Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Part 1 Custom Wig

Let's Make A Wig For Rochelle
A friend of mine bought herself a lovely Rochelle re-paint, but the doll still has her original hair.  Not wanting to spoil the re-painted face, she wondered if she could "make do" with a wig.  My own Rochelle still had her original hair too-- which I am not fond of -- so what a nice excuse to re-do my own Rochelle and help a friend!

First things first: What hair to use to make the wig?
Answer: Real Hair of some sort.
Where to get this hair?
First, let me tell you, if you order hair from Stella's Fiber Farm, you will be spoiled, spoiled, spoiled.
Her doll hair is just beautiful- very high quality and her dyes are to die for. She has different types of hair to chose from as well.  For Rochelle I chose the alpaca.

Want to be spoiled too?

  I bought this color because it still has silver and gray tones that match Rochelle's skin tones.

Let's get started.
Put her hair into a ponytail with a band.
I use curved manicure scissors to cut off her hair.
Snip only a bit of hair at a time, and
cut as close to the scalp as you are able.
 Ponytailed hair is off, next come the bangs.
Once you have trimmed off the bangs, it is time to go all over her head trimming as close as you can with your scissors.
Who knew she had eyebrows?!
I love this face sculpt.
I am using clear plastic wrap in 2 layers to protect my doll from the glue. 
Pull the wrap tight and towards the face leaving the rest as smooth as possible.

Make sure you push the wrap close to her ears.
 Second layer of plastic wrap.
Next comes the tape.
The tape holds the layers in place so it won't shift while I am working.
And then... another layer of plastic wrap.
Same instructions- pull it tight, towards the face
Clip carefully around the ears and fold down.  This layer of wrap will actually be the bottom most layer of your wig. 
  Next Up: The poor crafts person's latex.
1. Tissue Paper torn in shreds
2. Mod Podge                        
3. Water                                
4. Brush                                
Important: WET your brush with water and then dab out the extra to keep your brush from getting gunked up.
Paint some Mod Podge on the plastic wrap- I keep this area small and put more on as I go. 
Add bits of the shredded tissue and make sure they are saturated with the Mod Podge.
Keep going, following the hairline of your doll.  Glue, tissue, glue, tissue- until you have at least 2 layers of tissue all the way around.  Then you let her dry.  No, really.  Let this dry completely.
You can make a wig using liquid latex - but- liquid latex is very expensive and it takes practice to learn how to use it.  The Mod Podge and the tissue combined with the plastic wrap make up a kind of controled version of latex- because the layers will remain flexible for use as a wig.
This is the end of Part 1. 
Part 2 will be up in a few days.

The Drawing is Back for January!
You will recieve an entry for every comment you leave on a January Post. I will write your names on slips of paper and into the hat they go. The drawing will be held on Feb. 1st 2013.
The prize for January will be announced next week. 
So leave a comment and get your first entry!
Feather Wig Instructions and Custom Hair Tutorials here: http://monstercrush.blogspot.com/2012/06/custom-monster-high-tutorial-hair-and.html


  1. Hi PB!
    I personally love Rochelle's origanal hair, but yours will proberly be awesome!!! I always thought the stuff sticking out under her fringe was some kind of glue overload, but now I know better! I just love the swimsuit that you have designed, its perfect for a trip to Skull Shores or Gloom Beach! I love sewing although it will take 1000 metres of fabric, 99,000 tread spools and 2 years until I can see like you!!!!

    1. Thanks for the kind words :)

      The great thing about Monster High dolls is that you can customize them to suit you- and have some fun too!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this wig tutorial. I am planning on using some barbie, ken and gi joe dolls for some new art projects and wanted to redo their hair. So this is perfect timing. I am really new to remaking any of these small dolls. I have terrible vision so, I know an magnifier will be my best friend. Again thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Cody~

      So glad it might help you. I love the things you create! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  3. Thank you for the tuto, I'm looking forward to the next part!!

  4. Hello from Spain:. Wow, wow. Your work is awesome. I like the new hair. Thanks for the tutorial .. Keep in touch

  5. Thank You Marta :)

    Want to see some cool stuff? Visit Marta's blog:


  6. Great tutorial so far, can't wait to see more! And thank you for sharing the site where you get your hair from, I've been trying to find some myself but I wasn't sure where to look. :-)

    1. Thanks Heather :)

      I have bought hair from lots of different sellers. Finding someone who sells quality and is affordable is super. Stella's is a recent find.

  7. Hi, Just a question
    Supposing if you wanted to try out someting new and you need Rochelle bald, how would you do it?

    1. Go here to learn how to remove all of your doll's hair:

  8. Frankie's 2-piece set is too cute for words!

    1. Thank You :) It is sold. I am doing more school girl style clothing these days.

  9. This is so helpful! Can't wait to try it but I'm being kinda wimpy. :( Thanks for this turoial!