Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Wig Experiment

I've been experimenting with wig making using a tutorial I found at the Antique Lilac website.

handmade wig, front

The wig is begun with a crocheted wig cap. It is then covered with mohair lock "wefts" that have been sewn together on a sewing machine.

handmade wig, side

Hot glue is used to attach the wefts which, unfortunately, means the wig can't be dyed after the fact. I'd like to either get my hands on some mohair locks that are naturally of a darker colour, or perhaps experiment with dyeing my own before the wig making process begins.

Handmade wig, back
 Check out those gorgeous natural waves!

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It's looks better than I thought it would. Now if only I had hairdressing skills and could give it a better haircut!

**Special thanks to Louise for providing the mohair locks!**


bearpicnic said...

Congratulations! I think the wig looks fantastic. Wig making is not something I think I could ever succeed at.
Best wishes!

Marlene said...

You might be surprised bearpicnic. It was easier than I thought it would be. My only difficulty was that the locks I have are quite matted. I combed them out using a dog comb. Luckily I had a lot of volume to begin with because I'd say the combing took out about 50%.

Anonymous said...

Have been following your blog for a few years now. Have to say you are very talented. Your work is awesome. Always enjoy seeing what's next.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I forgot to put my name on that comment.

from the Wed Night Knitters in Surrey

Marlene said...

Wow Kathy, thanks for being such a loyal blog reader!

I do tend to wander around a bit with my interests and projects don't I? LOL!

cailyn said...

you'd never guess so much came out. it is nice and full. wish i had that kind of volume in my hair!

Marlene said...

Yes Cailyn there was (and still is) plenty of volume there. I have lots of hair myself, but it is completely straight. My three brothers all had curly hair, and then there was me, the only daughter, with poker straight hair. I'd love the have the crimpy wave of the mohair in this wig!