**Updated pics** "Cleopatra I" is born!

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**Updated pics** "Cleopatra I" is born!

Postby DivaVocals on Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:28 am

I have TONS of hair in my stash that I said I was going to use to make wigs.. Funny thing is I kept collecting the hair, and never got around to making the wigs..:lol: This weekend I got inspired.. So I present to you "Cleopatra I". More pics and construction details can be found here: http://public.fotki.com/DivaVocals/cleopatra-i/

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Postby sherrie215 on Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:43 am

WOW....I am impressed! Its beautiful Divavocals! Thanks for posting the pictures!

Yep....I have the hair stash too, hair that I am going to make clip ins with, but I never seem to get to it!
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Postby DivaVocals on Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:10 am

Awww thanks Sherrie.. This was a cool project.. My current work schedule is making it nearly impossible for me to schedule my next install.. So last week I did my takedown, and slapped on one of my phony ponies. I also bought a coupla of cute synthetic wigs to wear.

I was gonna roll with that until I can get my next install done, but all last week I realized that while synth phony ponies were okay, synth wigs were a different story.. IMO syth wigs are great for occasional wear, but after a week of the synth wigs, I realized that IF I was going to wear a wig for more than just an occasion, I would prefer to wear a human hair wig.. So I got inspired to finally make at least ONE of the wigs I had said I was going to make.. :D

I don't know if I'll be making a whole bunch of wigs myself.. But I am gonna make at LEAST two more.. (Already got the plans in my head for the next two.. :LOL:) I do want to get a few regular wigs custom made for me as well.

The funny thing is that my hubby really likes the wig.. Normally he could care less about my hair and what I do to it.. As long as I don't look crazy, he only comments when things are going "oh so wrong"! :lol: :lol: However this whole wigmaking project actually had his genuine interest.. (He's the one who named her Cleopatra! :lol: :lol: Hell he's the one who INSISTED the wig HAD to have a name)
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Postby Frozen_Toes on Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:42 pm

Diva- You look AMAZING!!! Tell hubby he picked a good name too!!
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Postby clipinqueen on Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:23 pm

:lol: that wig looks waaaay better than Cleopatra's hair ever did! LOL. It's beautiful and natural-looking. With BHM down, I've been thinking of making another half-wig. I already made another set of clip-ins just so I have an excuse to go into my hair stash! hahah.

OK, I'm going to go back and read how you did it now. Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous!
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Postby DivaVocals on Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:49 pm

Frozen Toes & ClipInQueen

Thanks ladies.. I'm really digging "Cleo I"..

The ticket agent at the airport gave me a nice compliment.. She told me that my hair looked too good for it to be so early in the morning (5am) :lol: I smiled at her and had a good chuckle deep inside.. I wanted to tell her "HONEY IT"S A WIG!!!" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: But instead I told her thank you and went on my merry way.. :lol: :lol:

I'm digging her so much I think I might go ahead and make another one this weekend.. I want to try a different base this time.. I'm looking at these bases:

ClipInQueen: Based on this experience I can share two things.
1. Make sure you get the right foundation.. If I did not happen to have wig comb in my stash of hair things, I would not have been able to wear "Cleopatra I" so soon. Without the comb in the front, she was not secure. Had I known this I might have considered a different foundation. (fortunately for me it all worked out fine) I would definitely do another one using this same foundation.. I just know now that I also need to purchase combs for the front to secure the wig.

2. Track placement is IMPORTANT.. I will plan out the layout a little better next time. For this project, I got part way through and realized that I was gonna run out of hair.. Turns out that by placing the tracks in a slightly different manner, it gave me MORE than enough coverage using the hair that I had... (to fix it I had to take down three rows :twisted: ) So I learned that it's not just a matter of slapping some hair on the head. Without good planning of what will go where, you could end up with not enough or too much hair on the wig..

Track placement diagrams (from http://mhrw.com/):
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Postby mahogany814 on Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:47 pm

This is FIYAH!!!!!!! You've got mail!
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Postby athena on Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:11 pm

Diva, I can't believe that is a wig and that yu made it yourself! It is truly a work of art! :supz: Great job!
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Postby DivaVocals on Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:06 pm

Mahogany: Hey girl.. Got your e-mail!!!

