I get a lot of questions about hair, some folks even ask whether one needs to cut it off the pelt or just put it on the doll with the skin. I thought there are quite a few tutorials on the web, but I guess there is room for one more “step-by-step-how-to” on making hair on OOAK fairy out of tibetan lamb fur. Now I will have something to refer them to. Long overdue.
All right, here we go:
How to make OOAK hair out of Tibetan Lamb fur
1. Search out and put on the table: the doll, a tibetan lamb fur pelt, fabritac glue, toothpicks, sharp scissors.
2. With sharp scissors, shear the hair off the pelt, keeping scissors close to the roots. Carefully spread out the hair preserving the natural ringlets / locks of hair.
3. Pick one at a time by the MIDDLE of the lock. Holding it tight by the middle, straighten the hair out on both sides (that will remove occasional stray hairs). Make as many locks as you think you will need – you can make more later.
4. Snip the end (the root end) of the lock off. With a toothpick, apply Fabri-tac glue on all sides of the snipped end.
5. Starting from the back of the head, place the end with the glue on the head, press with a toothpick and spread it out into a thin layer. This is first “tier” – the lowest part of the back of the head. You can divide the surface of the head into sections with a pencil, just to keep you oriented.
The Fabri-tac glue is kept on a piece of paper throughout the whole process (a drop at a time, as it dries quickly).
Pick up a bit with a toothpick (in a scooping kind of motion), smudge over the end of the hair lock, plop the hair on the head, TURN THE TOOTHPICK AROUND AND PRESS WITH THE CLEAN END OF THE TOOTHPICK. Hold for a few seconds, slowly pull the toothpick away, holding the hair in place with your finger (just in case toothpick got stuck). REPLACE THE TOOTHPICK FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT GETS TOO MUCH GLUE ON IT.
One more thing – I have a spare bottle of Fabri-tac with just a bit of glue on the bottom. Before I start working with Fabri-tac, I add a bit of PURE acetone (hardware kind, not polish-remover kind) to the bottle and shake it up – that dilutes the Fabri-tac and makes it more workable.
6. Second “tier” of hair – same way:
7. Temples (cut the locks shorter – about half). When you cut the locks, cut the ROOT end, to preserve the naturally formed curly end of the lock.
8. Above the forehead – cut the locks even shorter if you want to form bangs.
9. Continue all around the head, applying hair in “tiers”, IN THE DIRECTION of the hair growth, until you come all the way to the top.
10. Prepare 3 larger locks of hair for the crown. Put a drop of glue into the little bold spot on top of the head.
11. Pick up the FIRST larger lock of hair, put the glue on the end (just like you did on all of them) and apply it on the BACK of the little bold spot AGAINST THE DIRECTION of the growth of the hair (holding hair upward).
12. Pick up the SECOND larger lock of hair, put the glue on the end (just like you did on all of them) and apply it on the LEFT side of the little bold spot AGAINST THE DIRECTION of the growth of the hair (holding hair upward).
13. Pick up the THIRD larger lock of hair, put the glue on the end (just like you did on all of them) and apply it on the RIGHT side of the little bold spot AGAINST THE DIRECTION of the growth of the hair (holding hair upward).
14. With the BLUNT side of exacto knife (not the cutting side) press down on both sides to form the parting line. That drop of glue in the middle of the little bold spot was for that purpose.
15. Let it dry for at least an hour. Will be right back.
I am back with the last batch of pictures for today.
16. Pull the hair back and apply a thin ACCURATE LINE of glue to the hairline and sideburns. Flip the hair forward, some of it will stick to the glue, hopefully just the right amount. Allow this to dry well too.
17. Once the glue is dry, wet the entire head upside down. Pat some of the dripping wet out with a towel. Work in some human hair styling gel. Find the parting line with the needle and style!
I am going to put her down and let it dry, I am sure I will style more later, but for now – here is what I have – see the pics below. It is always fun to see for the first time – after the hair is on – what she really looks like – I think she is pretty!
I started at 4:30, it is 12:30 right now, total time – 8 hours, but that includes taking pictures and writing here, so your time will be a bit shorter.