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ludicrouslouisa
« on: April 05, 2007 07:15:21 PM »

OK, I make plushies, and their hair is meticulously stitched in embroidery thread. All of the plushies I have made so far have had straight hair (they're based off real people so each plushie is an original). But if I want to make a plush of someone with curly hair, how do I make the hair curl? Will I have to use another material for hair, or can I make the embroidery thread curl?
Right now I'm trialing hair gel, plaiting the thread (hopefully it will be curly when it unravels) and PVA glue.
Has anyone done this before and can they give me pointers?
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2007 07:31:32 PM »



Hmm... I haven't tried this, but you might try coating it with thread wax or beeswax, spiraling it around a dowel, and leaving it overnight before removing the dowel..

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2007 09:48:56 PM »

If you can knit, perhaps knit some and hope when you unravel it it's curly. I just remember how yarn does that. Embroidery thread could be different...
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ludicrouslouisa
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2007 05:38:23 AM »

I trialled something like the wax one, but with glue. I also tried soybean gel (for real people's hair) but it wasn't as stiff, and if I have to send it anywhere it might not come under quarantine...so glue will probably do it Cheesy
If I end up making this doll I'm going to have to charge a motza for her! She's going to be so damn fiddly!

(I always end up nearly doing microsurgery)
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2007 10:16:46 AM »

how about plaiting the thread, using hairspray to set it, then undoing the plait? Would that work?
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ultconsumer
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2007 11:45:15 PM »

Could you use boucle yarn?  That's usually what people use to make waldorf doll hair.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007 04:28:38 PM »

What's that?
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2007 07:31:11 PM »

It's yarn that already looks curly.  Here's a link:
http://www.joyswaldorfdolls.com/dollmaking_supplies/yarn_for_doll_hair.htm

She spells it "bouclez".  It's the second choice on the page and they show an example of a doll with that kind of hair.  It's basically yarn with little loops in it.

Here's another link that shows it with short hair as well.
http://www.joyswaldorfdolls.com/dollmaking_supplies/pre-made_doll_wigs.htm
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Debra
I would be interested in doing personal swaps.
ISO:  skulls, skeletons, pirate stuff.
IHA or can make:  Waldorf doll making supplies, diaper making supplies, altoid tins, stuffies like ugly dolls, wool roving/needle felting

I have a wist, I have a wist!! 
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2007 01:25:51 AM »

That's pretty cool but I'll probably end up doing individual curls cause I need them a little less frizzy and more ringletty than that Cheesy thanks for the help anyway.
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