Athena: Thanks girl.. I was never a huge wig person, but after making and wearing this one, I'm giving it some seconds thoughts!! :LOL:

One thing's for sure this is has been a great 'tween install hair option for me.. I'm thinking about taking a stab at making a phony pony too.. I wish I knew where to get bases for hair pieces.. So in the meantime, I'm going deconstruct a few of my older rattier phony ponies and reuse the base to create new human hair phony ponies.
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Postby shyshy on Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:01 pm

This looks great vocals. How long did that take to make? You saying it's faster to make a wig than get your hair done? :D

Have you thought about sewing it on?
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Postby DivaVocals on Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:53 am

shyshy wrote:This looks great vocals. How long did that take to make?
Thanks! :D

It took a few hours to make.. I started at 8pm Friday night and finished it up Saturday early night.. I didn't work on it continuously during that time.. and I had a learning curve since this was my first wig.. I expect that the next one will take a lot less time..

shyshy wrote:You saying it's faster to make a wig than get your hair done? :D
No not at all.. I'm saying I've been busy and have not had enough free time to get my hair done. I was going to wear wigs as a 'tween style til my schedule freed up a little, and I wanted a better alternative to synth wigs.. So Cleopatra was born.. :D


shyshy wrote:Have you thought about sewing it on?
Thought about it, but the base I used for this wig is not conducive to that kind of application.. I would need a different base for that kind of application.. Plus I still need time to go get it sewn on.. (Fresh out of time right now) :)
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Postby shyshy on Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:38 am

DivaVocals wrote:
.. Plus I still need time to go get it sewn on.. (Fresh out of time right now) :)


Where's the laughing out loud icon! I forgot, that's the whole reason you made the wig!

If you do have it sewn on (when you have time) I would think they can braid around the perimeter of your hair and just tighten that braid when it's time? A lot fast than an entire weave. I never tried it but I have to wonder what it's like when you want to shower and wash your scalp.

What's cool is if you have a collection you can switch off between styles. It's a lot more freedom.
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Postby DivaVocals on Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:45 pm

shyshy wrote:
DivaVocals wrote:
.. Plus I still need time to go get it sewn on.. (Fresh out of time right now) :)


Where's the laughing out loud icon! I forgot, that's the whole reason you made the wig!
:LOL: :LOL: No worries girl.. :LOL: :LOL:

shyshy wrote:If you do have it sewn on (when you have time) I would think they can braid around the perimeter of your hair and just tighten that braid when it's time? A lot fast than an entire weave. I never tried it but I have to wonder what it's like when you want to shower and wash your scalp.
Yes that's my thought too.. It would be like sewing on one big closure.. Should take a whole lot less time.. As for washing, that's why I won't be trying this with "Cleo". The base I used for her is not conducive to a sew-in application. With the right base, scalp access should be no different than a net weave. I have no problem accessing my scalp when I wear a net weave.


shyshy wrote:What's cool is if you have a collection you can switch off between styles. It's a lot more freedom.
Yep.. that's just what I was thinking.. :D
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Postby clipinqueen on Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:37 pm

Diva, thanks for posting those diagrams! They are just perfect and really simple to follow. You made a good point about planning hair placement before actually starting. Sorry to hear you had to rip out 3 tracks and do over! Aaaack! That would really piss me off, but, then again, it probably won't happen to you ever again, so it's a valuable lesson.

I am seriously fending off the urge to purchase a wig cap for myself! haha. I love the idea of creating your own phony pony --- this is something I also have thought about doing. If you do refurbish one of your existing ones, can you let us know how that went? Would love to see what your skills will produce in the end!! thanks again.
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Postby DivaVocals on Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:17 pm

clipinqueen wrote:Diva, thanks for posting those diagrams! They are just perfect and really simple to follow.
You're very welcome.. I'll eventually update my fotki to show how I placed my tracks on this wig.. It's very similar to the diagrams I posted with a small modification.. I also placed tracks so that I ended up going around the entire perimeter of the foundation.. (It helps place the hair to frame the face in a more natural way IMO)

clipinqueen wrote:You made a good point about planning hair placement before actually starting. Sorry to hear you had to rip out 3 tracks and do over! Aaaack! That would really piss me off, but, then again, it probably won't happen to you ever again, so it's a valuable lesson.
You are sooooo right.. It pissed me off, and I almost said "screw it" and put the wig away.. :LOL: I'm glad I didn't.. and NOPE going forward, I will never have that issue again.. :LOL:

clipinqueen wrote:I am seriously fending off the urge to purchase a wig cap for myself! haha. I love the idea of creating your own phony pony --- this is something I also have thought about doing. If you do refurbish one of your existing ones, can you let us know how that went? Would love to see what your skills will produce in the end!! thanks again.
Girl you should do it.. Get a wig block and a base, and off you go.. Since I last posted I came up with yet ANOTHER idea for a future wig.. Instead of tracks in the back and sending the wig out for top ventilation, I may buy a lace frontal and doctor the underside the same way I do the lace closures to give a scalp look. This would give the wig more parting and stying possibilities. I'll definitely keep you posted if I decide to tackle doing a phony pony.. I think I created a monster! :LOL:
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