Victorian porcelain dolls are fitted with wigs made of mohair, human, or synthetic hair. Mohair and synthetic hair can be purchased at craft and hobby stores. Human hair can be purchased at beauty salons or human hair distributors. A doll wig is created in the same fashion as a human wig, except the wig doesn't have to be ventilated for comfort. A wig consists of the cap and hanks of hair sewn into place and reinforced with glue.
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Things you need
- Toddler anklet-style sock
- Mohair, human, or synthetic hair
- Button thread
- Waterproof white glue
- Cling film
- Rubber cement
Place the sock over the bare doll's head. Cut the sock around the head, above the eyebrows, around the ears, and around the back of the head. This is the wig cap. According to Lotz Dollmaking Studio, "The wig cap fits up against the head and the hair is applied to the cap."
Choose hair based on how you wish the wig to look. Mohair and synthetic hair is less expensive, but human hair looks realistic. According to Makeup FX, "... wigs are made of human hair from mostly European but also Asian bleached hair. The choice of hair quality is based on the hair style of the finished wig. Asian hair is stronger and will last longer."
Separate and cut the hair into 6-inch hanks about ¼- ½ -inch diameter. The amount of hair necessary depends on the result desired; longer, thicker wigs require more hair.
Thread a needle with button thread colour matched to the hair. Grip a hank of hair and fold it in half, aligning the ends.
Place the fold of the hank on the back centre bottom edge of the cap. According to Stitch n Save, "Start from the neck and work your way around and around until you complete the wig." Hold it in position.
Insert the needle under the cap. Come through the fabric between the hank fold. Pull the thread until tight beneath the cap. Position the needle so the thread wraps over the hank to the left of the fold. Push the needle through the cap, pulling until the thread is tight. Repeat.
Holding the hank, bring the needle through the cap in the centre of the hank again. Pull the thread until tight beneath the cap. Move the needle so the thread wraps over the hank to the right of the fold. Insert the needle through the cap, pulling the thread tight. Repeat.
Select another hank, fold it in half, and place it immediately to the right of the previously sewn hair. Repeat steps 4-7. Continue sewing hair in a line, one hank next to the other, around the cap until you return to the first hank.
Start the next row, by moving directly above the original hank. Repeat the process completed for the first row of hair. Continue around the wig, moving up a row, until you reach the wig's top centre.
Remove wig/cap. Tightly cover head with cling film. According to Lotz Dollmaking Studio, "Some doll wig makers reinforce their stitching with glue." Turn the wig inside out. Cover the inside with waterproof white glue. Turn wig right side out.
Place the wig onto the head over the cling film. Allow wig to dry for several days. Do not cut, brush, or style hair until the glue is dry.
Remove wig cap. Remove cling film. Paint rubber cement onto the head. Position the wig. Cut and style the wig as desired.
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