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Tutorial: anatomical wig with defined hair line by scargeear Tutorial: anatomical wig with defined hair line by scargeear
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Making anatomical wig with defined hair line and custom wefts on glue for BJD dolls.

Для русскоязычных - туториал на моем дайре: scargeear.diary.ru/p178421693.…

Important note for those who are interested in wig commissions: please consider that the wigs made by this technology are labour-intensive and require making the wefts too so the prices start from $100. If you're not comfortable with the cost please do not request commissions.
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bakayaro-onna Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Wow! Great tutorial!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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my-immortals Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Just wanted to thank you for this tutorial!!! I did my wigs differently, because usually they are curly wigs, and making the wefts from curly hair is almost impossible. This straight style was wonderful to work with!
I used the tutorial, in part, to create my wig for my original, 1/4 scale (43cm overall doll height) Loki head sculpt on a Tonner body.
I use a different fabric for the cap.
It's a glue infused, craft gauze (Dip-N-Drape) that I cut into pieces and make a hard cap to glue the wefts onto:

My Immortals Loki Head Sculpt by my-immortals
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! The wig you made is great, and the sculpt itself is amazing!
Seconding what you said about the curly wigs, as I had a very hard time making this one: Baby Hiddles
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my-immortals Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! ... and thank you for all the faves!

Yes, Baby Hiddles hair is even curlier than my Jamie Fraser and Jon Snow! The hair just wants to curl up over into the glue, and since the urethane glue isn't an "instant grab" type like Fabri-Tac, the ends won't stay on the netting. That's why, up until now, I've been making very small, flat glue weft locks of curly hair (about 1.3 cm each) with the Fabri-Tac and glueing those to the cap. Very intensive and time consuming!!
I was thinking about this, and since the urethane glue is waterproof, maybe a boiled permanent AFTER making the wefts onto the netting?? Going to try it on one piece and see if the glue holds up. Will let you know!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, your art is gorgeous.
Yeah, exactly, I had to press the pre-boiled curls and to wait until the glue holds them up. Spent a ton of time in a respirator under the extractor hood. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to form the proper curls after the straight hair was glued to the cap, that's why.
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my-immortals Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well, I'll let you know where my experimentation takes me. BTW, does your urethane glue have bad fumes? If you are able to get Liquid Fusion through Amazon, it has no odor and is non-toxic... at least it says so!
Your work is an inspiration to me, so thank you so much again!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Will wait for your report then!
Is that Liquid Fusion waterproof? Looks so, but it's too expensive including shipping to my location. And it takes about 50-100 ml to make a sturdy SD wig that will last for years.
Thank you very much for your compliments!
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my-immortals Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yes, it's waterproof. Too bad you can't get it. You would need at least one bottle per head though!
The SD heads are SO much bigger than the Tonner sized heads. I only used about 1/4 of a bottle and I was being very generous with the product, but I guess I saved a lot of glue using the different wig cap which had its own glue in the fibers. By the time I finished glueing all the wefts onto the hard cap, the cap (not originally waterproof) was completely covered in the urethane.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, SD heads are much much bigger than those of Tonners. Great that the fabric has its own glue layer so you could save on glue!
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Besulalea Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SOOOOO cool!! Thank you for taking time to share and explain this!!! ^_^
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:
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AtomicZombiePhD Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you ever tired using modgepodge? Or would that hold not well enough?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry, never tried it, and I even need to ask Google to know what you're talking about.
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Ankoku-jin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I've been trying to figure out how to make a short wig with a defined hairline for some time, this is just perfect.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :hug:
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dixiekasilke Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. This will be very useful! :star:
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :la:
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loml4 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Hi i am trying to use this method on making a wig for myself and my clients, how would i do it for a human? The wig cap? I'm a beginner and i know how to make lace wigs, but i have been searching for a way to make a silk base wig/silk top wig, so that it will look more natural with freestyle parting. Please help me I've learned a lot just from the tutorials you made.
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scargeear Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh dear, I believe that a laced wig is still the best technology invented for humans! Human wig cap should not be hard, but soft and stretchable. I invented the method described in my tutorial especially for BJDs, because there are a lot of certain limitations and requirements. Human head has another limitations and requirements, that laced wig fulfills beautifully. Doll head is bald, but humans have their own hair that has to be concealed beneath a wig cap somehow, so it should be soft and stretchable. Head skin should breathe even under the wig, while the doll doesn't care. So tutorials on YouTube on making a laced wigs is your clue to success.

