Animefest - Malindachan's Wig Construction panel (part 1 of 4)





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Published on Dec 4, 2011

From Animefest 2011 in Dallas, TX.
I censored my email so I wouldn't get spam; I much prefer people contact me with cosplay questions through Deviantart notes anyway.

I was pretty nervous lol; this is the first panel I've hosted all by myself. There were a lot of ideas and things I wish I could have thrown in but wasn't thinking about them at the time.

A dear friend of mine was going to do some panels at the con, and I volunteered to co-host his wig panel with him (it's for more advanced wig techniques, but we wanted to cover a lot of basic stuff too since the only other wig panel of the weekend was on the last day of the con). An emergency arose and he was unable to attend the convention, but I chose to keep the wig panel going even though I wasn't as experienced in certain areas of wig construction as he is. I think I did pretty well under the circumstances, and I feel the attendees got a lot out of it; some actually came up with more questions after the panel was over and wanted to see some of the wigs up close, but that wasn't filmed.

Sorry if anything is hard to hear or see; I would have brought visuals or something if I had known I was going to be by myself, though I don't think the room had a projector anyway XD

Much thankies to my friends that came for moral support and to help record this; It really meant a lot.

The wig websites I make references to are Amphigory, Cosworx, and Arda-wigs (those are the places where I shop the most). There are also some other good places like Epic Cosplay, Cosplayfu, & ebay. Party City wigs are NOT recommended.

Something I'd also like to point out that I forgot to: A lot of Arda's wigs are actually heat resistant, but several of their wig styles are still spikey-style friendly (like I said say a couple times in these videos, the wigs with the frizzed roots are easier for spiking compared to the super silky wigs that have skin caps or no frizzed roots at all).

Also, in the second half of the panel I talk about wig painting for Death the Kid wigs. Acrylics should work fine. I just don't recommend spray paint or something that could crack or react badly with the plastic wig fibers.

Another wonderful armature possibility that I totally forgot to mention that is ridiculously useful; upholstery foam! It's lightweight, and you can build all sorts of shapes that you can cover with hair. The possibilities for armatures is almost endless; it really just depends on what you're doing and what's practical.


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