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TristenCitrine
09-24-2007, 01:46 PM
Hey everyone!

There's a new tutorial up on how to do those crazy antenna bangs you see on so many characters:

http://www.tristencitrine.com/tutorials/antennabangs.html

Also, if you are looking at the Ivy wig at CosWorx, this tutorial covers just a few of the cool things you can do with it. I am so in love with this new wig, you do not even know! One of the brand new colors is shown, too! (Violet/grey)

I hope everyone finds the technique useful in their cosplay creations :) Sorry it's taken so long to get another tutorial up- things have been quite busy for us here at CosWorx!

Please check it out and enjoy!

Varnani
09-24-2007, 10:06 PM
Ohh, the violet/gray color is beautiful! :D

LadyHawke78
09-25-2007, 12:27 PM
I think I love you, TC!! :D
Your tutorials are very detailed and make every step clear as day.

FWIW, do you find steamers to be a universally helpful setting tool for 'gravity defying' parts of wigs? I just ordered a Wisp wig from Cosworx, and I want to trim and style the bangs on it in a split anime style (not too different than the Venus wig in your bangs tutorial.) I have never 'defied gravity' with anything other than my own hair. Been thinking about getting a portable steamer for steaming costumes as cons anyway... so any other steam-styling tips would be greatly appreciated. ;)

TristenCitrine
09-25-2007, 05:23 PM
Yes, steamers are one of those really important things to have on hand when it comes to styling wigs and it's a nice bonus that they do double duty in keeping clothes wrinkle free!

Basically, a steamer is a way to safely apply the power of heat to wigs in styling. When applied in bursts at the root, you can aid the process in getting those gravity defying styles. Steam can do a lot, but not everything, though. You will have to use some type of styling product in addition to get the results to hold long term. I like Rave #4 for wigs because you can brush it out if you need to, but for things I know are going to be set forever, I usually go for the Jewel-it or Elmer's glue diluted 1:3 or 1:4 in water applied with a spray bottle.

If you are doing long spikes or something really, really high, you may want to rat the hair slightly at the base and build up from there.

The wisp wig is really fun, you're gonna love working with it! What are you using it for, by chance?

chisainekocat
09-25-2007, 05:58 PM
Thank you for the tutorial! While I don't need to make antenna bangs anytime soon, I found the tip about the steam iron and yaki hair very useful, along with the razor comb idea, which looks much safer than the extractor knife razors I've seen some people use >_>;. I have a couple of questions:

1) After the Jewel-It is dry, how does the hair feel and look? Is there a clear crust or film on it or does it look like nothing ever happened to it?
2) Where in the world did you get a wig head with that long neck?
3) Out of curiousity, what character is that wig for?

LadyHawke78
09-26-2007, 08:03 AM
The wisp wig is really fun, you're gonna love working with it! What are you using it for, by chance?

Lady Subaru from .hack//SIGN. (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v239/beaviskitty/cosplay/?action=view&current=pinksubarucollage.jpg) I've had these costumes for years, but have not worn them lately because my wig has failed. (I absolutely adore the fact that Cosworx is now selling teal wigs. You have no idea. BTW The sleeves in that picture fail too because I used crap interfacing. So ignore the fail, plz. Must re-do. I used better stuff on the blue version.)

Steam should work for her bangs, and I like the idea of diluted Jewel-it for her little side-curls. I have some of that laying around the house somewhere. The Wisp will not require THAT much cutting to get it in shape, actually.

Aleathia Burns
09-26-2007, 09:54 AM
Tristen you are a life saver. Thank you.

Arlette
09-26-2007, 02:17 PM
Thank you for the tutorial! While I don't need to make antenna bangs anytime soon, I found the tip about the steam iron and yaki hair very useful, along with the razor comb idea, which looks much safer than the extractor knife razors I've seen some people use >_>;. I have a couple of questions:

1) After the Jewel-It is dry, how does the hair feel and look? Is there a clear crust or film on it or does it look like nothing ever happened to it?
2) Where in the world did you get a wig head with that long neck?
3) Out of curiousity, what character is that wig for?

Looks like that wig will be for Maya Natsume from Tenjou Tenge. ^_^ I only know because I love the series and cosplayed as her last year, but her "chibi" version. ^_~ Tristen's method is much better than the method I used, which was to take clear hair bands and make one "stalk" of hair for the "antenna" to come out of, then I took the hair I wanted to stand on end and layed it out on a table, and emptied a bottle of AquaNet on it. XD Tristen it much more thorough, and that was very detailed and helpful!

TristenCitrine
09-29-2007, 01:27 PM
Sorry it took so long for me to get back to the thread!

When the Jewel-it dries, depending on how much you use, the texture is similar to hair gel. You should definitely test it on a bit of hair beforehand. Taking a clipping from the back underside of a wig is a good idea for this.

Why Jewel-it over other glues? It is flexible and clear when dry. It looks a little fluorescent when wet, but it dries clear... abd bendy, too!

For things like the antenna (yes, I'm doing Maya Natsume) Full strength is good because it makes it stronger. My general theory is that anything sticking that far out will probably get slammed into something so any extra reinforcement is a good thing.

LadyHawke- I can't wait to see your new Subaru wig!

Rayonea
09-30-2007, 02:16 PM
Odd question, but do you think the wire curl attachment method would work with things other than the antennae? Or for attaching things that won't be sitting on the top of the head?

Specifically I'm looking at attaching a small pair of wings to the sides of my wig, and it would be awesome if I could remove them afterwards, especially since the wig is otherwise unstyled. >.>;;; I'm not sure if they'd be too heavy for this method or not though.

CosplayJelly
09-21-2011, 07:34 PM
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Alara Wyatt
12-14-2011, 10:03 AM
this was actually ridiculously helpful! I have a Gojyo wig I've been fighting with for several years ><; and this might just be the answer I've been looking for! Thanks!!

IchiBLEACHcake
01-19-2013, 03:12 PM
The link to the tutorial isn't working =(