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kaedex
07-17-2010, 04:28 PM
Hey! Are any wig-makers willing to help me out??
I can't figure out how to secure the Jessie wig structure my friend and I made onto my head. Right now it's just a structure and we're planning to glue the hair on it.
The problem is, the wig is very heavy and slips off my head, Is there a way to secure it so it stays put where it's supposed to be? We tried hair combs but they didn't work; either we're not placing them correctly or they won't work. Here are some pictures of the structure thus far:

http://img690.imageshack.us/i/wig002.jpg/
http://img339.imageshack.us/i/wig001.jpg/
http://img146.imageshack.us/i/wig004.jpg/
http://img291.imageshack.us/i/wig003.jpg/
http://img189.imageshack.us/i/wig005.jpg/

Any suggestions?? Thanks for reading and for your help!!

o01101011
07-17-2010, 04:44 PM
What's beneath the duct tape??

Try toupe clips.

kaedex
07-17-2010, 04:46 PM
What's beneath the duct tape??

Beneath the duct tape is lots of paper, making it really heavy.
THanks for teh suggestion, I'll look those up!

o01101011
07-17-2010, 05:51 PM
You may want to remake the base with upholstery foam or chicken wire. There are limits to the weight combs and clips can hold, not to mention the pressure your head can endure.

kaedex
07-17-2010, 07:10 PM
Is upholstery foam hard to sculpt? My friend and I tried to carve like, floral arranging styrofoam and had a really hard time.

o01101011
07-17-2010, 07:34 PM
Not to bad. Just have a sharp knife and go slowly. It may be lumpy/uneven a bit at the end, but you're covering it anyway so it wont matter.

Kukkii-san
07-18-2010, 09:11 AM
I'd use a base wig and foam core. Wigs are meant to stay on your head, and they're easier to anchor to your hair and wig cap with hair pins.

kaedex
07-18-2010, 07:38 PM
I'd use a base wig and foam core. Wigs are meant to stay on your head, and they're easier to anchor to your hair and wig cap with hair pins.

So in other words like scalp an old wig? Or would I buy a red base wig? Thanks for your help!

Kelley
07-19-2010, 04:54 AM
I think your best bet is to buy a long red wig to start with and use foam and / or chicken wire like suggested.

Since this material is pretty light, you can use counter-weight to help keep it on your head as well as clips instead of relying on clips to hold it on by sheer gripping power.


Also, from an aesthetic standpoint, I think you're much better off building her hair out to the side / back, instead of straight back. Her hair is often shown to the side, and I hate to say it, but it looks kind of silly going straight back, especially on a real person - it means you can hardly see it most of the time, which makes a really, really, weird look. I think going to the side would create a more true-to-character look. :)

Kitsoru
07-19-2010, 07:21 AM
So in other words like scalp an old wig? Or would I buy a red base wig? Thanks for your help!

As in a base red wig, tons of extensions, and foamcore :)

Ani_BEE
07-19-2010, 10:18 AM
Also a foamcore refers to any type of foam you feel conformable with. I personally like carving (pink or blue) insulation foam sheets. You glue layers together to form a block with either waterbased contact cement or anothe foam friendly glue like 77 Super adhesive spray.

I also carve it with a retractable utility knife.

Also to keep the wig in place I use toupee clips (I get them off eBay rather cheaply) and and sew them a .5" back into the wig to so that clip into more of my real hair. the heavier the wig the more clips i use to keep things in place and distribute the weight evenly. I recommend the larger to medium size one (the small are useless.) in a flesh tone or the same colour ad your wig.

kaedex
07-20-2010, 08:50 PM
Thanks for the help Kelley!! Whenever I decide to remake it, I think I'll go with that. Also you can't really tell from the pictures, but we did shape it to go to the side. The picture is a weird angle haha