Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Quick Wig Cap or Wig Holder Tutorial for Doll Wigs

My doll hair obsession has taken off all over the place.  From this has stemmed the need to make wig caps faster and in larger quantities because I am launching a new line of wigs specifically for BJDs.

If you have seen my wig cap tutorial you know that the wig caps are made from fabric and are stiffened with Mod Podge or watered down white glue. When I was making these wig caps just for Monster High Doll Wigs, I always let them dry on the dolls head, which was covered with plastic wrap. When you have a few dozen Monster High dolls laying around, this is not a problem.

However, when you need to make larger size wig caps to fit BJD head sizes 6.5 - 8 and you need to make them in quantity, making them one at a time because you only have ONE BJD doll head to work on is not optimal. So, I created the silliest little gizmo that works so perfectly if you are making wigs in large quantities.

This may not look great, and there are probably better ways to do this, but it works, and that's all that matters.

I always have wooden bases and dowels in my house because I make my own doll stands.

I took one of the larger wood bases and drilled four holes in it. Inserted wood dowels that I cut in two taller sections and two shorter.One of them is crooked.

Step One- Wig cap holder

In lieu of doll heads stuck on the ends of the dowels I used what I had on hand at home. Tin foil to the rescue. You can make the tin foil balls any size you want for the size wig cap you need.

My wig cap holder- a 5 minute job

This couldn't possibly have been quicker or easier. I am all about the easy way.

And here they are with wig caps of assorted large sizes drying on them.

It occurred to me that instead of trying to make the wig ON the doll's head as I always have, that maybe a modified version of my wig cap holder would work. So this is what I made- a single dowel wig cap holder that I now use to make my individual wigs on. Much easier than trying to make it on the head of a 16" doll that I have to hold between my knees!

And that is my weird little wig cap holder tutorial, if you can call it that. :)

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