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Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I last checked in. In fact, it's been so long that I just realised I never posted the cosplay interview I did here (and that was in January!). Japan Cinema invited me to chat to them for a while for their cosplay corner - if you're interested, you can read about it over here.

In other news, I have finally gotten around to doing a photoshoot for Rapunzel! Thank you so much to :iconstrawdoll: for being such an amazing photographer...you're so nice to me :'D And so, since I'm about to attack you all with photos, I figured it would be a great time to finally, finally post the FAQ I've been promising for her wig. Here we go!


Rapunzel: Outside Looking In by echoing-artemisRapunzel: With the Best Intentions by echoing-artemisRapunzel: Just Like I Dreamed by echoing-artemis

RAPUNZEL'S WIG - THE FAQ

Oh my god, is that your real hair?

Er, no. Really, really no.

It must be really heavy then! How much does it weigh?

This is hands down the most common question I hear. I finally, finally weighed it today: 1.48kg (or 3.26 lbs). Actually not as bad as I might have guessed!

That's still pretty heavy. How does it stay on your head?

Just a few bobby pins! Sometimes it slips backwards a little, but that's only if I've been in too much of a hurry to pin it properly.

Does it hurt?

Ha ha not at all! I get a little paranoid about moving my head around too much, so I might seem a little stiffer than usual, but that's the worst it does. I always pack pain killers just in case when I wear it, but I haven't needed them yet!

How on earth did you make it?

I heard this question so often I actually made a tutorial for the process. You can find it over here:
Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 1 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 2 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 3 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 4 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 5 by echoing-artemis

Wait, five wigs? Why on earth didn't you just use fewer, longer wigs?

For me, colour was the absolute priority. Rapunzel has gorgeous, shining, golden blonde hair and I wanted to capture that - platinum, ash, white or orange blonde just wasn't going to cut it for me. So I spent a long time wig shopping, but in the end was only happy with the colour of the one I chose.

If you don't mind so much about the colour (or if you're luckier than I am and find the perfect colour in a longer wig!), you can of course use longer wigs. I have seen some do exactly that...although sometimes they warn that longer wigs are much harder to comb/manage! So that's something to keep in mind too.

Which wig, exactly, did you end up buying?

I bought it off ebay, where they still sell the exact same wig for a little under $20/wig. Another lovely cosplayer (:iconraimeithunderchild:) mentioned that you can haggle to get five for the price of four!

My extensions were from ikickshins.net. They're super cheap, at $2.75/bag. I bought three bags of KK Jumbo Braid in #144 Gold. I think they're 48" long - I didn't trim mine at all, but obviously it will depend on your height.

Hmmm, those prices don't seem too bad. How much did it cost you overall?

Including all the fake flowers, probably between AU$170-$180. Which, admittedly, is better than I was anticipating!

Good god, did you just use glue on a wig?! Why on earth would you do that?

Better question: why not? It worked, didn't it? I knew from the start that I wouldn't be retrieving these wigs to use them for anything else, and hell if I was going to take it all apart to wash it - I would just have to take good care of it instead.

Some of the earliest and best advice I received in wig-styling was this: wigs are not real hair, and the earlier you realise that the further you'll be able to take them. I used to be very tentative in how I styled/brushed/managed them, which always took a long time and saw pretty average results. Eventually I just went "STUFF IT" and now...well, I'm happy with how Rapunzel turned out. :D

I would not recommend using glue on real hair, for the record.

This seems like an awful lot of work. How long did it take you?

Maybe four to five days? Mainly though it just needs the time for the caulk to set - the actual work you could probably fit into the space of a day, if it was intensive! And an extra day for clean up, ahahahahaha.

What...what is caulk?

Yeah, I barely know either. It's one of those DIY home repair things, but I've only ever used it in the context of wig styling! It's a thick, white paste that dries clear. I ended up using DAP Kwik Seal Plus Kitchen & Bath Adhesive Caulk. If you're having trouble finding it in the hardware store, Katie Blair often uses it in her wigs and sells it over here.

Soooo...can I just pay you to make me one?

My flatmate would actually murder me, and that just wouldn't work out well for anyone. Honestly, give it a try - you may surprise yourself!

Can I translate this tutorial into another language?

Knock yourself out - I think it's amazing! It's actually already been translated to French, which you can find over here.

I don't like how you made the wig.

That's fine! By no means do I think this is the only way to make Rapunzel's lovely hair - it just worked for me, so I thought I'd share.

I would actually love to link to alternative methods to making Rapunzel's wig. If you have a tutorial that you made (or if you used this one with some alterations) and you'd like to share your experiences with me, please do so! Let me know as well if I can link it here and I'll add it on - we'll compile a bit of a reference list for those seeking help. :D

Good luck!
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:iconlittlepiechan:
LittlePieChan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so confused about wich wig to buy when I am going to make this cosplay(Even though I am properly going to buy a short brown wig, and THEN going to make the braided wig). All the links you have linked is like.. ehm... dead qwq? And the wigs I find on my own is like way too costy(Is that a word owo? Now it is..). 

Some help on finding a proper wig for this owo?
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Oh no, I updated the link quite a few times over the years but it looks like they've finally stopped selling the exact one I used. :/

I would hate to recommend wigs I haven't properly tried myself, so the guidelines in the tutorial (regarding the length, colour, fringe, etc) is probably the best I can do recommendation-wise!
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LittlePieChan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang it..

