How to make bjd wigs

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BJDs, or ball-jointed dolls, are realistic-looking dolls that originate from Japan. They're highly customisable; ball-jointed doll owners choose the doll's clothes, eyes and wig. A creative BJD owner--or one who does not want to pay the expensive price that accompanies this popular doll--might want to make her own wig.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Hair fibre (loose or in wefts)
  • Wig cap
  • Masking tape
  • Adhesive caulk
  • Needle and thread or glue

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Instructions

    Making Wefts

  1. 1

    Wefts are the strands of hair attached to the wig (skip this section if the hair you bought came in wefts). Start by placing some of the hair fibre flat with one end lined up. If you have trouble getting it straight, put a weight across the fibre and cut off the ends of the hair.

  2. 2

    Tape the straight edge of the hair fibre to a working surface.

  3. 3

    Squeeze a line of caulk straight across the hair fibres at the edge of the masking tape. Wet your finger and smooth out the caulk.

  4. 4

    Once the caulk has dried, pull the masking tape off of your working surface--but not off of the hair fibres--and flip the hair over.

  5. 5

    Squeeze another line of caulk on the hair, on the opposite side of the first line, and smooth it out like you did before.

  6. 6

    Let the caulk dry, and cut off the masking tape above the line of caulk.

  7. 7

    Repeat these steps several times until you have the desired number of wefts to attach to the wig cap.

    Assembling the Wig

  1. 1

    Hair is attached to the wig cap either by doing a whip stitch or by gluing it down. Using either method, attach a hair weft to the base of the wig cap, starting at the nape of the neck. The weft should be facing up with the hair hanging down below it. Do this until you've made a circle all the way around.

  2. 2

    Attach another hair weft about one-quarter of an inch above the previous weft. Repeat this until you're one-half of an inch away from where you want the part to be.

  3. 3

    Attach the final wefts facing the opposite direction so that the wefts are pointing down and the hair folds over them. Attach the final wefts in a straight line next to each other to create a part. If you don't want your wig to have a part, attach the final weft in a tight spiral at the top of the wig.

  4. 4

    Rinse the wig under cold water and let it dry.

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