the glue as you apply so the hair where you press will stay down, thus create dimension between each row. Once the glue completely dries and harden, cut into the front hairline to make angled hairline shape.
- Paint the lines of glue with acrylic paint that closely matches the skin color of the person who will wear the wig. This will be fake scalp part. Then cut short piecese of hair (about 2-3 inch short) and glue it down on the fake scalp line between each row using Tacky Glue (or craft glue that dries clear) This step will take forever to finish but the result looks good and will look like the hair is growing out from the scalp.
- And you’re done! Use spirit gum or lacefront tape to secure the front hairline down when wearing the wig. I added flexi-comb under the front part of the wig as well because it will slide back from the weight of the tail.

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you guys. Now you can go and heal your team as Lucio!
“Amp it up!” 😎

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Kessie, like me, is a cosplayer, and like me also, a huge avatar-fan. Even more so, as an Inuit, she rarely sees herself represented in characters in mainstream media, but there was Katara. An amazing, well-written, feminist girl who was just like her. Of course she had to cosplay her! (Honestly though, who DOESN’T love Katara??). So far she has the wig, and the “lenses”, so now she just needs the outfit and shoes.

I’ll be making her outfit sometime this week probably. It depends on whether or not I have the time. I’m traveling to Røros with the Uni folk dance group early Friday for the weekend.

I’m not a good hairstylist. Never have been. I’ll probably re-style this a thousand times more. But for now it works. I could have done any of Katara’s other hairstyles rather easily with this wig, and I still can restyle it to them, but I’ve always preferred her braided hairstyle.

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When I tell yall I am sooooo tired! I made all these products because for the first time I’ll be a vendor at the natural hair show!! Goal= sell out!🤑😘.
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Heard you were interested in making wigs out of yarn…

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Finally!  My new in-depth yarn wig tutorial is up! I hope this helps you all!

Sweet flowery dreams)
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Fandom: Sailor Moon
Characters: Princess Serenity 
Cosplayer: Likanda
Ph: Clover
Assistant (wigmaker): Sapphire

Wig ventilating with latch hooks

For cosplayers who are new to lace fronts, wig ventilating is a process in which individual strands of hair are hand-tied to lace that is located at the front of a wig (ie, a “lace front” wig), or for a very high quality wig, over the entire head.  This process is long and tedious, but there is simply nothing out there that looks more natural, particularly for wigs that are pulled back from the forehead.  Cosplay vendors such as Arda-Wigs and WigIsFashion now sell premade lace front wigs, but ventilating your own is still a useful technique if you need a special hairline shape or are starting with a traditional wig.

There are already several great ventilating tutorials out there, but most use your standard tool: a ventilating hook.  Hhhhammy used one of these to ventilate her Eridan wig, but when I went to ventilate my Fishwig entry for Iron Wig I had a major problem with it.  I kept dropping the hair off of the hook portion, or couldn’t angle it easily through the loop without losing the fiber.  It was working but I had a tight deadline and I was spending WAY too much time just trying to get the thing through the netting.

So I went to Sally’s Beauty and bought this for $3:

IT’S GREAT.  A latch hook or micro fusion hook is more commonly used to weave in extensions, but I am in love with it for ventilating.  Basically, if you are having trouble knotting your hair with a traditional needle, go get one of these and rejoice because it does literally half the work for you.  The steps are almost identical to how you would use a normal ventilating needle, but with the addition of your handy dandy latch:

  1. Open your hook and push it through one of your mesh holes like normal.  Push it all the way past the latch and grab 1-3 strands of hair with the hook.  This is one place where your standard ventilating hook wins out: it does not automatically pick up the right amount of fiber the way a ventilating hook does, so be careful.
  2. Pull your hook and newly-caught hair back through the hole.  The netting will push the latch closed and trap your hair, making it impossible to fall off no matter what angle you are holding the hook at!  Holy shit!
  3. Slip the hair backward past the latch, toward your hand.  This will re-open the latch.  Take your re-exposed hook and grab the tail of the fiber that you are still holding.
  4. Slip the hair at the base of the tool forward and off.  The hair will push the latch closed once again, trapping the tail fiber and making a knot for you!  You are done!  What a miracle of modern wigmaking!!

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I frigging love this thing, and feel like I ventilated so much faster because I didn’t have to sweat about the hair falling off or angling the tool correctly through the knot.  You really just poke and go, and let the latch do half the work for you.  Your mileage may vary: most people like the traditional ventilating tool, and some people even prefer using a normal needle.  But if you’re having trouble with the knotting process, give this a try!

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8 Letter Titles for Fancestors

ages ago i was toying with the idea of making a beforus ancestor/fantroll rpg, but nothing really came of it. still, i figured i’d share some of the potential titles i collected, so they can be put to good use :>

most of these are titles/occupations, but there’s a few adult names here and there to make combinations similar to ones we see in canon with characters like Neophyte Redglare- or at least to give you some ideas!

