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Opening up Commissions again-

As of right now I am project-free. I’m looking to get more in my portfolio and a bit of money as I enter a new college semester.

Facebook.com/fastmelodicwigs

Please provide:

Character/Series
Reference Photos
Budget
Location
Deadline

Please keep in mind that you will be paying for base wig+supplies+labor fees+shipping when asking for a quote.

Depending on complexity of wig, I’m looking to open 2-3 spots per month. At least a month will be needed to make wig. Larger scale projects will require more time. If needed sooner, a rush few + rush shipping will be charged.

Twitter: fastmelodicwigs IG: sovereignflaw

anonymous asked:

If I buy a whit wig, can I dye it? Or can you only dye hair locks?

Yes you can, but it will depend on the type of wig you purchase. Synthetic wigs such as you get from leekeworld can be dyed with ink and isopropol alcohol, Rit dyemore for synthetics or idye poly. Faux fur (usually synthetic fiber) can be dyed in a similar way but also by “painting” acrylic paint onto the fur then brushing the fur out so it is not clumpy and hard. Mohair, and all other natural hairs like alpaca can be dyed with any of the above methods and with most human hair dye.

It may take some experimentation to get the exact color you want, as a lot of the color can wash out regardless of the method.

Here is a video on dyeing alpaca fiber. And here is an article on dying synthetic fiber with Rit dye.

-Admin Blue

How to take a level in wigworking: six starting tips

Wigworking is weird!  It’s intimidating to a lot of people, and one of the last skills that some cosplayers learn, even after tough things like patterning and armormaking.  I have friends who will turn away from cosplays because the wig looks too challenging, or they have no clue how to tackle it.  It’s really interesting thing to see now that I’ve been tapped as the new “wig person” in our cosplay group, which happened after coming in second place in Iron Wig 2015:

Here’s a secret though: a year ago I was really not that great with wigs.

The truth is, learning how to work with wigs is really no different than learning how to work with fabric or props or armor.  It’s intimidating at first but something everyone can learn if you’re willing to put in the time and make a few mistakes!  Here are six of my suggestions for where to start:

1) Do your research.  In my opinion this is FAR AND AWAY the most important step in any attempt to improve your cosplay.  And no, doing your research does not mean asking a friend how they made something before calling it a day.  Read a tutorial!  Watch a video!  Read multiple tutorials because lots of folks have different ideas for how to make the same thing, and one may just click better with you.  For instance, there are lots of ways to cover foam with hair.  You should consider the pros/cons of each method, and then make your own game plan.  If plan A doesn’t work for you, try plan B.

In 2014 I had no idea how to splice a wig, ventilate, make spikes, make a glued hairline, use foam cleanly, or dye with anything other than a sharpie.  I did all of this stuff in Iron Wig, but only because I watched a ludicrous amount of tutorials beforehand to learn how.  There are tutorials out there for just about everything, so don’t be afraid to look for them!  Here’s a few big lists that I’ve come across: 

2) Take the time to experiment.  You’ve watched your tutorials and are feeling pretty confident - but before you chop up your perfect character wig, make sure you test your theory out on a scrap wig if possible, especially if you are cutting or using glue.  Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that you miscalculated and have fudged your wig, so try to keep old damaged wigs around for occasions like this.

3) Go slow.  This is absurdly important and something I have a hard time with.  If you are using foam or gluing, you really need to take your time, especially if you are learning.  Gluing and laying fiber is unforgiving unless you are working exclusively with got2b or hairspray - once that hair is glued down it is stuck forever.  It might take you three hours to glue hair over that one strip of foam, but it will look beautiful in the end.  Save the breakneck speed for after you have the technique down.

4) Make sure you have enough hair.  This is something I did not realize at first, and I am very careful about it now.  An easy to make your work cleaner and cut down on flyaways is to make sure that ALL of your fiber reaches to the end of your spike or structure.  Imagine that you are laying a spike over a cone of foam.  Now imagine that most of the hair reaches to the cone tip, but some of that hair is layered and not quite long enough - some of the fiber only reaches 3/4th of the way up the cone .  Because you can’t secure that shorter hair to the cone tip, it could pop loose as flyaways.  It’s possible to glue every flyaway down, but this becomes harder the more complicated your shape is.  Similarly, if are spending a lot of time trying to conserve hair because you may not have enough, your project is going to be tougher and potentially messier than it needs to be.  Always make sure you are buying a long enough wig, or that your wefting fiber’s shortest layer is long enough for your project.

