DIY Mohair Doll Wig



 I made a Mohair wig for Cinnamon! I am really happy with how it turned out--she looks so sweet and the scale of this mohair is very appropriate for her size it looks more realistic than her original hair. I read and looked at many techniques for Mohair wigs, my version is a little from here a little from there. There are lots of tutorials and different ideas, for example: the wefts can be sewn instead of glued, there are tons of things to make wig caps out of and techniques can vary by doll size and the type of mohair.
This is my second Mohair wig using loose mohair--and this is how I did it.

Cinny's head is removed from her body, and her hair is removed. I put a piece of Saran Wrap on her head and secured it in place with a hair band.

This is plaster impregnated cloth or plaster cloth. This is the same stuff they use to make a cast when you break your arm--it is also used for modeling crafts and speaking of impregnated, it can even be found in the kits for expecting ladies to make casts of their baby bumps--so it is easy to find and has lots of uses--I even made some doll shoes with it once. I got mine at Michael's in the section where they sell the cast making supplies-- Huge amount for $8--enough to make 50 or  more of wigs this size.

Tear the plaster impregnated cloth into narrow strips. Tear, not cut --so that the edges blend better--just as in papier mache.

Soak the strips in plain room temp water until they are slimy and slippery.


Start laying strips where you want the hairline--on this doll I started right on her first row of  rooting holes, so that they would be covered. You do want to keep the wig cap small, because you do not want it to show, but you can trim later if needed too.

Keep going--no real pattern needed. You are going for one nice layer of overlapping strips -it is fine if there are two layers in some places. --Too many layers will make it as clunky and hard as a coconut shell.  Allow to dry--this will take from one hour to several depending on the weather,

All dry! You have a perfectly fitting wig cap for Cinny----No Max!


Here's what you will need now: Doll head--(leave plastic on)
Mod Podge or Elmer's Glue, tacky Glue, paint brush, plastic or wooden craft stick,  plastic plate, scissors.  At this point you can trim the dried wig cap if needed.
 Note: If you are using dark hair--paint the wig cap to match with acrylic paint.

This is the Mohair I am using---it is LONG  and curly so I just want the curly ends so I clipped them off.  

Making wefts/plugs: Lay the cut edge of the mohair in the Mod Podge. You can go completely around the plate--all four sides-- the more wefts you make now the faster you will finish the wig. You will also make a long weft of shorter hair for the front-- if you want bangs. When dry, peel up the weft and cut into workable sections. You can also trim the dried glue end to make them less blobby if needed.

Starting at the neck edge place wefts on wig cap with the tacky glue and press in place with wooden or plastic stick. Work up the back and then sides until you get to the crown of the head. Finally, work the front of the wig back towards  Remember --depending on the type of Mohair you are using you will want these face framing strands to be shorter--you place them shorter  now not cut them later to get the most of the natural curl.

When you get to a very small bald spot left at the center of the crown simply  dab some tacky glue there and stick in one last piece of mohair.  Allow wig to dry on Doll.

When the wig is dry you can mist with water and scrunch the hair gently with your fingers to enhance the curls and style the hair. I made another wig like this awhile back--for My Gavin redo Bodhi.   Have Fun!!!

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, I sense another doll enhancing hobby looming. Thanks for making it so easy to understand. It came out so cute! :)

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  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh doll is fantastic !

    RosaRita

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