(this is another really good list btw)


Abductor
Activist
Advocate 
Agitator 
Alderman 
Altruist
Animator
Apostate
Arborist
Archduke
Armourer
Arsonist
Assassin
Assessor  
Attorney
Autocrat  
Awakened


Bachelor
Banished
Bargeman
Baritone
Barterer
Beguiler
Believer
Betrayer
Bighorns
Blackfin
Bluefins
Bluegill
Bohemian
Borrower


Calamity  
Cardinal
Chairman
Champion
Chaperon
Chaplain  
Chimaera
Clansman
Clawback
Collator
Comedian
Communer
Composer
Conjurer
Corporal
Countess
Creditor
Crusader


Database
Dauphine  
Debugger
Debutant
Deceiver
Deckhand
Deerskin
Defector
Defender  
Dehorned
Dehorner
Delegate
Deserter 
Designer
Diplomat
Director
Dogtooth
Drunkard


Educator
Emigrant
Employer
Enforcer
Engineer
Essayist
Ethereal
Examiner
Exorcist
Explorer


Faithful
Falconer
Fatalist 
Federate
Feminist
Ferryman
Fleabite
Follower
Foreseer
Forester
Forgiven
Forsaken
Freeform
Fugitive


Gangster
Gardener
Gatherer
Giantess
Goldeyes
Governor
Guardian
Gunsmith


Handyman
Harmonic
Hedonist
Henchman
Herdsman
Hiveless
Holiness
Honorary
Hooknose
Hotelier
Huntress
Huntsman
Hygienist


Idealist
Imitator 
Immortal
Inceptor
Infector 
Initiate
Investor 
Inventor


Jokester


Labourer
Ladybird
Landlady 
Landlord
Lastborn
Lawgiver
Lecturer 
Legalist
Linguist
Logician
Longhorn
Lyricist 


Magician
Mapmaker
Marauder
Marksman
Martyred
Masseuse
Mediator
Mellower
Merchant 
Milliner
Minister
Minstrel
Mirthful
Mistress
Muralist
Musician 
Mutineer


Nameless
Narrator 
Naturist
Naysayer 
Newcomer  
Nihilist 
Notifier  
Novelist  
Nurturer 


Obedient
Observer  
Oligarch
Operator
Opponent
Organist
Outcaste
Outsider
Overseer 


Pacifier
Partisan
Perfumer
Picaroon
Pillager
Polemist
Polyglot
Ponderer
Portress
Preacher 
Predator
Prisoner
Producer
Publican
Pugilist
Puissant
Punisher


Quaestor


Rampager
Ransomer
Ravenous
Ravisher
Recorder
Redeemer
Reformer
Reigning
Renegade
Reporter
Resident
Retainer
Reveller
Revenant
Reverend
Reverent
Romancer
Romantic


Saboteur
Satirist
Scalawag
Sculptor
Seafarer
Sentinel
Sergeant
Shepherd
Silencer
Skydiver
Smuggler
Songless
Sorcerer
Stowaway
Stranger
Strumpet
Stuntman
Surveyor
Survivor
Swindler
Sunderer


Tattooer
Taverner
Teamaker  
Theocrat
Theorist
Thespian
Threader
Ticktock  
Tigereye
Traducer
Traveler
Tutoress


Vagabond  
Vendetta  
Viridian  
Vocalist 


Waitress    
Wanderer
Watchman
Wayfarer
Wigmaker
Wildcard 
Woodsman
Wrangler
Wrestler

SWEENEY TODD
  • Prologue: just setting the Victorian patriarchal mood
  • No Place Like London: check ur privilege 
  • The Barber and His Wife: throwback thursday
  • The Worst Pies in London: in THIS economy… 
  • Poor Thing: she was asking for it
  • My Friends: some shit’s gonna go down
  • Green Finch and Linnet Bird: curse my feminist conscience
  • Ah Miss: I’ve been at sea for months and I need a wench
  • Johanna: nuclear ovaries disaster
  • Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir: Order now for only 19.99!
  • The Contest: the actor playing Pirelli needs to show off 
  • Judge’s Song: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins
  • Wait: keep calm and carry on
  • Kiss Me: more like frisk me
  • Ladies in their Sensitivities: shut the hell up beadle
  • Pretty Women: tits & ass, yes, tits & ass
  • Epiphany: hot dad temper tantrum
  • A Little Priest: Any pun you can do I can do better
  • Good That’s Good: i’ll do anything for money
  • Johanna Quartet: SO DRAMATIC
  • By the Sea: this could be us but you playin’
  • City on Fire: zombie apocalypse
  • Wigmaker Sequence: you men and your inability to differentiate between hair colors
  • Not While I’m Around: mrs. Lovett, textbook sociopath
  • Final Sequence: eat your heart out, Hamlet
  • Finale: we’re murderers; you’re murderers. Have a nice day!
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New episode of Wigs Untangled is now up on my Youtube channel :)

I think we’ve all had enough of the many amrev RPFs that describe guys as smelling like smoke and gunpowder and whatever other boring manly scent. So in an extension of that post about wigs and hair powder, I thought I’d write something brief about pomatum. At the Colonial Williamsburg wigmaker, @azulaludgate, @runawayforthesummer and I sniffed two different types of pomatum: one made from pig’s fat, the other from sheep’s. As has been pointed out, pomatum is heavily scented with things like jasmine, roses, nutmeg, clove oil, lemon, etc. 

From what I can recall, the sheep’s fat pomatum contained white wine, apples, and jasmine, among other things, and smelled pretty much like a really nice candle. The pig’s fat one had a warmer, spiced scent to it. I can’t say for certain what the combined smell of unwashed hair, pomatum, and powder would be like, but it’s worth bearing in mind that most people’s hair adjusts pretty quickly if they stop washing it with shampoo.

I know the popular wisdom is that people in the 18th-century reeked and used perfume to cover up their horrible odors, but as was explained in the original wigs post, pomatum served a purpose beyond masking one’s scent, so I wouldn’t go ahead and assume that everyone’s hair smelled terrible. The pomatum is also not an overwhelming scent, it’s relatively subdued. Also! Most of the descriptions of pomatum/pomade that you’ll find online will bring you to posts about women’s hair, but make no mistake: men were using this scented pomatum as well, though I’m not sure if the scents were ever gendered (somehow I doubt it).

tl;dr Writers of amrev RPF, especially writers of romantic stories (*cough*lams*cough*) might want to consider incorporating some of the more pleasant scents of the 18th-century into their writing, and admit to themselves that a lot of these guys just smelled like your grandma’s house.