5) Invest in supplies.  You need a blowdryer!  You need little scissors!  You need a wighead!  Go get them!  Just like you wouldn’t try to sew without straightpins, you shouldn’t expect to have a great time making a wig without the proper tools.  Technically I’m sure you could manage, but a lot of this guide is about making your life easy so that you finish up with a good product that didn’t make you want to pull your real hair out.  I would recommend purchasing all of the above, plus got2b, tacky glue, a hot glue gun, clips (duckbills are awesome), and a straight iron if you can manage it.

6) Don’t be afraid to try new projects!  I really think that hesitation is what stops a lot of cosplayers from advancing their wig skills.  Wigs aren’t cheap - a $40 mistake is an awful lot to stomach.  Plus, with so many pre-made styles now, most characters aren’t going to require a really over the top wig so there’s not a ton of opportunities to go big and flex your wigmaking muscles.  But if that character with the huge hair does pique your interest, don’t be afraid to take it on.  If you give yourself enough time and do your research, you may surprise yourself with just what you can learn to make.  Remember, your skills won’t advance until you’re willing to actually try to make something!

NEW AND IMPROVED Cosplay supply resource masterlist!

This list has come A LONG WAY since the last one! Here’s the current list.

YOU CAN FIND THE MOST UP-TO-DATE VERSION ON MY FACEBOOK HERE—> https://www.facebook.com/notes/cheebescake-cosplay/new-improved-cosplay-supply-masterlist/1689261574663144

I encourage you to try and check that, since I can’t update the reblogged versions. I’m always adding to this list!

Here we goooo

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Looking for wigs, contacts, thermoplastics, or any other supplies? Maybe some tutorials? Here’s a good place to start!

**** Know a great place to find wigs and supplies that’s not listed here? Let me know! That’s the best way to keep this growing! ****

I hope you’ll find this useful!


WIGS

Arda- http://arda-wigs.com/

Dolluxe- http://www.dolluxe.com/ (also http://www.gothiclolitawigs.com/ )

Tasty Peach Studios- http://tastypeachstudios.com/

Lockshop- http://lockshopwigs.com

Wig is Fashion- http://www.wigisfashion.com/

Epic Cosplay- https://www.epiccosplay.com/

Amphigory- http://www.amphigory.com/

Cosworx - http://shop.cosplay.com/wigs.html

Uniqso- http://www.uniqso.com/wig

AliExpress- http://tinyurl.com/o976yzg

Harajuku in Wonderland- http://harajukuinwonderland.bigcartel.com/category/wigs

The Five Wits- http://www.thefivewitswigs.com/

Match Wigs- http://matchwigs.com/

Purple Plum- http://www.purple-plum.com/

Cosplay Buzz- http://www.cosplaybuzz.com/Bonanza- http://tinyurl.com/ptaagov

Airily- http://airily.jp/ Japanese Cosplay wig site. I hear they’re the softest wigs you’ll ever touch.Classe- http://classewig.com/ Another Japanese wig site


Contacts/ Circle Lenses

Pinky Paradise- http://www.pinkyparadise.com/

Eye Candy- http://www.eyecandys.com/

Honey Color- http://www.honeycolor.com/

FX Eyes- http://www.fxeyes.com

Alice & Rabbit- http://www.aliceandrabbitshop.com/apps/webstore/

Vision Direct- http://www.visiondirect.com/theatricaleffects/qxc10898


Thermoplastics

http://www.cosplaysupplies.com/store.php?s=JK6K

Embellish FX, in Orlando. http://www.embellishfx.com/

This is one of only two places in Florida where you can purchase worbla (which is great if you need it quick!) 2628 Edgewater Drive –  Orlando, FL,  32804; (407) 251-7110


