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I feel your pain there. Arda makes very nice wigs, but the cap size tends to run a bit larger, which means when you’ve got a small head, they don’t sit right. I also have this issue, which is why I rarely order from Arda despite liking both their selection and quality.
Re-sizing a wig smaller is a bit of work, but less work than making one bigger.
Luckily, the internet has our backs here, and there are a couple of tutorials on how to make the wigs smaller. Arda even endorses two of the three I’m posting.
For wigs that are too big near the crown:
For wigs that are too large just all around:
Hi! There’s actually a couple of methods available to you.
There are a variety of pre-made facial hair (both beards and sideburns) appliances out in the world that can be applied with spirit gum pretty much straight out of the package. They’re often sold at higher end costuming shops and wig retailers. I’ve never had need to shop for them myself, so I cannot recommend a particular shop, but a quick Google search turned up this catalog just to give you an idea of some of the variety that’s out there: [link] (Please shop around to find the best deal.)
On a more DIY (and potentially cheaper) route, we’ve previously reblogged this tutorial [link] on using crepe hair to make a beard or stubble.
Additionally, there are a few purely make-up routes for getting the stubble effect. I like these tutorials:
Hi! I’m not sure how your armor is set up but we have a post on attaching armor which might help you: http://projectcosplay.net/post/40108618765
As for the horns, are they fixated on a helmit or are they individual horns which you are attaching to your head? If you have a reference photo, it will help us help you! Thanks!
YES OF COURSE MY SON ill publish this ask because it might be useful for others
so here’s the thing with said trim
i would have used bias tape as usual for this, except for two things: it’s meant to be seamless-looking and metallic, neither of which you can accomplish with bias tape. SO WHAT DID I DO
this is going to sound completely crazy but it’s heat n bonded pleather vinyl. ‘why would you use heat n bond on vinyl??? are u insane??? wouldnt it melt???? did you wreck your iron???? did you burn yourself?????’ the answer to all of those questions except the last one is no.
HERES WHAT U NEED
heat n bond ultrahold (that’s the one in the red pack) (you can also buy it by the metre at most fabric stores i’ve been to so buy as much as you need for whatever trim you’re putting on?)
your pleather/vinyl - the softer the better. if it has a suede or polyester backing then we’re in business
and that’s all you need aside from an iron
read the heat n bond instructions then figure out how much trim you want. i had to cut some angular shapes so i just cut a huge square about 1.5 feet x 1.5 feet from my pleather. i cut the same amount from the heat n bond, then i ironed it on. iron it on smooth!!! then let it cool.
heat n bond has a paper backing so you can use a pencil to trace whatever shapes you need onto it. in my case it was straight lines and angles, so it was easy, but if you’re doing something more specific, remember that you have to sketch it on backwards so it shows the right way when you iron it on.
cut your shapes out and peel the backing off of them. you should have a lot of leftover. keep the leftover big chunks of paper lining. you need them!!!
line up your shapes or trims wherever they need to go. put your iron at about a medium setting, though you should test the whole thing on scrap fabric first because everyone’s iron is different.
don’t just smack your iron down because if you do you’ll melt your pleather onto your iron and all over your fabric and you’ll cry. this is where the leftover paper lining comes in handy. put it shiny side down on top of your vinyl, then iron over the paper. you shouldn’t need to hold it down for more than a few seconds, but do it firmly and in strokes. peel the paper off right away, then wait for it to cool and test to see if it’s affixed. if it’s not, no problem- iron over it again.
the nice side effect of the ironing is that it takes the pleather from a slightly textured, leathery finish to a perfectly sleek shiny smooth one. and then you have magical metallic trims with no visible seams!!!! we all win.
Costuming: the search for balance between accuracy, expediency, originality, expense, comfort, elegance and oh god the con is in a week where is the hot glue