Making a BJD wig with alpaca fiber


Hello everyone! This is Lomi, back with round
2 for Rune’s wig. For this attempt, I decided to use alpaca fiber, because I thought it
might lay better than the synthetic wig. I ordered raw fiber off Etsy, then cleaned and
brushed it myself. Since this was my first time working with
alpaca fiber, I used Aleene’s Super Fabric Adhesive to make it into wefts, spreading
glue across the top of each lock and making sure it’s glued all the way through. This
glue is super toxic, so definitely use a respirator if you use it. After the glue is dry, the
wefts will look like these two that got stuck together. I cut the uneven part off the top
to make them easier to manage. Then it’s time to make the wig cap. This time
around I’m using some nylon socks for slip on shoes. They’re pretty much the same as
pantyhose, but I was able to get a big pack of these at the dollar store. With plastic
under the material, I coat the whole thing with a lot of white glue and then brush it
around to cover the whole head. Be sure to get around the ears and down the back of the
head! Once the glue is dry, I use a water soluble
pencil to mark the hairline and direction I want the hair to lay, just like the last
wig, but this time I cut the wig cap out before I add the hair. I keep the plastic on, of
course, so I don’t glue the wig to his head. Using more of the fabric adhesive, I start
applying wefts at the ponytail and in front of the ears. His hair won’t be this long,
and normally if you want a natural looking hairstyle, you’d cut the locks of alpaca hair
to make them the length you want before you make a wig. But as I mentioned in the last
video, Rune’s hair is supposed to be kind of rough and choppy, so I’m working from the
top and cutting off the ends to make another wig later. I apply wefts all the way to the edges of the wig, adding extra glue on the ends if they don’t want to stick down. Once I reach the edges, I cut the glued top
of the wefts a lot thinner and then attach them at the very edge, with the hair hanging
in the opposite direction from what I want, so that when I fold it back, it creates a
nice natural hairline. This is similar to what I did on the other wig, but it’s on top
of the other wefts instead of being on the inside edge of the wig cap. That’s because
this type of hard cap fits a lot tighter on the front and sides than the soft wig cap
I used before. After the glue dries, I fold all these edge
pieces back and brush it all smooth. Unlike the front of the wig, the back has a looser
fit. That’s actually really convenient, since there’s a tricky spot at back corner that
can only be covered by gluing a small weft to the underside of the wig cap and folding
it back over the edge. I add that piece on both sides, and remove a few stray hairs my
husky contributed to the project, then tie back his ponytail.
I first position the ponytail higher than I want it, so that when I lower it a half
inch or so later, the top of the ponytail will be a bit shorter and spikier than the
bottom. Then I cut off the extra. I ordered some thinning shears to help reduce the fluffiness
of the ponytail, but they’re not here yet, so for now I just snip the extra off the hanging
pieces and then trim the ends a bit so they’re rough but not blocky.
And here’s how the second attempt turned out! I like it a lot better than the synthetic
wig, even if I have to wait for my thinning shears to arrive to finish the ponytail and
complete the styling. That’s all for today, though. Thanks for watching. Bye!

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