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Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 3 by echoing-artemis Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 3 by echoing-artemis
Here we go! If you want to maintain the illusion that my hair is actually magical and glowy and long and blonde, look away now. XD

GOOD GOD THAT TOOK AGES. Kudos and credit to :iconmaybea: for the amazing beta job (she is incredible, all remaining mistakes are my own) and to Alice, my flatmate, for being that other person in Step Ten. Alice also deserves credit for putting up with me for the week it takes to make this wig. Seriously, it's hair everywhere, make sure no one is going to destroy you before you try this. And remember to clean up after yourself! XD

As it says in the tutorial this is NOT the easiest way to make this wig. Buying a bucketload of colour-matched extensions, for example, might be easier. I had no luck finding golden blonde extensions though (as opposed to ash, platinum, etc) and I am a pedantic little twit. You may have more luck than me though!

I really hope someone finds this useful. I'm posting it by popular demand and I've seen a lot of people wondering how to tackle it, so hopefully it'll come in handy! It's lovely to be able to feed back into a community that has given me so much. Please let me know if you have any questions - I'm happy to answer, and if there are a lot of them, I'll post a FAQ.

Good luck! Follow your heart, make a wig, find your Eugene (...profit?).



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Rapunzel is copyrighted to Disney, I am making no profit from this tutorial.
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:iconwolfsbane224:
Wolfsbane224 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally doing this for my Rapunzel cosplay I'm going to be wearing to the Renaissance Fair next year! One question: what's a weft? I've bought wigs before, but I've never heard that term applied to them. Thanks SO much for the tutorial! Definitely much cheaper than buying a professionally made Rapunzel wig! :)
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Drawnusingmusic Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
before I ask any of my questions - this is a super-amazing wig and you make such an adorable rapunzel!! ahaha, anyway~ I plan to make rapunzel over the summer holidays, and I came across your tutorial and I think it's really easy to follow and it's really good! I've read through it, but the one thing I don't get is step five. I'm looking at it and....well what I think you do is glue the wig fibres of the extension onto the batting, but I'm not entirely sure that's right....are you able to clarify it a bit? (also, sidenote, I squealed a bit when I realised you're from australia and you wore this to melb. supanova in 2011, and I plan to do it for melb. supanova 2013 :D)
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
PS. I wish I could be there to see it, but I'll be overseas next year! Best of luck, I'm sure you'll wow them. ;D
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Yup, that's exactly what I did! It doesn't have to be perfect-looking (because it'll be covered up), nor completely firm (because the plaiting will hold it in place) - it's just to sort of tack the batting in for the later steps.

Try to stick the strip of batting into the middle of the extension, so that hair covers it on both sides. :)
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:icondrawnusingmusic:
Drawnusingmusic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay! that helps a lot - thanks!! :)
and, asdkhgajka thanks! I'll try and wow them...somehow :'D
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bototocheecks Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
i'm making a wig similar to this (not for Rapunzel, though) and what i need to do is glue the extensions together like in paragraph two of step seven. i see what you did, but i just wanted a little reassurance. you hot glue one extension to the end of the other extension to make it longer?
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Hmmmm. Not quite, I think - the short extensions/wefts are hot glued onto the longer extension, which acts as a base. Does that make sense?
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XxBabygreeneyesxX Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
So to make the wig thick you just wrap it in cotton batting?? lol Do you know where I can get cotton batting for cheap? :D
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Er, other way around! You wrap the cotton batting with the extensions. xD

As for where - depends on where you live! Nearly every fabric store I know stocks it though (for quilting, soft toys, cushions etc), that's where I found it. :)
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Arysia17 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hello, first of all thank yo so much for this tutorial, im trying to make it :D and im starting to collect all the materials, but i dont understand one, im fron the netherlands and i really have now idea what clear drying caulk is X_____X, can you maybe discribe it ore something like that X__X :)
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