Updated on 03-19-2014 with working links. (I can't believe this thread is almost 10 years old ^_^)
Iím sorry for starting a new thread for wig dying, however I wanted to separate this wig dying technique and recipe (and problems) from the other technique so that I could easily keep track of peoples experiences and problems with it (in order to modify the process as well).
I read the previous wig dying post and went out and tried it for myself (which I mention in that thread). However, while trying to break open the sharpie (which I know some of you can do quite easily now) I thought ďIf only I didnít have to harvest sharpie ink like this.Ē
So I thought about it for a couple of days, then took a trip to my local art supply store. There I bought FW Acrylic Artists Ink. This liquid ink comes in 30 colors and another 10 or so metallic colors (but more on those in a bit). The cost of the ink per 1 oz bottle was $4.50.
(thereís a color chart at the bottom)
With this liquid ink I had more control of my pigment creation and since it has an ink dropper built on the lid, I can give exact measurements to give (a white) wig the exact pigment in the jar without any distortion.
8 full squeezes of ink (into a spray bottle)
1 cup 70% rubbing alcohol
(only do this much at one time in order to not delude ink color to much)
This creates enough pure pigment wig dye to evenly coat one side of a medium to long wig. Of course larger wigs will need more dye mixed.
To darken or lighten dye, ad 2 to 3 squeezes of black or white ink.
After you've applied the solution to your wig, let it sit for a few hours (I let mine sit for 8) to completely dry and set! This isn't for anyone who is in a rush. When itís completely dry (I choose to leave mine outside). 1) Brush it out to eliminate the crispy stiffness it will adopt. 2) rinse it out with COLD water and lightly wash it (this should rid it of the alcohol smell).
It will look like this
The pure liquid pigment is pretty awesome and very easy to keep under control! I didnít have to buy lots of Sharpies in order to harvest enough ink, as well as increasing my color spectrum significantly.
I also have TONS of ink left over in my one bottle. So now Iím going to apply some girly math and girly logic to just how much dyeing you can do with one bottle of ink. At 8 drops of ink and 1 cup per of alcohol application (at 2 to 3 applications per wig) I believe you could dye about 4 long wigs. (This is girly math please keep that in mind. When my roommate gets home I might make him use some actually Science)
Warnings: Combs, clothes, gloves etcÖ. will be stained, even wood and metal! This ink is differnt than sharpie ink so don't wait to long to wash it off.
Now in regards to the metallic, Iím still experimenting with these and so far the results have been good to non-existent. The gold is soooo cool itís got a lot of glittery sheen to it, and looks like youíve got a gold head, however the other colors arenít working so great, Iím trying a few methods of adding more pigment and or less alcohol so more on that when I have genuine facts.
A few more pics of the process
Here's my Linda XXL during
and here's the finished result
Here's an example of darkening a blond wig (I also added extra length so I promise it's the same wig), using orange ink. It darkened the wig as well as creating highlights.
To see how the colors look while being worn in a con environment please see the following galleries:
Devil Katt (or see my icon)
Also thank you Clueless Case for the basic Sharpie recipe and the key ingredient ^_^
Note: I've randomly received messages with questions about the process throughout the years and have failed to respond to many of them because I retired from Cosplay in 2007. I'm very happy that this post still helps people but unfortunately I don't check this account enough to respond to specific question requests.