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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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:iconechoing-artemis:
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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:iconechoing-artemis:
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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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
No problem, I hope it helps!

Hmmmm. Caulk is a sort of clear drying adhesive/filler that's often used in home repair to fill gaps & seal things together. You can see another example of it used in wigs over here. She actually sells it, too! Just here.
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:iconarysia17:
Arysia17 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ohhhhh, ahhh i think i understand :D. thank you verry much, your tutorial is awsome and i will be trying to make it once i have all the materials, thanks for your help :D
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:iconcollective-soul:
collective-soul Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Now to convince my mother to let me buy the supplies and make it! :evillaugh:
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Good luck! Hopefully she's nothing like Gothel xD
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:iconcollective-soul:
collective-soul Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Hahaha XP
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ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Hi! I have a quick question if you don't mind. I was working on this today and I'm having a problem with the batting. How think was yours approximately? (with or without hair, whatever you remember).
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Hmmmm, I'm not entirely sure what you mean. Are you asking how thick the batting was? I can't really remember! About half an inch or so - it was the only batting they had, so I didn't have a lot of choice.

What's the problem you're having? Knowing that, I might be more helpful....maybe. ;D
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:iconprotectorkorii:
ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I was asking how thick it was.

I started out with really thin batting so I had to layer it to get a fuller look. My problem is that I can't seem to find the balance between how thick the batting is and how wide it is so that I can make it as 'thick' looking as your braid was at the end.
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
It sounds like something that might just require a bit of experimentation. Trust your instincts! And probably err on the side of caution - a braid that's slightly too thin would look better than one that's slightly too thick (and be easier on the neck!).

I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, but good luck!
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:iconusagihimesama:
UsagiHimesama Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
*gets tangled up in all her hair while making her wig*..... little help XP
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Ha ha just take your time! It's a pain but you'll get there in the end XD
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:iconusagihimesama:
UsagiHimesama Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
*falls over* ow. *pascal points and laughs* XP

I'm not totally understand the bangs part.

would buying some really really long wigs work out just as well for the hair? I found one i liked and i could just buy several of them.
I'm just not sure how to make sure that i can side part the hair..not really sure how to check for that either.
what neadle and thread would you suggest for the sewing part?
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:icondigechan:
DigeChan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Ahaa! now i get it! Forget i asked, im kind of tierd.. i have been up all night just to find a way to make Rapunzels hair ^^' And now it's 7.37 in the morning! DD:
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:icondigechan:
DigeChan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
How many wigs did you have?
(Exept for the base wig)
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
The base wig + four more of the same wig, and three long extensions. :3
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:icondigechan:
DigeChan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Omg.. Seriously four wigs? HOW, and WERE, did you find four, no i mean five wigs, who is of the same wig? O.o
Or am i misunderstanding you now? x'DD
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
LMAO over here.

No problem, I know how stressful it all gets! XD
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:icondigechan:
DigeChan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Hahaha, thank you very much!! ^-^ was it expensive? :C

I must just say that.. You are an amazing person! :'3
I mean how could you even come up with that!? Just like that? O.o
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:icondamselle-xo:
damselle-xo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
How much does it cost for caulk? haha
Where can you find some? xD
Thanks!
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Oh goodness, I can't even remember! I actually bought it for a wig three years before this one (er, a little goes a long way with caulk) so I'm honestly not certain. You should be able to find it at your local hardware store though - just be sure to find one that dries clear!
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:icondamselle-xo:
damselle-xo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Haha alright then! Hopefully not too expensive xD
Thanks! :D
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sar-bearsayshi Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how long did you cut the batting? did you cut it as long as the extentions or what? how long are the extentions?
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Slightly shorter than the extensions - you don't want them poking through the loose ends of the plait. The extensions themselves I didn't trim - just straight out of the packet! Just check their length by holding them up to the nape of your neck.
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sar-bearsayshi Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
okay cool thank you :)
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:iconwhatthefoxbecca:
WhatTheFoxBecca Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Photographer
Oh man... I would DEFINATELY not have he patience for this... =_____='''''
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Ha ha you'll never know until you try! XD
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