When the glue feels dry to the touch, you can remove the rubber band holding down the fabric and carefully peel the wig cap/fabric from the head. Leave the plastic wrap in place. You may find the inside of the wig cap is still tacky. Leave it off the head for a few hours to completely dry the glue. Once the cap is all dry, you can carefully cut away the excess fabric until all you have left is the cap that will form the base of the wig. Follow the traced hairline you drew earlier before applying the glue. See Steps Five and Six below.
Step five: Removing the gauze Step Six: Cut the cap to size
Now you can try the wig cap back on over the plastic wrapped head. We still need to make sure the head is protected from any glue. Do any extra trimming of the cap now, making sure her ears are not covered. Take a look at the back of the cap. If it does not seem tight enough to the head you make need to take a few stitches. See Steps Seven & Eight below.
Step seven: Check fit Step eight: Stitch if needed.
Great! Now the wig cap is made and we can apply the Tibetan Lamb or mohair. For this demo I am using Tibetan Lamb on the skin as seen below. I cut off small small sections and lay them down neatly so I can grab what I need as I work. See photos below.
I have experimented with many types of glue for applying the Tibetan Lamb Fur or mohair. It came down to FabriTac and Aleenes Fast GrabTacky Glue. The FabriTac glue dries in seconds, which makes it ideal for almost the entire procedure. However, since it is so thick, it can be felt through the hair and is a bit lumpy. So, when I get to the top layers of the hair I switch to a white Tacky glue. It dries much slower, but works well.
I start by applying the locks to the back of the head first, down by the neck line. Lay down a line of glue and make sure the ends are pressed into the glue A toothpick is handy for this, although fingers work just as well. Just make sure the glue catches the ends of the locks. What doesn’t catch will come out later when you comb or style the hair. See Step Eight below.
Step eight: Start applying mohair to back of head Step nine: Sides of head
I then apply glue to one side of the head and add Tibetan Lamb fur or mohair, then do the opposite side of the head. See Step Nine above.
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