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Need puppet wigs

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Princeton, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. Princeton Guest

    There's a couple craft stores near me but none of them have a decent selection of puppet wigs. Can anyone help me?
  2. ravagefrackle New Member


    You cant really buy puppet wigs, you might get lucky witha doll wig , but for the most part you need to buy a regular small wig then, trim them,and purhaps take out a gusset in the back and stich it up again, it can be tricky work. custimize it for your own purposes, try wig stores or costume supply places, or just use fake fur or ostrich feather boas,
  3. Iokitek New Member

    dolls

    I read someone used old dolls and just scalped them. :p
  4. Princeton Guest

    I just looked at some of the wig outlet websites in my area, and didn't really find what I was looking for. But what you guys can do to help me is give me a link for some inexpensive wigs. Thanx!
  5. ravagefrackle New Member


    i dont know were to send you for inexpensive wigs, i spent 50 dollars on a wig for a portrait puppet at a local wig store, i think that is low price for a well styled wig, not all puppet materials are cheap,

    i know that on avenue Qsome of the wigs cost around 1 to 2 hundred dollars , and were then styled by a hair stylist.
    good luck,
  6. Show and Tell Member

    Sorry for the newbie Qestion but what is Avenue Q exactly? I've heard lots about it in the forum here but never really understood what it is. Is it a production?
  7. I went through a very detailed system of constructing my own "wig" for a puppet. I bought a wig that was not attached to a net for only $3 US, and then basically divided it into two layers of hair, duct tapes off the ends to hold them together, then stitched them tightly to a piece of fabric that was the same type of that used for the scalp. Then I cut a slit down the center of the head and inserted that scrap with the hair attached to it and stitched the scrap to the surrounding scalp fabric. It makes a nice part down the middle of the head, but I don't exactly know the look you're going for. I'm sure you could figure something out with an un-netted wig.
  8. Buck-Beaver Active Member

    See for yourself. :)
  9. Muppetsdownunder New Member

    For a very cheap wig and a pretty ok one at that I have been experimenting with mop heads, theres a shop near here that is a whole warehouse full of weird stuff and they have thousands of these mop heads for about 50 cents which make a great wig for certain puppets. they can be trimmed, dyed, platted or whatever you need to do to them.
  10. Show and Tell Member

    I've never seen this kind of puppetry where the puppeteers stand in full view like that. Really good puppetry by the way but I didn't care for the vulgarity. Just my opinion but I think they would have been just as informative and down to earth also getting their point across without all the filthy talk. Still it was interesting to see this different type of puppetry. Do they always perform without a stage to hide behind? Sorry for the muffin ...And now back to our regularly scheduled thread...:smirk:
  11. I recently summoned all my testosterone and bravely stepped into Claire's at the mall. I found a "wig-comb" thing that apparently girls beautify themselves with -- it's like a tiarra except instead of the crown thingy on the top it has hair. It's only $6.50 USD and seemed size-appropriate for most puppets. So there's another hair option someone might like to experament with!
  12. robinthecrow New Member

    Speaking of wigs... I'm trying to style fur into a certain hair style... into a point... or even a parting... with fur. Not an actual wig or anything. But synthetic fur? I tried heating the hair up and styling it with the end of my hot glue gun but it got hairy!!!

    Any ideas?

    David.

    (ps i did post this question -of sorts- on my "A beginning..." thread but nobody looks at that anymore)
  13. Buck-Beaver Active Member

    Use diluted white glue, it takes a bit of experimentation to get it right but it works really well for styling synthetic fur.
  14. Melonpool Member

    I was told by a lady at a costume shop that the cheapie synthetic wigs should work for most puppets. The only problem is that they're almost impossible to style -- or even comb. But she let me in on a little secret: When the synthetic wigs at the costume shop needed to be combed out, they spray Lemon Fresh Pledge into it and it reacts in some way with the hair to allow it to release. When the Pledge dries, the hair returns to it's uncomable state, but 90% of the styling you do while it's wet stays in place!

    At least until it gets messed up again.

    Steve
  15. ravagefrackle New Member


    on avenue q we just used some good quality high strenght hair spray,(if you think about it, that stuff is just glue for your hair, and since you wont be showering with the puppet im sure it will last a while,
  16. robinthecrow New Member

    Aha! Hair spray! Didn't think of that... now I feel stupid...

    Not showering with my puppets? What are you talking about? Are you mad? That's a silly thing to do...

    *returns to shower*

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