Wig making has been a specialised skill for thousands of years. From the days of ancient Greece, wigs have been a symbol of status. Today wigs can be made that are so realistic that most people cannot tell they are wigs, even when viewed close up. If you want to make wigs, there are many tools you will need in your kit beyond the hair and lace needed to make the wig.
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Things you need
- Ventilating needles
- Needle holder
- Finger shield
- Sewing needles
- Clear thread
- Seam ripper
- Tape measure
- Wig block
- Drawing card
Choose an appropriate container for your supplies. Plastic tackle boxes and containers for beading supplies work well because they are divided into many small sections.
Include several sizes of ventilating needles. These hooked needles are very similar to those used for crocheting, except they are small enough to work with hair. Choose a few ventilating needles that hold 3 to 5 strands of hair at a time, a few that hold 2 to 3 and a few that hold only one strand.
Add a needle holder, which is shaped like a pencil with a chuck at the end, like a small drill, to grip ventilating needles. There are also half-sized needle holders, which are only 4 inches long. Try both to see which feels more comfortable in your hand.
Add a finger shield, which is a metal sleeve that fits around your finger. It can be used as a thimble to protect your finger or as a needle guide to help while sewing a lace foundation.
Add several sewing needles, both straight and curved, and a spool of clear nylon thread. Both of these are needed when making a wig foundation. A seam ripper also helps to remove bad stitches.
Include a small, sharp pair of scissors. These scissors should only be used to cut hair, lace, thread and other wig making materials to preserve their sharpness.
Add a cloth tape measure for taking measurements when designing a wig for a specific person.
Include many small straight pins that have a ball on the head. You will need these to keep wig lace pinned tight against the wig block.
Add a small pair of needle-nosed pliers, which are useful for removing pins if the ball pops off.
Add a pencil to sketch hairlines and other details onto a wig block.
Tips and warnings
- Other items you will need that are too large to fit into a kit are a wig block (canvas head form that wigs are built on), drawing card (two thick cards covered in hooks, sandwiched around loose hair to keep it organised while making a wig) and hackle (metal plate with long spines, similar to a bed of nails, which is used to mix hair).
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