Sunday, 6 August 2017

Weekend project



I've long been a fan of Mozekyto, on YouTube.   She makes these fabulous wigmaking tutorials, using - guess what - common old acrylic knitting yarn.   Now, since the rise of polyester (which I sorta despise, but has its uses) one doesn't find too much acrylic around, but thank the gods that be, acrylic yarn is still easy and cheap to find and buy.

As an art student, I made a load of bits and pieces,  learning just how versatile acrylic is, compared with other manmade and natural fibres.  For dolly wigs, it's easy to style and manipulate; easy to brush out, and can look so beautifully silky - it really is a great scale of fibre for making doll's locks.

Here's the channel with all the videos:

This is the one I'm following at the moment:   How to make hair wefts.

Then I'll be trying the cool half-mohawk style:  Maybe...

And also, the most recent video shows how to colour your yarn safely, to make ombre wigs, without having to use fabric dyes.   A word to the wise, standard fabric dyes that you can purchase have little effect on acrylic anyway.  It's similar to polyester, damned difficult to dye, but the video shows how you can do it so easily.

Oh, and how to make a wig cap, to glue your hair wefts to: this one explains it, as well as how to make the whole wig.

Mozekyto makes wigs for Monster High dolls,  but I'm trying it on Saffie (one of my Ellowyne dolls) and Pru. You have to feel a bit sorry for them, standing around like this for a few days...



Here's my progress so far.  This has all been trauma-free and loads of fun.  I got some cheap yarn from Ebay, in hair colours.  I just like natural coloured hair on dolls, but I will be trying some fantasy shades, if this works out.



The ironing part is lovely, so satisfying, transforming a fringe of fuzz into smooth silky locks.  You can't see the lovely sheen very well in the photo, but it does feel nice and soft and satiny now.




I will endeavour to post progress reports, but as this is a 'spare time' project, it might take a while.

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2 comments :

  1. I'm intrigued to see how this turns out... amazed that you can iron acrylic yarn! Poor Saffie and Pru - I think my girls are quite glad they only have to try on dresses and pose for pictures... I'm still crocheting.. some of the Beach Blues dresses are now on Flickr.... I've moved on to more Ocean shades and I'm loving the Katia Jaipur yarn!

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    1. Well, acrylic sweaters can be ironed, if you use a low setting, so it makes sense for the fibres to be iron-able. Is that a word? Will go and look up those beach blue now!

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