Collect. Kitbash. Customize. Community. Showcasing the Best of Sixth Scale Modeling.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 31

Thread: Wigging a head

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    York
    Posts
    1,135

    Arrow Wigging a head

    Some folks noticed that the 85th Foot figure I posted here recently had "real" hair , so I thought I would post a quick rundown of my method .
    You can use Doll's hair ( sold in most Doll's House shops ) , Crepe hair from a Theatrical supplier ( or Joke shop ! ) or use Funfur , either bought from a Draper's , or from an old soft toy .
    This technique only works for fairly long hairstyles : it would be tricky to try it for short styles , as it might end up looking rather patchy .Since I'm heavily into Napoleonics at present , it's proving pretty useful .

    On to the Wigging : you need the hair , a bald HS ( you can carve down the hair on a vinyl head , and carve/rout it off a resin head ) , a contact glue ( clear spirit based ) forceps and fine , sharp scissors , and a fine comb .An old toothbrush is really useful for combing the hair after you've fixed it .
    Fix the HS on a suitable stand so you can work round it , and taking a tuft of hair , comb it out , cut the end clean , and apply a blob of glue to the head , starting at the nape of the neck : push the cut end of the tuft into the glue , and adjust so that it's flowing in a natural direction .
    After a few tufts , working round the head , it should look something like this :



    Here's a second head I worked on at much the same time : you have to ignore the ridiculous appearance at this stage : the tufts can be quite big , and keep them densely packed , because you are going to shed some of the hair later :

    Here's the first head again , with the whole back and sides done :

    Keep adding tufts to the top , until you have hair radiating naturally all over , remembering to do the front before the very top , so that the hair overlaps properly .
    Once it's all on , you have the " Struwelpeter " look :


    I thought this guy could join a prog rock band :



    Do not Despair , dear reader , we can get this under control .

    Once you are happy all the glue is dry , You can rough trim it , then gently wash the head with a little detergent , and comb it into position :Now you can trim it to length :



    Let it dry : a little gentle heat is fine , and actually seems to help the acrylic fibre " set " in position .
    You can now comb and style : you will shed some hair , but that should not matter if you got it on thickly enough to start with . A little hairwax , or even hairspray , should get it to stay where you want it :



    And here's the other head before trimming , wet and trimmed , and finished:



    Lastly , here's where I got the hair for the first head : Little Leo , from a Charity shop .
    NO SOFT TOYS WERE HURT IN THE PREPARATION OF THIS TUTORIAL ( Well not much , and he had plenty to spare .............




    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Smallest State in the union
    Posts
    1,275
    Fantastic Tony! Thanks!
    ''It is man's perdition to be safe when he ought to die for
    the truth"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    735
    Fantastic? Fantastic doesn't even begin to cover this. The dictionary comitee will have to come up with a brand new word for this level of cool.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    559
    Hi Tony,

    Great ideas and hands you've got! Just a quick question: Do i need to stick the loose hair in a single direction to maintain a certain order?

    How do i sitck the hair on the fringe?

    Thanks for your guidance.

    With regards,
    Colin

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    York
    Posts
    1,135
    Colin , sorry for the delay , but I didn't realise that my thread had been posted in here .
    Basically , the hair on people's heads radiates from the crown at the back : take a look at someone handy : you need to mimic this radial flow , laying the hair on each part of the head accordingly . Since the hair on top of the head OVERLAPS that beneath it , you need to start layering round the edge first , and work towards the middle , as shown in the pics .
    So your fringe can be glued before the hair behind it , which overlaps it.
    The Crisis comes at the crown itself , and there you have to work out some way of gluing the last " Tile " , as it were ,without the glue showing , and there's no perfect answer , but you can try gluing the last tuft , then folding it back on itself and using the minimum glue to hold down the turnover.
    This is a little hard to describe in words , but I hope you get the idea !

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    559
    I see...will try it out soon. First got to get some fake fur and a loose head to get it going....thanks again T for your great guides!

    Cheers

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    32
    hello,
    So I've been meaning to try this out. So I have some specific questions regarding the contact glue. I've been doing some searching at hardware stores and hobby shops, but I've been running into a few problems. Most if not all of the contact glue, I find are waterproof, but highly flamable and spirit based or if they are heatproof, they're not waterproof or spirit free, etc. Did you have any suggestions as to just an overall glue I can find?

    Thanks in advance!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    York
    Posts
    1,135
    Hello Chorizo : I'm not sure where you live , so I don't know what brands of glue you have available : I'm in the UK , and there are several options here :I use a spirit-based glue for preference :-
    Clear Bostik , the usual spirit-based glue ; UHU , which is similar ; or my overall favourite for this job , HMG glue ; this is made by H.Marcel Guest , Riverside works , Manchester , England M40 7RU .
    You can buy it online at fredaldous.co.uk ; I'm not sure about whether they ship it overseas , but can't see why not .
    This glue is much slower than most clear spirit glues , and it doesn't string , and has a tiny applicator : all ideal for wigging .

    I suppose you could use a thick PVA water-based glue , but I confess I haven't tried it : you need something that holds the hair in place the moment you apply it , so I'm sure you could experiment .

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    1,540
    this is completely astounding, tony! not only is the hair fantastic, but so is your hs painting! and, this is a great tutorial. thanks for taking the time to share this info.

    -kat
    If a fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise. -William Blake: Proverbs of Hell

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    476
    Cheers Tony
    "We're gonna need a bigger boat..."