Plastics (NOT thermoplastics), casting, and molding

http://www.dreamtimecreations.com/

Includes fiberglass, casting materials- http://www.firemountaingems.com/

Foams, casting supplies, adhesives- http://www.reynoldsam.com


Fabric (online)

https://www.fabric.com/

http://spandexworld.com/http://www.spandexhouse.com/

http://www.girlcharlee.com/

http://thefabricfairy.com/

http://www.distinctivefabric.com/

http://warehousefabricsinc.com/

http://denverfabrics.com or http://fashionfabricsclub.com

http://hancockfabrics.com/

http://www.moodfabrics.com/

https://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/

https://www.minervacrafts.com/ (also carries patterns)

http://www.farmhousefabrics.com/ ***Vintage laces, too!***

http://www.theatrehouse.com/ (also has hat bases!)

http://www.joann.com/fabric/

http://www.mjtrends.com/

http://www.trimfabric.com/

Custom printed fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/

Specialty fabric dye: http://www.dharmatrading.com/


Leather and leatherworking tools

http://www.tandyleather.com/en/

http://springfieldleather.com

Jewelry Findings, patterns, and notions

Jewelry findings: http://www.sunandmooncraftkits.com/

Boning: http://www.corsetmaking.com/

Sequins: http://www.ccartwright.com/

Vintage sewing patterns: http://www.lanetzliving.net/search

Cultural clothing patterns (all accurate except for the yukata pattern): http://www.folkwear.com/

Gems, studs, spikes, etc: https://allstarco.com/en/

Crystal Rhinestones: http://tinyurl.com/phudfy4   Rhinestones: https://www.rhinestoneshop.com/

Gems, beading: http://www.dreamtimecreations.com/

Gems, beading: http://www.firemountaingems.com/


Gloves, Leggings, Tights

http://www.welovecolors.com/ (They’re based in Miami, so you get them super quick!)


Special FX (besides contacts)

Fangs: http://www.vampfangs.com/

Prosthetics n such: http://www.easleys.com

Silicone: http://www.reynoldsam.com (great for dragon scales, fake blood, etc. Check their application section!)

Ears: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadhouseFXstudio

Ears, fangs, horns, etc: http://www.aradanicostumes.com


Websites for traditional and (most importantly) accurate kimono + accessories:

http://www.ichiroya.com/ Good quality, shipping, choice, customer service + traditional fabrics

http://www.kimono-asobi.net/ Nice range of modern designs for kimono, obi and accessories

 http://www.kimonoya-japan.net/ Ability to choose by price + SALES

http://www.yamatoku.jp/classic/top.asp Sells in bulk occasionally

http://www.ikuokaya.com/ Sells accurate geisha/maiko kanzashi, uchiwa (summer fans), washi paper namecards, kinchaku (traditional bamboo bags), souvenirs, dance fans, maiko + geisha accessories (though they’re not completely accurate - obidome, obiage, etc), combs for katsura + nihongami and tenugui (dance cloths)

http://www.net-shinei.co.jp/com/  Good  range of accessories + kimono, but the descriptions are lacking at   don’t detail stains or blemishes for kimono, and the shipping can be   stupid ***Special thanks to @spaghetti-machete for  this whole traditional Japanese accessory section!***


Fur

www.Mendels.com

www.fursuitsupplies.com

http://www.nftech.com/products.html (very  expensive fur, but they   will give you free samples to look at. You   also have to call in to ask   for swatches or order)


For animal  blanks & resin blanks (for animal-based cosplays)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreamVisionCreations


Hat Bases

http://www.theatrehouse.com/


LED kits, “breadboads”, EL wire, etc:

https://www.adafruit.com/

Props (3D printer required):

https://www.myminifactory.com/


Everything:

https://www.etsy.com/

A lot of people don’t know this, but Etsy actually sells everything else you may need!  Wigs, fabric, jewelry findings, you name it! Check out   their craft  supply section!Ebay and Amazon, of course! Don’t count them out!


Helpful links:

http://blog.thelaundress.com/wordpress/the-laundress-fabric-glossary/ - Fabric type glossary

thistothat.com , for figuring out what type of glues to use.

http://hollitaima.deviantart.com/gallery/52481049/Pattern-Drafts-and-Design-Drafts , character specific pattern design drafts


Tutorial compilations and tips

http://www.cosplaytutorial.com/

http://cosplayblog.mccall.com/

http://fuckyeahcosplayhelp.tumblr.com/

http://cosplay.com/

http://youcancosplay21.tumblr.com/post/124877299350/semi-complete-list-of-tutorials-tricks

https://www.youtube.com/user/evilted40/videos (Evil Ted Smith. Lots of foam and patterning tutorials!)


