Making wig for full body mask

To add to the movement of the piece as well as help blur the lines between mask and puppeteer I decided to make a wig.

I decided to test some of the pieces of netting fabric to see if i could make them curled for the hair. I did this first by wrapping them tightly around a wooden spoon and submerging it in boiling water for 5 mins

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This worked well but the curls were very small and the process was time consuming so I thought if i could roll and boil each strand at the same time it would be better.

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so i tried rolling them and pinning them in place

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But they didnt work so i tried making rollers from chicken wire to make them tight.

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This worked but for some reason the curls were very delicate and i was worried that with all the movement of the mask the curls would drop anyway.

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So i decided that curling all the hair was not worth my time and that having straight strand would be just as effective.

So I started by making a cap to the shape of the head from tent fabric using darts to make hug the form.

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I cut the excess of the base fabric to make the edges fringed. I then started sewing layers of scrap netting I salvaged from textiles’ scrap bin to the cap.

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The strips of selve edge netting scraps were very long so to make it quicker and easier than sewing each strand on individually I strung them together to make strips of loops to sew on in layers.

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I made a timelapse video of the process and put it on my instagram account:

Once the mask was complete I drilled 3 pairs of holes in to the head and sewed a piece of wool in those place on the wig for it to be tied to the head.

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