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« on: October 17, 2010 09:02:32 PM »

Hey everyone,

I'm going as Amy Wong from Futurama for Halloween and was thinking about trying to make her hair as some type of plastic/clay wig. Do you think this is possible? My initial idea was to use Model Magic and over some wire... is there a better way? Is this too ambitious?

Here is Amy: http://www.mwctoys.com/images/review_futurama6_1.jpg

Here is the kind of look I'm going for: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/IZQfSRCtv7g/0.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010 06:28:24 AM »

  Personally I wouldn't use any kind of clay because it will be too heavy.  You could do paper mache over a wire frame.  But it won't look as smooth as the example unless you're very careful.  You could make the wig from foam and dye or paint it, but it would have foam texture.  Likewise you could make a foam wig and cover it in fleece but then it would have fleece texture. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010 07:15:28 AM »

If you made it out of foam, you could layer gesso on it, if you sand between layers, it can come out pretty smooth.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010 10:03:33 AM »

Not sure that would work because foam is flexible and gesso is not as flexible and will crack when the foam bends.   Sad  You could coat it with latex or other rubbery coating, but it is very hard to make a smooth finish with those.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2010 10:21:15 AM »

Heh...I wasn't thinking about that sort of foam.  I was thinking about styrofoam.  You're right, though!
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010 12:05:42 PM »

Hey, you're right! Might be worthwhile to try with styrofoam.   Smiley   I just hate working with styrofoam so I rarely think of it.... Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010 03:20:33 PM »

When a friend of mine was in art school, she had to do a relief interpretation of a famous piece of artwork using stacked, cut out foam insulation.  Ever since observing/helping her do that, I not only learned all of the glorious things which can be done with foam, but I also don't mind working with it, since I'm never going to have to do THAT.  I think a hard foam would be a good stand in for the clay.  It's a lighter alternative, and it's cutting down rather than building up, but I think it'd have the same effect.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011 05:14:42 PM »

What did you end up doing?

You'd be super sad if it slipped off your head and broke. Also, I think it would be way too heavy.

Carvable foam is an option.

Vacuumforming something in two halves could also be an option. You've have to make or borrow a vacuumforming table.

Paper mache also could be ok, but you'll have to work for a long time to get it smooth. I'd probably go with tons of puff paint on top of paper mache for the cheapest and easiest-available option.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2011 08:57:21 PM »

I'm going to chime in.
I actually recommend model magic or a similar compound.
I made a mask out of it and painted it with acrylic paint. Worked great.

Just make sure you have something to drape it over for support while you make it. Smiley
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