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Hair on her heady-head-head

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by scarylarrywolf, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. Hey, I'm working on an elderly female puppet and I need to know how Miss Piggy's hair (Or any Muppet with synthetic human hair) is attached. Her head seems too free and flexible for it to be a wig, 'cuz I've found that they're very heavy.

    I'm quite under-educated when it comes to using synthetic hair, but I went to a wig store and found some hair that wasn't attached to the netting;and without the netting it feels very light weight. Is it wise to try to attach the hair without the netting? Is that close to how Piggy's hair is attached?
  2. HandySam

    HandySam New Member

    If you go checkin out Miss Piggy like that, you may get a frog in your face.
  3. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I don't know, but I would guess that Piggy's hair probably is a wig (albeit a high quality one). You can hand-punch hair in to foam latex, but that's very labour intensive. In my experience most cheap Halloween-style wigs look exactly like that, cheap. Really nice wigs costs anywhere from $70 and up so they can really break the bank. What kind of hair do you need?
  4. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    A Tip: Dont go to a wig or hair store, Go to a doll store. I bought the most amazing Blonde Dolls wig for Under Five Pounds ($3.50!)
  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    That's right! D'oh! I should have mentioned that. Doll wigs are much, much cheaper and usually better looking (and better fitting!).
  6. HandySam

    HandySam New Member

    I know that your not looking for a rough texture look for hair but i read in here on some thread where a person took yarn (the kind u make baby blankets out of) and unwove it till it was individual strings. I'd think if u used something like needle point and then glued the stems inside the head u could make a puppets hair that way. I thought the puppets hair turned out pretty well. There is alot of info in this forum on making hair for puppets.
  7. Thanks for all the feedback! I'm looking for straight synthetic gray hair that I can put up in a bun, or at least fake a bun by attaching some hair to half of a styrofoam ball and sticking it on the wig in the back of the head. This needs to be secure and light weight... and simple would certainly be desired! :rolleyes:

    Thanks for giving me so much to go on!
  8. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Well, I'm sure if you looked hard enough you'd be able to find straight, gray hair... maybe in online doll shops. We found an outlet with all types of fur, maybe we'll find one with all types of hair.
  9. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    Here's another thought to consider. Because of the styling you mention, does it actually need to be hair? You might find that a sheet of foam or fabric applied to the head with a small sculpted bun would fit the bill. Then you could streak it with black or gray paint to get the desired "combed back hair" look.

    Sometimes we get so caught up in the literal interpretations that we forget to be creative!

    And now for the disclaimer of irony. If you look at my avatar, you'll notice that he has no hair! I tried everything I could find...yarn, craft fur, a cut-down wig... nothing looked good! So I just opted for a hat that would compliment his character.
  10. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I have the solution! (I think)

    There's an old character I use from time to time called "Granny Gumms" I actually just learned the secret of how her hair was made from the woman that built her a few days ago - find long fun fur that is grey/black - that is grey at the top and black near the "roots", brush it back and add a mixture of white glue and water. When it dries it will look great.

    Check out this photo and if it's sort of the look you are going for maybe I can provide more detailed information.
  11. HandySam

    HandySam New Member

    Hey Granny is a really cool lookin puppet!
  12. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    Buck, you amaze me. You just keep pulling out puppet after puppet after puppet. I know you've been at this forever (and alot of people here have), but it still amazes me each time you post another picture. You should post like an album or something. Everyone should.

    btw, I like her.
  13. HandySam

    HandySam New Member

    I dont think he made granny. he said he just used her. still a really cool looking puppet.
  14. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    My bad. I just learning to read.
  15. HandySam

    HandySam New Member

    I understand. New set of pupils right?
  16. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    :o Thanks.

    Like Phantom said, I just used her, I didn't build her. You should have seen some of the stuff I used to have when I had a real puppet building business. I had 200+ puppets - it was quite a collection. Everything from little hand puppets to Audrey II.

    Storage became an issue after I got married a few years ago so a lot of puppets were sold to puppeteers or auctioned on ebay around 2000-01 and I had to get rid of a lot of stuff when I shut down my puppet building business.

    Most of the puppets I have now are new ones I've built in the last year for "Bear Town" or old puppets I didn't want to part with. I plan to put a gallery of all the newer ones up on the "Bear Town" site in month or two once I'm finished building.
  17. Yeah, Buck, that's kinda what I had in mind. I do want the hair to be kinda boofy though, and in the picture it looks a little closer to the head than what I had in mind. I'm going to look around at some doll shops though -- the last shop I went to had wigs that were slightly too small, but they didn't have a big selection either.

    Jinx -- that foam idea sounds really cool. I'll toy around with that for a while too.

    Thanks to everyone for all the tips!
  18. Show and Tell

    Show and Tell Member

    I was wondering what a beard and mustache would look like in foam.
  19. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Rick Lyon uses petite wigs sewn to the head. VERY expensive.
  20. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    But VERY nice! :)

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