Incredible cosplayers and prop builders who regularly post tips and how to’s that you should be following:

Kamui Cosplay- https://www.facebook.com/KamuiCos

God Save the Queen Fashions- https://www.facebook.com/gstqfashions (who seriously needs to release a book)

Volpin Props- https://www.facebook.com/VolpinProps

Punished Props- https://www.facebook.com/punishedprops


Special notes:

* While there are places on this list that I  have shopped, I picked up a lot of these from other people. I have NOT  shopped at every one of these.

* I originally made this for a local cosplay group (Treasure Coast Cosplayers: https://www.facebook.com/tccosplayers ), which is why some notes are Florida specific.

* Special tips via @renfamous

Be  careful with some of these places when it comes to online  payments.   Make sure you’re buying from places that use reputable payment  vendors like PayPal or Google wallet, or at the very least don’t enter  your   card number into anything unless the transaction page url starts  with   an https.

Also everyone please please please do not use your debit card for your first ever purchase from some Romanian cosplay shop that opened three weeks ago.   Use your debit card to buy a Visa gift card at a drug store or ask   your  parents if you can use their credit card and give them cash on the   spot.

Credit cards give you many more options if the vendor   doesn’t deliver or ships you some busted ass dead possum wig from   Taipei. Not saying the above listed places are necessarily bad, but   these are still good tips for making safe foreign purchases online.

Special thanks to everyone who helped put this list together!

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These photos are from about 3 weeks ago.

I kept thinking things like “I’ll wait ‘till the New Year to post them” or “I’ll make a video with these photos instead,” but all these thoughts were just deterring me from posting them.  

I like to post photos of myself without a wig on my blog at least once a year or so.  It’s important to me to make myself visible to others with alopecia that might feel alone, and also important in helping me remember I don’t have to hide it or treat it like a secret.  (It’s a little scarier with my rebooted blog because this is a more public blog, and I know that more people I actually know may see it, not just online strangers!)

I don’t ever go out without a wig on, and there are only a handful of people that I feel comfortable to take my wig off in front of.  But my goal is to get past that.  I miss the carefree feeling of being able to take off my wig to go swimming without thinking about how others might be viewing me.  I’m not proud that I’m so afraid to take off my wig to go swimming, even with only my closest friends around.  

Having alopecia doesn’t define me.  I used to be afraid that opening up about alopecia would cause people to see me as “the girl with alopecia” or “that girl that wears wigs,” but now I know that I am so much more than my appearance.  I’m so proud of how far I’ve come in speaking about alopecia, but now it’s time to take the final leap forward– starting to build my confidence without the protection of a wig.

Don’t get me wrong, I love wigs, changing up my wigs, playing with different hairstyles, and I’m so proud that I can finally change wigs regularly without putting myself on the brink of an anxiety attack when people ask me questions about it.  Sure, some of that anxiety still comes back now and then, but it’s not debilitating anymore, and it gets easier each time I face it.  But sometimes I fear that I use the wig as a crutch.  I’m stronger than that.  It’ll take time, but I’m constantly working towards improving my confidence, bit by bit.  How do I expect to encourage others to be alopecia-body-positive if I’m not even 100% there myself?  If I want to have any chance of inspiring others with alopecia to love themselves, I gotta start with myself.

(..I keep getting nervous to post this, thinking, “what if no one even likes it” but then I’m like yo who cares this is something I gotta do for me, the point is not to care how others react, isn’t it? ^-^)

So about my hair...

I get a lot of compliments and questions about my hair, i.e. “what products do you use…” “how long did it take to grow out…” “are you completely natural…” “your hair is slayeddddd…” etc. So I thought I’d finally let you guys in on a little secret…

This hair right here…

Its a weave. 

Thats right.

This is weave.

I decided to make this post because there are a lot of beautiful natural girls on this website who have inboxed me asking about how I care for and grow out my hair, and to be honest, I don’t like being deceiving. Especially to people who are so giving in their compliments and generally interested in natural hair. I also wanted to help make fellow natural hair girls aware of this company in particular because they are able to customize textures in order to match your own hair. This can come in handy for women (or men) who have just big chopped but are looking to have a protective style that can still match their desired aesthetic. When I decided to go natural, I really wanted to stick to this particular look of big, curly hair while growing out my own. So I did some research on hair, had some other trial and error with different hair companies, and ultimately came across Boho Exotic Studio hair company which I absolutely love and adore. 

