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Fur Wig Tutorial by Rorek Fur Wig Tutorial by Rorek
A couple of different people have asked me to make a tutorial next time I made a wig. Well, I got this pretty pink fur and wanted to make a wig for Ichigo from it, so I went ahead and took pictures along the way. I hope this is helpful to anyone who wants to make wigs. Ichigo's wig pattern was custom fitted for him, using a different pattern as a template. The original pattern can be found here, compliments of Undead Threads.

Ichigo is an Asian styled ball-jointed doll. His mold is Volks Ko-Tenshi Tsubaki. Ichigo and all rights associated with him belong to me, Rorek.

It looks like Undead Threads is down for the moment, so I've put the patterns on my photobucket for the time being.
SD Wig, MSD Wig, Yo-SD Wig
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:icondebauchedtrickster:
debauchedTrickster Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
this is really useful! thank you. where do you buy your faux fur from?
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:iconbesulalea:
Besulalea Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!! VERY HELPFUL!!! Thank you sooo much for making this!!! =^________^=
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:iconkutiekitsune213:
kutiekitsune213 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this on a cosplay site on wig making and thought it was a tutorial for a real wig, not a doll's.. Would've liked that to have been the case..
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:iconthegreatmustache:
TheGreatMustache Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
where did you bought this fur? I can't find a shop :(
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:iconrifmorestudios:
RifmoreStudios Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
You can get that from Micheal's 
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:icongravitiger:
GraviTiger Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for this. :D
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:iconmluizacr:
Mluizacr Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
awn *w*
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:iconmoogimonster:
MoogiMonster Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think I could adapt this to a fursuit/costume head?
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:iconukuli:
Ukuli Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconschizophrenic-alice:
SCHIZOPHRENIC-ALICE Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you A LOT!!
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:iconemobunny09:
EmoBunny09 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you know how to find a pattern for a SD size doll?
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:iconlil-saph-fox:
lil-saph-fox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the most useful thing I've found in the inter-webs about that topic, thank you alot :"3
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:iconfree-falling:
Free-Falling Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Any idea how well this would work for a normal sized human being? :P I'm sure there's some cool cosplay wigs you could make that way!
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I could work, but there are probably better ways in full scale verses 1/3, 1/4, etc. It's a little easier to fudge the details on the smaller scale, where the fur is proportionally much thicker.
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:iconflarethefox3:
FlareTheFox3 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if the front and the back of the wig are the same then wouldn't the fabric get in the dolls eyes?
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Theoretically yes, but the custom fit of the side, and general shape of the doll's head usually prevents this. Some styling is necessary, and you may find that you need to alter the pattern for a better fit for your doll.
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Scarletfrost Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial. I used your technique here: [link]
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! It looks like your Cat girl turned out nicely. :]
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Scarletfrost Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. She's a silver fox, actually. XP
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah my apologies, I think everything is a cat. :P She turned out cute regardless.
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:iconminya100:
minya100 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
do you know what brand the fur is XD
whenever i look for faux fur,its always very very short!
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The fur that I have used, I've ordered online from Distinctive Fabrics. They have short and longpile furs. The ones I've used are considered short, and work best for short fluffy wigs. If you want longer like this pink, that is a longer pile fur. Occasionally I find the faux furs in local fabric stores, usually leading up to Halloween.
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:iconminya100:
minya100 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
ah,thanks. that's very helpful :3
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saiyukiko29 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
wow!!! dis is really helpful... it saves a lot of money... imma try doin dis doh i suck at stitching XD
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:iconalton-nightshade:
alton-nightshade Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I found this very informative, glad I came across it. Do these patterns lend themselves well to making cosplay wigs?
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Faux-fur patterns are way too short for human head sized wigs, unless you want a pixie hair cut for the wig, than maybe it could work.
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alton-nightshade Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I was looking for something that I could use as a pattern for a cosplay wig, I did find something and it worked well enough. Wish I had found some fur with a longer pile though, but hindsight is 20/20.
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BeanSproutMomo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial!
thank you so much!
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VirgoGarg Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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:iconchulitna:
Chulitna Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thats awesome! and so helpfully!
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:iconkayanah:
kayanah Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice! :D
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:iconkieran-blaine:
Kieran-Blaine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Photographer
This is a wonderful help for my doll that's coming in the mail in just a few days! I'm not using fur though, I'm brushing a lot of yarn until it becomes super fluffy and soft and sewing it to fabric. :D I'll post pictures showing how it turned out!
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How did the wig turn out?
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:iconkieran-blaine:
Kieran-Blaine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Photographer
It kinda died. I used hair extensions instead.
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:iconalchemical:
Alchemical Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
What a great tutorial! Thanks!
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dhawktx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Here's the new online addy for Undead Threads!

[link]
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VampirRequiem Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Great Tutorial! Thanks! :tighthug:

For MSD BJD, can you put the measurment (in cm) please?
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The MSD in question is a 45cm I believe. Ichigo is a Volks Tsubaki, and he has the standard size body.
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:iconvampirrequiem:
VampirRequiem Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thanks, I take your tutorial to helping me to make my own wig! It's perfect!
And it's easy when you know do it.
thanks for your tutorial :D
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Panachi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOOKS LIKE COTTON CANDY :iconnomplz:
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Chrissy-77 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
you wouldn't happen to have a pattern for the tiny sizes would you? the bjd i will be ordering will have 4-5 wig size, or if you can suggested how to alter your pattern then i can do it too. thank you so much :)
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
If you printed the yo-size at about 75-80% that might work. I don't have anything specifically for the 4-5 wig size, but I know the Yo-size wig is generally 6-7. You'll probably have to test print it a few times.
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Chrissy-77 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student General Artist
okay. will do. thank you :)
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S-helleh Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
can i do this with real fur?
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know what the results would be with real fur, as I have not had the luxury of access to real fur. I think the only real difference would be finding the lay of the fur before cutting, and taking into account any difference in texture or lay.
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barbee0913 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Hello, Do you still have the patterns around, I don't see them. And the other site is still down. Trying to make a wig that will actually fit. Thanks,
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Rorek Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I do still have the patterns. I don't know what size you need, so here they are in order of SD, MSD, and Yo-SD.

[link]
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Zerelixon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have any fur around at the moment, so I'm using the pattern you gave and some thinking to make a wig with hair wefts instead =D Halfway down and it looks nice so far. Thank you so much for this tutorial and I'll try to make a fur wig when I get my hands on some fur in a week =D It looks so fun!
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:iconrorek:
Rorek Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you could use the pattern for a headcap for the base of a wig pretty well. :] How did your wig turn out?
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:iconzerelixon:
Zerelixon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The wig actually didn't end up too bad :D But I did some mistakes so I'll have to re-do it in another way sometime. ^^ It fits very well though. :D
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