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Making lace realistic wig for BJD by scargeear Making lace realistic wig for BJD by scargeear
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Proudly presenting my last tutorial with most labour-intensive and the most realistic BJD wig.
My previous wig tutorial is here: Tutorial: anatomical wig with defined hair line

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my-immortals also says: "In America, (as a replacement for the Moment Crystal), Gorilla Glue and Liquid Fusion are clear urethane glues that are available."

Important note for those who are interested in wig commissions: please consider that the wigs made by this technology are labour-intensive so the prices start from $500. If you're not comfortable with the cost please do not request commissions.
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:iconrosarosi:
rosarosi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial, and amazing work!

I'm curious if you think Alpaca Suri hair would work for this type of wig? I really like how it looks on dolls and I want to try making a lace wig. Or would it be better for me to get some kind of synthetic fiber instead? If so, what type of fiber would you recommend?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!
If it's long enough and strong enough to withstand pulling through the wig cap - why not? I never worked with Alpaca Suri so I can't guarantee anything.
I use mostly Saran or Kanekalon. Nylon is also OK.
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Gwethanadolwen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know I needed this, but I do. Beautiful work and a very instructive tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing your methods with us.
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:iconscargeear:
scargeear Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Hope to see your wig someday! Please feel free to post a link to your work!
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:iconbakayaro-onna:
bakayaro-onna Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Incredible!
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:iconscargeear:
scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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ilona-lightpainting Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful! This is exactly what I've been searching for! Thank you so much!!!!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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Zigadooz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
What size head is the BJD in the example photos? I would love to try this on my first BJD, but she has a 16.5cm head and I'm not sure it would look as natural on a little head, what do you think?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
The head is 19.5 cm in circumference, so please don't be afraid, this technology would look pretty the same on MSD dolls too!
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:iconcerrenyra:
Cerrenyra Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to try this, but I'm not a patient person...
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha))
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:iconkattriella:
Kattriella Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really want to try this. I can never find a wig that's exactly what I want for one of my dolls, and though it will take quite a while, this might be the way to go.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great! Wish you luck!
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thepetitedollworld Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Hello Scargeear, this tutorial is impressive well done and very helpful... I have two questions.

1. I bought a bunch of hair wefts some are synthetic and some are human hair... can I use then to make this type of wigs?

2. When  this type of wig is done... who this one stays in the dolls head?  this one will fall out easy?


Thank you
George
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scargeear Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, George!
Answers:
1. I recommend synthetic wefts, as human hair is mostly too thick and resilient for a dollie wigs. But you may try))
2. When the wig cap is made as it shown in my other tutorial it fits the head very precisely and stays on its own. As BJD wigs have to be removable that's usually enough. Some owners use 2-side sticky tape, or a thin velcro, though in this case you need to add it before making the wig cap, otherwise the wig won't fit.
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4eburawka Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015
This is an amazing tutorial, something that I was thinking about for a long time to do myself, but couldn't figure out how to do the edge and if I can do it on smaller head like Monster High doll. I definitely need to try.

