Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Make Mohair Wefts for Monster High Doll Wigs ~ Weft Tutorial

 I want to show you how I make mohair wefts for my Monster High doll customs, so I created a short tutorial to show the basic method I use. There is more than one way to make wefts, some utilizing glue, latex, caulk, etc. This wefted mohair tutorial is done with a sewing machine and tulle.

I play around with mohair and other lamb locks a lot. I like to shop for doll hair and have a large collection of colors and different kinds of locks, from mohair, Cotswold locks and Wensleydale locks.

Here are some of the colorful locks I use to make doll wigs and apply directly to my doll's heads. I am really attracted to bright colors so this is paradise for me.

Usually when I make wigs for my Monster High Dolls, I glue the hair directly to the wig cap. The problem that can occur when you do this is that it is really easy for the glue to make an unwelcome appearance through the locks and show. No one wants the glue to show, so you have to be really careful along the top of your wigs when gluing the hair directly to the head or wig cap.

I saw some doll hair tutorials online that reminded me about using wefted mohair, or other locks to make doll wigs. I hadn't done this method in many years so I thought I would give it a try for my Monster High Dolls.

This method is done with a sewing machine and tulle. Try to use a tulle and thread color that is close to the color of your doll's hair. I'll show the ways I make wig caps in another post.

Opps typo. That should say TULLE not Tull.

This is the finished Monster High Doll wig made from wefted mohair. Amazing colors, isn't it?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wigging Out! Making Monster High Doll Wigs

Last year I made a few dozen Monster High Doll wigs for Etsy and Ebay. I decided to do it again this year. There will be upcoming tutorials on how I make Monster High Doll Wigs- but for today, I am just going to show you some of the colorful creations I have been making for the past couple weeks.

This current crop of wigs are all made from natural fibers- mohair. teeswater locks, Cotswold locks, Tibetan Lamb, etc.

Check out these colors!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have some wefted Saran hair coming in from Korea, which should be here in a week or two. I am bound and determined to learn how to make "regular" doll hair wigs. For now, I am offering the wildly colored and super big hair look for my Monster High Doll Wigs.

Here are just a few of my current projects- available currently for sale on eBay and in my Etsy store.

Stayed tuned for upcoming tutorials on making wig caps two different ways, making a mohair wig, a Tibetan lamb wig, making wefts from locks, etc.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Monster High Hair Redo- How to Fix Honey Swamp's Hair

Honey Swamp is one of the newer Monster High Dolls that came out a few months ago, but I just got her the other day. Her hair is a disaster.

<<< Added Update 2/13/15 -- Apparently this post is causing an uproar among some folks who are taking great offense to the fact that I prefer the hair to lay flatter against Honey's head. They are accusing me of being "racially biased" against fluffy hair. Guys- I LOVVVVEEEE Big hair on dolls. FYI- my OWN hair is big. Nature grew it that way.

 I do however dislike the factory hair on Honey Swamp.  How anyone can think this is a racial issue is unthinkable to me because truly, I do not see a lot of Swamp Monsters running around in this world. Do you? Unless you are an actual Swamp Monster- please do not take offense at a toy that I choose to customize to suit my personal esthetic. And if you are a Swamp Monster, aren't you glad you now hair hair styling options? That is all. :) >>>

Honey Swamp Doll
Honey Swamp out of the box

 Honey Swamp's mess of curls is kind of cute. Very different from most of the doll line, but I prefer a little sleeker look and less of a bushy appearance. Honey Swamp's hair had to either go completely or be tamed. I was not in the mood to reroot it because that would take me a week and I was anxious to repaint her soon.

 I took off the rubber band that kind of holds her hair in place, and this is what happened:

Oh Crap. Honey Hair Disaster

So. the hair had to be fixed, Years ago I had a Barbie with similar hair and I managed to tame it. The first thing I did was put a pot of water on the stove and brought it to a boil.
 Before I tossed her in the water I drenched her hair in hair conditioner. It was Alberto Vo5 cause that's what I use and if it tames my hair, it should help Honey. Actually human hair conditioner doesn't do a lot for doll hair, but it does make it easier to get a comb through sometimes. Then, I turned off the heat and in she went, head first. I could have used fabric softener but I didn't have any on hand.

Boiling hot water can't hurt this swamp girl!

In order to tame hair with super tight curls, the hair needs to stay submerged in boiled hot water for about two minutes. Let me be clear, you are not going to get straight hair on Honey by this method. You will get a smoother looking version of her hair.

After about two minutes of a hot water soak, I removed her.  Then I ran her head under cold water while kind of holding it down around her to lengthen it and pull it down. Her hair defies gravity so it was a chore.

Honey Swamp's hair waiting to dry.

I then wrapped a white washcloth around her to hold her hair down. A rubber band holds it in position.  The I let her hair dry, which took several hours. When it was dry I removed the washcloth and this is what I had.

Not sure why her hand is on her crotch...LOL!

It was still a little damp here, but dried very similar eventually. It did not revert to its former style.

Here is the repainted, completed doll which has been sold.