✦ Find out how to attach headpieces to wigs in this week's tutorial ✦
Big hair pieces, elaborate horns, large antlers, floating helmets — artwork and costume designs have genuinely developed to be 'out of this world'. Hairpieces and other head-centric costume items that are not available in the real world (at least to humans) have been a difficulty to cosplayers for several reasons.
➊ Weight ➊
A body can handle a lot of weight in armor and props but on your head? That's a whole new level of comfort and safety.
➋ Mobility ➋
Cosplayers usually need to travel their costumes, however, headpieces might be difficult to transport if they aren't made to break down like armor and accessories. We must consider headpieces as another piece of armor or a prop weapon, which includes portability.
➌ Design and Reality ➌
If a concept is not intended for use in real-world circumstances, it does not have to be discarded. Most cosplays question reality, therefore converting an unreal concept into a real-world costume includes more than just the armor and decorations; it also includes your wig and helmet.
The same preparation and creation that goes into your costume must also go into your headpiece, so examine the three aspects above before digging in to create your cosplay wig and headpieces.
Breaking down your headpiece into small sections that can be easily dismantled and rebuilt is one of the most important methods to accomplish the best of the three objectives mentioned. This reduces the object's weight and allows for simpler transit and, ultimately, a better design for the wearer.
There are several methods for attaching huge wig parts and headpieces to a base wig, but here are a few that are commonly utilized in the cosplay world today.
➊ Buckles ➊
Buckles sewn into the wig are one of the less visible ways to attach a headpiece like a crown or a mask. For example, if you want a crown or mask to stay on your head rather than just sitting atop your wig, attach one half of a buckle or snap to nylon strapping and then glue the strapping to the interior of the mask.
Secure the second side of the buckle to the nylon strap, and then determine where the strapping should link to your wig to allow the mask to rest securely on top of your head. Slide the nylon strap beneath an inch or two of hair, taking care not to tug it up or to the side unnaturally, and stitch the ends of the nylon strap straight to the wig base.
When the mask looks to merely adhere to your head with no real connections, you can employ magnetic snaps. The weight of the mask also helped counteract the weight of the wig, maintaining it all in place on your head.
➋ Chicago Screws ➋
If you want to attach any form of headgear, such as antlers or horns, but without a headband poking out, be able to detach it. A good recommendation is the Chicago Screws or Neodymium Magnets. The screws are preferred because magnets can dislodge when touched or scraped roughly, but screws are sturdy.
You'll need to fasten the short female portion of the screw fitting into your horn or antler for this. Stuff the base of your horn or antler with foam before cutting a small hole to insert the screw piece. A dab of hot glue or Gorilla Glue keeps the screw piece in place.
Then, make a little hole in your wig where you want the attachment to go. Insert the long part of the screw-up through a piece of the firm material beneath the wig.
You may construct an X about 3 inches across with Worbl, heat shape it to the size of my head for security, and then put the screw up through the middle of the X and then through the wig's hole. Attach the long piece up in your wig into the female connector in your horn or antler.
The best thing about this technique is that it is not definitive, as you can remove the connection and detach the antlers for transit.
➌ Glue ➌
This is useful for big attachments that do not have to be detached for transit but require some extra support from inside structures.
You may build two different insulation foam cores for the headpieces in a two-ponytail wig and cover the cores in wig hair. Then, using the same way as the screws, attach it to the wig, but instead of a female connection, use a nail to push it up from beneath the wig, and glue the nail to the interior of the foam core for each ponytail.
This is permanent since you can't tear the nail off after it's bonded into the headpiece, but it works well for connecting larger components to wig bases.
Aside from attaching a headpiece to a headband, there are other ways to fix it using buckles, snaps, screws, or nails. The greatest thing is that many of these ways not only look nicer but can also be easily disassembled for travel or reuse.
And that's it! ♡
You are ready to use your cool horns or masks with your cosplay wig and have a long happy convention and travel. I hope this helps and see you next Monday!
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