- Fabric adhesive (glue)
- Marking tool
- Plastic wrap
- Masking tape
- Latex gloves
- Pencil or crafting stick
1. Washing the head removes prospective staining (dust, dirt, etc) while the head is saran wrapped. Dish washing liquid promotes oil removals.
2. Cut a square of saran wrap with an extra 2 inches for taping later. Seran wrap the head as displayed above left. Keep good tensions in your wrapping. Don’t wrap the head with too much tension, you’ll risk ripping the saran and an odd fitting wig. Be patient about smoothing all wrinkles, but heads are organic shapes so bring in the two main folds to the back left and back right of the skill. Pull the allowance straight down and twist into a “tail”, tape to keep everything together.
3. Collect your tail to a pencil or art stick and apply masking tape, now you can prop your cap for drying. I used a tennis ball container with a hole punched through the last lid to hold my prop.
Step 1: After taping the saran wrap cut a square of gauze with an extra 2 inches for taping later. Smooth wrinkles as flat as you can, pull the tail down, wrap, and tape.
Step 2: Apply a fabric glue glob to the cap, with gloves hands spread the glue into the surface and create an even smooth layer. Set to dry for at least one hour.
Step 3: When the first layer is dry repeat Step 2, except this time set your cap to dry for at least two hours. The thicker the layers the longer drying time required, it’s important the cap is completely dry before moving on. I set caps overnight to ensure they’re dry.
Step 4: After the wig cap is completely dried, use a marking pen to sketch out the wig’s hair line. For fashion dolls, like Monster High, this is easiest done when the doll’s bald. You can “feel” the dents around the hairline and that’s where you’ll want to mark so there’s no seams showing when the wig is on. If you’re unsure about your cutting skill try marking farther than you expect the wig’s hair line. Once the tail and excess is removed and the cap can be taken off the head it’s easier to trim edge details.
Here’s a look at the final wig cap after trimming.
We hope this tutorial shines some light on making wig caps for anyone interested.