The irony is I still ended up with lacing, adapting it for a dollie usage to my best ability: th04.deviantart.net/fs71/200H/…
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loml4 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Hi i am trying to use this method on making a wig for myself and my clients, how would i do it for a human? I'm a beginner and i know how to make lace wigs, but i have been searching for a way to make a silk base wig/silk top wig, so that it will look more natural with freestyle parting. Please help me I've learned a lot just from the tutorials you made.
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Zardi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Great tutorial! I've made a glued wig before, but I didn't make the wefts like you do, and they shed like crazy. I've got to try this method!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! The wefts by my technology are very strong, that's why I use it for a super long wigs that need regular brushing :la:
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BeetleJuiceBeetleWut Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
THANK YOU!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug::hug::hug:
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ParanoiaPenguin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you have the time, could you perhaps make a quick description or diagram of the weft layout (like in part 3 above) for other hair styles? The ones i'm curious about are the center part, like here scargeear.deviantart.com/art/S… and how to finish the center whorl of a wig where the wefts are laid out in a spiral.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, Simon wig layout is rather obvious. I made a similar wig, please look at these photos:
scargeear.diary.ru/p78165067.h…
The parting on Simon's wig is rather tricky, after the two last wefts were glued close to each onther I sewed them from the back side:
scargeear.diary.ru/p66976882.h…

But it was a long ago. The best results would be if you pull the small patches of hair from the back side one by one and fix them with glue on the back side. The same is for finishing the top of the head on a spiral wig.
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Unpredictabloo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial! I made my first doll wig today and it helped quite a lot... it turned out a little clumsy but I'll keep trying :D I always love your work, you're so talented.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! I'm really happy you made your first wig with the help of my tutorial, and it's so important to start! I believe you'll master your wigmaking skill soon!
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bayni Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you tell me about the doll, where did you get him? Sculpt?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
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bayni Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!!! you are very talented. Keep up the great work!!!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug::love:
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Grand-Parasite Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looooki~! this is awesome~ *A* i'll try this~
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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RegisteredTrademark Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you ever tried to make sideburns on a thin layer of silicone with a rooting technique like it's used with reborn dolls?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Never. Let me explain you why.
Silicone technique with rooting is used on vinyl (soft matherial that allows making holes in it) or on people, and makeup specialists cover the edges of silicone application with makeup in that case.
Polyurethane resin is a totally another story. Drilling the holes damages the material permanently. Human makeup stains the resin with grease and ruins it permanently. All the applications should be 100% removable. It's very hard to match the silicone base with rooted hair to the resin look, texture and color.

Maybe someone will reach the desired match someday, but not me. I just don't have time and money to invest into the experiments that don't quarantee any success.
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RegisteredTrademark Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the explanation. I thought it might be possible, and I think painted beards look like crap. I love your mice, by the way. You are such a skilled artist.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
Your question raised a discussion in my blog, and we couldn't find a solution for making a durable silicone-based wigs. Though we found more flaws in that technology than I listed here :lol:
But maybe it would be possible - someday, with a new hi-tech materials.
Thanks a lot for the compliments!
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RegisteredTrademark Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry for double-answering, I hate that you can't edit comments. The sideburn idea was something like making a fine layer of silicone, "rooting" the hair in and adding another fine layer. Since the hair would have to be quite short it wouldn't matter if it wasn't that steady.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nooooo, the main issue that the silicone wig should be removable! Silicone doesn't harm the resin, but it doesn't stick to it either. I can control the shape of the stiff wig cap, but I can do nothing to a flexible silicone.
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RegisteredTrademark Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought about making wig caps from elastic bandages in skintone (I've done that for wefts, works great), pulling fine strands of hair throug with a superfine crochet hook and hotglue it. And seal and fixate the strands from the inside with silicone "super clear", because it's flexible, water resistant and works like glue. But maybe I just think too much ;) Haven't tried that part yet because I wasn't sure what the silicone stuff does to resin.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually some of the doll makers already use a similar technologies for their one of a kind dolls, but one thing is to root the wig hair by hair for 3" head and totally another one to do this for SD size doll (about 9-10" circumference. It's a very time consuming task, and the precision could be much more great than for the human wigs, because every mistake looks huge on the macro photos.
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nikki-nekochan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh! i love this!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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SakuraSadameWingz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this! ^^
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scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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SakuraSadameWingz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Out of curiosity, what would you do if you wanted to add fringe to the doll's wig?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do you mean the wig without fringe, and that should be added? No way in many cases, it's easier to make a new wig where the fringe is planned from the start.
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