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Xelerej
« on: March 27, 2012 07:20:15 AM »

I am trying to customize dolls' hair and would like to figure out how to make ringlets. Crocheted or knitted ringlets will be too bulky, as the dolls are fairly small, so I need ideas on how to curl single strands of the yarn (standard 4-ply acrylic). Can I use a regular curling iron? Or would wrapping the yarn around a pencil and steaming it be more lasting? Has anyone tried this before? Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012 09:55:19 AM »

Well, the first thing I would say is to stay away from using anything really hot with synthetic yarn - it could melt and ruin the curling iron and the fumes wouldn't be good to breathe either. You might want to check at a craft store for mohair fiber; it's used for Santa Claus beards and might work for your dolls, and if it's pure mohair, which is a natural fiber, you might (*might*) be able to use a curling iron on it.

But I'm also wondering how to get the curls to "stay." I wonder if you could treat the fiber with something; it would be wet, then you would curl it by wrapping it around something and let it dry (making sure that you could get it off whatever you wrapped it around). I think a store that sells sewing supplies might have something like that; I used to work at one of those stores and I think they had something, I just can't remember exactly. (Maybe "Fray Check"? It's supposed to stop fabric from fraying at the edges but it might work for what you're trying to do.)

I hope that helps.

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012 06:55:07 AM »

Just pull the strands of yarn apart, if you look at it, it looks just like twisted threads. Simply pull them apart and it'll make small ringlets. You'll actually end up using less yarn this way.
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