But thank you :)
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:iconmemorabilia-arisen:
Memorabilia-Arisen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello there! This was really helpful!
The link you gave for the wigs on ebay are splendid! 
Only one question, since the seller has so many blonde wigs, and I don't want to end up with the wrong colour, can you perhaps tell me which one you exactly bought?

Kind regards!
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
I'm super sorry (both for the belated comment and the news), but it looks like they don't stock the exact wig any more ):
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Memorabilia-Arisen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there a other wig that you recommend perhaps?
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UsUkNomNomNom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Hi there! I really love your wig and the tutorial is just amazing! But when I check the link to the wig, it says, that the listing has ended. Can you maybe tell me some basic stuff about the wig, so that I might find one similar? Or do you know, if the seller still sells it? Before hand thanks! :D (Big Grin)
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
If you scroll down when you see a "listing ended" you can still see the photos/original post to get the details. However! They appear to have relisted the same wig here: www.ebay.com.au/itm/Angel-S-Li…
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UsUkNomNomNom Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Thanks!! 
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UsUkNomNomNom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Hi! The link you've posted to the wig, says that the listing has ended. Can you maybe tell me a little bit about the wig and stuff like that, so that I may can find one similar? I love your wig and the tutorial, you've really explained it in a great way! I can't wait to try it out. :D (Big Grin)
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allsmiles123 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hello there! Love this tutorial, and I'm trying it myself. I am using two long wigs from epiccosplay.com. They're both 50 inches, in Ash blonde under the 'extra long wigs' tab. They're silky smooth, and are tangle resistant (which doesn't mean not at ALL, just resistant. learned that the hard way).

anyways, you're able to use heat tools (straighteners, curling irons, etc) to style, so I DID get the nice swoop if the front to work.

I'll post a picture when I'm done. Thanks again for the AWESOME tutorial. Doing this as an x-mas present. My sister's going to freak! :)
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I'm so glad you found it helpful! I'd love to see the results :D
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xFreshPickledToadx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Do you happen to remember what shops in Australia you got your fake flowers from? :)
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Sorry to take so long to get back to this! The flowers literally came from the dollar store up the street - nothing fancy or impressive!
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xFreshPickledToadx Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Do you happen to have a tutorial or just some directions on how to separate the wig wefts?
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
OH MAN I just read this differently and realised what you were asking. Sorry!

I don't, unfortunately, although I'm sure a google would turn up some good results. Essentially you just separate the wig hair to expose the wefts (which run horizontally and have the hair attached). Locate the stretchy/elastic fabric that runs vertically, connecting all the wefts together. Cut through all of these. :)
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
The tutorial is linked in the fifth question - there are thumbnails for the five pages. Kinda pink. :)
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SkayeArt Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Hi! I haven't read the full tutorial yet but how come five wigs were needed? Can you get by with one wig and the extensions?
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I would super-duper reading the tutorial, but the short answer is that I was a perfectionist about colour, and was unable to locate a long enough wig in the correct golden-blonde. If you have though, I'm sure it's possible to get by!
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Squirrelfreakgirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The particular wig that you got doesn't sell on ebay anymore. Could you possibly give me more specific info on it? Do you know what it was made of and how long it was and... well, basically tell me everything you can about it!
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Hi there! You're right, it looks like the listing has ended...but only because they moved it over here and made it even cheaper!

I've updated the FAQ to reflect that, so thanks for letting me know. :)
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Squirrelfreakgirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great! I'm glad I could help. :)
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brigitte08 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
did you buy the extensions also from ebay?
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Nope! They're from ikickshins.net :)
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brigitte08 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
hello, like everyone else I love your Rapunzel wig!
Thinking about buying the same wig from ebay.
I missed where you got the extentions from?

brigitte
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Thanks for the kind words! The extensions are from ikickshins - it's mentioned under the "which wig did you end up buying?" question. :)
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Whytegriffin Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you recommend the kanekelon color #144in the entire wig as I found one at amphigory.com that is approx. 31" in that color. Thank you again!
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Hmmm. I think it's a personal preference more than anything else - I found the #144 colour to be a little too orange. But it's up to you!
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Whytegriffin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Appreciate it :)
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Tiny-Cosplay Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
another question you've probably got a lot of times; Did you buy the flowers online? :3 the only fake flowers I can buy in my country, is oriental flowers and some that just looks too fake XD;;
Just if you still had a link or something :3
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Actually, first time! <3

Sad to say though, I can't actually help. D: I bought mine from two stores in my city - they were pretty cheap, but look okay.

I'm sure you could find some on ebay though!
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RaimeiThunderChild Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
D'awww... so pleased with the special mention as the haggling cosplayer :) Mine turned out pretty well thanks to your help! :D I combined your method with a method used by Aelynn over at thereplicapropforum :)
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
No problem, it's important information for everyone to have! xD

Be sure to show me the results - I'd love to compile a little gallery of those who have used the tutorial, but so far no one's let me know! D':
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:iconraimeithunderchild:
RaimeiThunderChild Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I felt so horribly guilty that I uploaded a photo of my wig today, just for you :heart:
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Awwwww, thank you so much! <3
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bjmac Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
People are surprised that you used glue on your wig? That's so odd. I've used super glue on some of my wigs and they've worked out really well.
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Definitely - I'm glad someone else thought it was odd! For a second I thought I've been doing something wrong all along, lol.

But I've always used glue to hold things in place for complicated updos...I think Rapunzel has like three kinds in it alone. xD
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bjmac Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Lolol! XD

Yeah one of mine has two different kinds of glue in it.

I thought it was a common practice...
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