  11. #11
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    NY/SD/HK/Planet of the Wolves!
    Posts
    5,918
    Great Tutorial! Been messing around with "real hair" for a while, but this gives me a whole new perspective. Thank you.
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    •Winston Churchill•
    OSW Gallery
    BLOG

  12. #12
    Wow that is amazing work, man.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    23

    Re: Wigging a head

    whoooeee, now i get to try out my haircutting skills as well

    thank you tony, you never stop to amaze me at the quality of your work

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    117

    Re: Wigging a head

    Thanks for yet another incredible tutorial!
    Vikki
    Fabric of Time and Space
    Doctor Who and Historical Outfits

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Mt. but soon Wi.
    Posts
    2

    Re: Wigging a head

    What a cool tutorial. Thanks Tony, Jeff

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    401

    Re: Wigging a head

    That is brilliant work. Very lifelike and looks great. I was wondering, do you know how to do women's hair?

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    76

    Re: Wigging a head

    Quote Originally Posted by red4 View Post
    That is brilliant work. Very lifelike and looks great. I was wondering, do you know how to do women's hair?
    You can use the same exact process on any kind of female head sculpt. You just have to make sure the hair you glue on is long enough for what you are wanting to do and then cut and style appropriately after the glue has dried. You should use fluffy, coarse hair (like mohair or the types suggested in the tutorial) when gluing. It's probably best to avoid the saran, acetate, or nylon hair used for re-rooting as those types of doll hair are heavier and smoother and will not stick as well.

    For female figures, there are also other choices. You can re-root a head made of softer plastic (Cy Girl, HT, most of the Triad female heads). This requires some skill and a lot of patience, but the results are usually very nice.

    You can also get ready-made wigs that will work with any kind of head, including resin. The size 4 wigs by Monique are very good quality and can look very good on the right figure.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    401

    Re: Wigging a head

    Quote Originally Posted by KLee View Post
    You can use the same exact process on any kind of female head sculpt. You just have to make sure the hair you glue on is long enough for what you are wanting to do and then cut and style appropriately after the glue has dried. You should use fluffy, coarse hair (like mohair or the types suggested in the tutorial) when gluing. It's probably best to avoid the saran, acetate, or nylon hair used for re-rooting as those types of doll hair are heavier and smoother and will not stick as well.

    For female figures, there are also other choices. You can re-root a head made of softer plastic (Cy Girl, HT, most of the Triad female heads). This requires some skill and a lot of patience, but the results are usually very nice.

    You can also get ready-made wigs that will work with any kind of head, including resin. The size 4 wigs by Monique are very good quality and can look very good on the right figure.
    Does the technique stand up to hats and goggle straps?

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    41

    Re: Wigging a head

    CoOl!!!!

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    The Korova
    Posts
    1,729

    Re: Wigging a head

    Wonderful tutorial, Tony! Thank you for sharing.
    Cheap people suck.

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Malaysia, Penang Island
    Posts
    171

    Re: Wigging a head

    i found a real hair maker master here, thanks!

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    California
    Posts
    381

    Re: Wigging a head

    Thanks for sharing Tony. I always wanted to try applying real hair.

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Chico, Calif.
    Posts
    10,418

    Re: Wigging a head

    Great tutorial - very helpful
    KOTM Co-Winner November 2006 ( w/gaiagear ) Co-Winner December 2006 ( w/Bfett ) Winner January 2007

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Level 9 Hell
    Posts
    181

    Re: Wigging a head

    is this using a real human hair or synthetic one?

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    137

    Re: Wigging a head

    Quote Originally Posted by k4m2 View Post
    is this using a real human hair or synthetic one?
    Tony used synthetic hair. I used mohair for my figure's head.

  26. #26
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    22

    Re: Wigging a head

    this is awesome

  27. #27
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    58

    Re: Wigging a head

    Amazing tutorial!!! Thanks for posting it.

  28. #28
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    53

    Re: Wigging a head

    Wow! I just discovered this thread and wanted to bring it back to life. Fantastic tutorial and the guys look amazing! I especially like the shot with Little Leo.

  29. #29
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    British Columbia, CA
    Posts
    1,382

    Re: Wigging a head

    awesome! thanks for the tip. I always wanted to do real hair on a headsculpt. Thanks for sharing!

  30. #30
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    4

    Re: Wigging a head

    That is indeed brilliant.

    Here's a few pics of a Phil Oakey with real human hair, but I didn't do as good a job as the fantastic tutor above :-)

    Graduated bob 1

    Graduated bob 2

Similar Threads

  1. Barrack Sgt Body+ Custom head
    By Soldato in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-02-2008, 22:19
  2. Need help. How to change ACE head with DiD head.
    By jlg1md in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-10-2008, 04:00
  3. Tutorial: Enlarging a Head Sculpt
    By KillingYouGuy in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-11-2007, 08:55
  4. Wigging a head
    By Tony Barton in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 09-19-2006, 11:39
  5. Aragorn (with converted HT head)
    By okieh 2 in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 09-15-2005, 00:53

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Wigging a head
Wigging a head
KGHobby...Click Here!
Urban Samurai Hobbies...Click Here!
Vlad's Toys...Click Here!
BlackOps Toys...Click Here!
Alien Day Ultimate Giveaway - Join the Hunt!
HobbyLink Japan...Click Here!
Cotswold Collectibles...Click Here!
The ToySource...Click Here!
Big Bad Toy Store...Click Here!
Timewalker Toys...Click Here!
ToyWiz...Click Here!
Nouveau Toys...Click Here!
Big Bad Toy Store...Click Here!
Urban Samurai Hobbies...Click Here!
Toynk...Click Here!