This hair is 1 ½ bundles of the Jamaican Envy Curl texture in 14 and 16 inches. I purchased it in August of 2014, and here it is over a year later still working its magic and slaying life. It is definitely one of the best investments I’ve made in terms of hair because of the longevity of the hair and the versatility in textures that are offered by this company. I’ve had about 4 different installs with this same hair for 2-3 months time period each install and have yet to have any complaints about it. On top of that, they have a referral program that allows you to make a commission off of family or friends that may purchase from them.

If you are interested in seeing more about where I get this hair from, you can check out their website by clicking here and signing up for an account so you can receive newsletters with discounts and upcoming sales. By signing up through that link you’ll also be helping me out with the referral program, because I am trying to order some more bundles like… tomorrow lol. Feel free to hit up my ask box if you have any questions or want to know more about the hair, or my natural hair journey and I am more than happy to answer.

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We’ve gotten a ton of questions about how I made Cjgren‘s giant Rose Quartz wig, so in this post I’ll be going over all of my steps in detail!  There’s a lot of things I like about this wig but also a few steps that I’d do differently if I had to make it again.  I’ll try to touch on all of those to help out any future Rose cosplayers who want to make their own behemoth wigs!

Materials needed:

  • Four 40" long pink wigs
  • Styrofoam block
  • Pink felt
  • 14 or 16 gauge wire
  • Drill curl material such as heavy fusible interfacing or packing tape
  • Curlers and/or curling iron
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Tacky glue and/or tacky spray
  • Got2B and/or hairspray
  • Needle and thread
  • Toupee clips and hairpins

Click the below cut to get started!

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13th month [ September 2015 ]

Hello everyone! I will be holding monthly giveaways for a $30 voucher at MatchWigs. They have many different types of wigs and a large selection of colors and lengths. Much of their inventory is under $30 so you will have a large selection to choose from. The winner will be announced publicly and they will receive a special code to use on the site. Alright let’s start with the basic rules^^

Rules:

  • Must be following me (momo-tea) & Matchwigs
  • Reblog once
  • NO LIKES PLEASE, they do not count
  • Must reach 2000 unique notes in order to be held
  • No giveaway/side/inactive blogs

Prize:

  • $30 voucher to spend at MatchWigs
  • To earn an additional $5 if you win, include the contest banner onto your blog
  • Free international shipping

Dates:

  • Starts: September 13th
  • Ends: October 13th

The winner must respond within 24 hours or I choose a new winner. Please do not unfollow after the giveaway, this will lead to banning of participation to future giveaways. The banner must be on prior to choosing the winner, if the winner has the banner somewhere on their blog, then they get the extra $5, not after the notification. Don’t fret over not winning, these will be monthly if they are successful, so please support and join the giveaways! That’s it for now, if you have any questions feel free to message me!

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I made a little tutorial on how I pin my wigs on! This is what I use for underwater pictures and for any really heavy wigs. It’s also the method I used at Disney World to keep kids from pulling my wigs off my head.

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I’m gonna show you all of the amazing natural looking wigs I recently bought. I’ve never been into wigs and never wanted to wear one because the thought of someone accidentally pulling it off made me cringe. I also thought they looked fake and too perfect. Until I damaged the crap out of my hair and started looking for protective styling to get it back to good health. I’ve always worn clip ins but they ripped my hair out from the root. I did weaves but my scalp hated them and they were too itchy. So, i went to the best place to go and do research….Google & Youtube! I started looking up wigs but synthetic ones because I was not about to spend 300 dollars on a wig and I end up hating it. So, I decided to start with synthetic ones but I was afraid they would look so obvious and fake. Little did I know that wasn’t the case at all!! No lie, I think I’ll be wearing wigs forever! They’re low maintenance, great protective styling, cuts down time on getting ready and I get to try and color, texture and length I want without damaging my hair! Yesssssssss I’m about that wig life now!!!

I got these wigs from elevatestyles.com. I also just discovered more sites like wigtypes.com and hairtobeauty.com I’ll link the direct link to the wigs in a few!