Спасибо за туториал! Отличная техника для настоящих кукломанов :).
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scargeear Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I know people adapted this tutorial for 1/4 dolls, so it's most likely possible for MH too :hug:
Благодарю :love:
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coconut-eater Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
is it possible to use VOILE instead of TULLE or is voile to small and a pain in the ass.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Maybe, maybe not. It highly depends on the quality of the fabric (thickness, number of threads per inch, etc.). Tulles are different, voiles are different either. Most likely you need to try by yourself and to find out the best fabric for your doll head cap.
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munsikka Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist
i love this tutorial~ thanks for sharing this)) i have a question though. i'm gonna do this, but i want little 'thinner' hair. would it still look look if i used two hairs instead of three?
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:iconmunsikka:
munsikka Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist
okay, thank you!)) and sorry for bothering you, but what do you use to do the hairstyles? i mean, what do you use to keep them in place?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! Yes, you can use patches of only two or even a single hair, it just may take more work. You'll see the thickness by yourself after rooting several square centimeters :hug:
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:iconbesulalea:
Besulalea Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OH WOW!!! AMAZING!!! Thank you for taking the time to share this! :D
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:
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Hirada-san Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing :la: choir 
Do you by any chance happen to have tutorials for creating glass eyes for BJD as well?kaomoji set 1 3/19 
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
Sorry, I don't work with glass, as it requires a lot of special equipment.
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:iconhirada-san:
Hirada-san Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome Huggle! 
And yeah it can be pretty tricky to deal with. Thank you anyhow! Keep up the good work! Bunny Emoji-17 (Hurray Cute) [V1] 
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spuggey Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is amazing! ^_^
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:iconscargeear:
scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :love:
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:iconwooliebears:
WoolieBears Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How much of the saran fiber should I order for an SD size head?
This tutorial is amazing, by the way!! Heart 
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scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Natalie's wig took about 60-70 grams, or 2 packs like this: io.ua/25302369m.jpg
Thank you, by the way)))
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:iconwooliebears:
WoolieBears Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's so confusing how to order the hair haha! 
How many hours/days total was it to complete? 
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scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
3 weeks total, it took a crazy amount of work I must say.
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AtomicZombiePhD Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an excellent tutorial! I'm so glad I've found it. I've been having a heck of a time finding a wig maker for my very tiny girl- I think I'll just do one myself! I see quite a bit, so I've got most of these items on hand. ( except hair..) <3
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scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :hug:
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:iconlawrichai:
Lawrichai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
That is THE BEST wig tutorial I've seen :D
Thank you <3

It's exactly what I needed 
=^.^=
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:iconscargeear:
scargeear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :love: I'm happy you like it! :la:
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:iconkaterlin:
katerlin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
i just love the hair styles. they are so beautiful and elaborate. 
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:iconscargeear:
scargeear Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :la:
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:iconkaterlin:
katerlin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I wish I could do that with my hair
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:iconscargeear:
scargeear Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me too, but my hair is rather weak so I do things to my dolls))
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:iconkaterlin:
katerlin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
I have thick curly hair, but it is not long enough yet, and I would need help.
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:iconscargeear:
scargeear Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hope you'll grow your gorgeous hair long and do many intricate hairdos!
Yes, this stuff needs someone else to do the braiding.
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:iconkaterlin:
katerlin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Thank you. I will get some extension to do the hard braiding part 
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, that will be awesome!
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Stoofpot Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist
This looks awesome! I'm gonna try this, where do you buy your hair?
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scargeear Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
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HenriLeveque Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Thank you for both of your wig making tutorials. They have inspired me to attempt to make one of my own. I do have a question regarding the glue to use. Does it need to be a polyurethane glue? I'm having a little trouble finding one and the ones I have found are somewhat like the colour of honey. I don't know if they dry clear or remain that colour. I couldn't tell from the photos on the tutorials whether the colour of the wig cap was the result of the colour of the tulle or the colour of the glue (or both). So do you think it would be okay to use one of the honey coloured glues or could I use something like a PVA glue that I've seen mentioned in other (significantly less impressive) tutorials? Or perhaps even create a silicone wig cap? Also, should the finished wig cap be hard or flexible? I assume flexible since I would have to get a beading needle to penetrate it, but I know it's going to take a long time to make so I want to make sure the wig cap is as good as it can be before I spend hours and hours threading hairs through it.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!
Look, if you really can't find the clear polyurethane glue you may ask for a glue intended for leather, maybe this will help...
I buy beige tulle intentionally so it matches the head skintone, and the glue tint doesn't affect it. If there is no option to find a clear glue just use whatever you have, but it might be visible on the blonde hair.
I don't like PVA because it's not water-resistant, and also it leaves a white residue on the hair and the wigcap over time, so it's better to use a yellowish polyurethane glue, imho.
The wigcaps I make are flexible, but not stretchy, I use about 4 layers of a thin tulle. The more tulle layers - the stiffer the wigcap gets, the thicker your tulle - the stiffer it gets. Actually it's not that crucial to make the wigcap stiff or flexible, just don't make it too thin.
If something is unclear please ask more. I see that you've studied the tutorial thoroughly, and your questions are well thought out.
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