Thursday 09/19/2002 0:44:44am
||OK, you are the best sixth scale hairdresser I've seen! seriously, I can never get new hair/wigs to look right. The dolly hair glue just goes all clumpy, or doesn't stick at all. I guess it's a case of too much or too little. Perhaps the wig hair I'm using is too heavy. Currently, I use fake hair extention stuff from a local salon. What is better? How do I glue it on the way you do?
Teach me! Teach me!
Also, golly, where do you get your eyes?
Well, not YOUR eyes, but the eyes in your figs.
Mold me in your image, O Master!
Gee Diana, that thar flattery shor do work wonders! (I dunno if I agree with it, but who am I to argue with it? :-)
Hair... arrrgh! It is aggravating to work with and I don't have any magical solutions-- just careful gluing. (Wish I did, and I'm still trying.) I've used several materials for hair, from yarn to angora. I stay away from the stuff that they use on most commercial dolls because I think it looks too coarse, stiff, and plasticky. I guess its advantage is that it styles well and is probably the thing to use for rerooting.
The biggest problem with angora is that it is so fine; it's like fine rabbit fur-- it flies everywhere, gets over everything and doesn't want to stay put. It's very aggravating, and gluing it means that you inevitably get clumps glued to your fingers, tools, and just about everything else you can imagine (Making the wolf skin was a real test of my patience). After it's attached, its unruly nature can be tamed somewhat by using 1:1 scale hair styling products-- mousse and those other products that women use to make their hair like helmets. There's a lot of shedding too... but handling eventually takes care of that.
As I said, I glue (Fabri-Tack) instead of rerooting. It's a "sculptural" approach, done mainly for texture and shape, whereas rerooting allows for more flexibility in styling and restyling-- the "play" aspect. While gluing is a less "craftsmanship" way of doing the job, the advantage is that it can be removed easily if you need to repaint a head. I think it allows you to lay the hair down flatter at an angle on the scalp instead of going vertical through a re-rooting hole. That's useful when you don't want "big hair".
The eyes are home-made. I haven't found those nice glass doll eyes in a small enough size (5mm-6mm), so I drill beads, paint, and varnish them. As you can imagine, it's very difficult to paint the iris with anywhere near the detail that's possible with a larger eye-- but then, if you can't see stuff that small, maybe it doesn't matter? Still, I've been thinking about using this process in conjunction with 2400 dpi printing on photo film to see if that produced good, crisp non-dithered irises. But then you have to trim the prints as circles and try not to make 'em look horrible-- see? It's always sumpin'!