Your miniature questions are welcome here!

The original Miniatures Question and Answer Blog was the brain child of Nikki Rowe from Witch and Wizards Miniatures. Lately, she realized that she was spreading herself way too thin to continue doing all the things she's involved with well.

Since we all wait in anticipation of what awesome item she'll create next and we all want her to concentrate on making those fabulous mini's that we love, I have agreed to take over the responsiblity of the Miniature Question and Answer blog.

Format is the same. Once a week, on Sunday or Monday, a new question will be posted, researched and, with any luck, answered. You are all welcomed and encouraged to comment with your own answers and suggestions.

If you have a miniature related question you'd like investigated, the best way is to send me an e-mail.

But you can also put it in the comments section as a suggestion for the following week and, hopefully, I'll find it.

Nikki will be deleting the original blog so you will have to "re-follow" here, but I have saved all the questions...and answers and comments and they will be the subject of the first post.

Sounds like fun, eh?



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wigged Out!

My dear friend Kat the Hat Lady posed this question recently:

"I would love to know how to make a wig that is removable to display on a stand. I want to make some 18th Century powder wigs to show off my hats on."  She attached this photo:

Personally, wigging is the worst part of doll "couture" for me.  It is just not something I 've been very successful with.  I also have never seen a miniature wig that was not attached to a dolls head, but it seems to me that such a thing would be made in a similar way to constructing a full sized wig.

The material used for hair would have to be attached to some sort of cap.  My first thought was to use either a bald doll or a bead that was close to the size of a doll's head.  I'd wrap it in plastic wrap to be able to remove it from the form and then I'd try some sort of fabric over the form as a base or maybe just use a huge glob of pva spread around.

But never having done such a thing, I explored the wonderful world of the internet to seek enlightenment.

Guess what??  People actually do make these kind of things!  Who knew?!

You can find these wigs for sale at House of Caron and Doreen Sinnett Dolls

And they are apparently made the same way as I'd surmised.....

About.Com has a short but concise little tutorial on it  Here

This is not somethig I think I'll try any time soon but it looks fairly straightforward.  Like anything else, it'll take a little (or a lot!) of practice to get the end product to your satisfaction.

Has anyone ever tried this? 

Here you go Kat!  Let us know how yours turn out!



Glenda said...

I tried it lately and did a post -

Mine was very basic, but it worked well enough for me to feel a bit more brave about doing it.
It was good that you can mess up and try again without any mistakes being permanent.


Tabitha Corsica said...

Geesh Glenda! How did I miss that?

The tutorial I read didn't specify a brand of glue so it is great to know what worked for you. I was thinking that I'd let the first layer dry and then start working with the hair.

It is also a good way to practice without messing up the doll (or her outfit).

I was going to suggest to Kat that she just use a large bead or hat stand and make her wig directly on it for the display. The pva will come off with water before it is dry.

I recall seeing a tutorial by, I think, Nicky Cooper where she used Fabritac glue for wigging. I do not know how that would hold on the plastic....

Thanks for the comment, the link to the post and your suggestions!

Kat the hat lady! said...

Thank you so much for this posting :-D I will have a go this week and let you all know how I go even if it turns out awful ha ha ha! xxx

Debie Lyons said...

Thanks Tabs I HATE wigging with a pash LOL.
LOrra Luffies

Debie xxx

The Dangerous Mezzo said...

This is so useful to know! I want to make a man's 17th century periwig to display on a stand in my William and Mary House, and this info will really help :)

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