Though most people probably know us for our custom wigs and beards for people, we also create quite a few wigs for dolls, figures and display pieces. The gallery at the end of this post has a few examples of some projects, but this post is profiling one very special project!
Sometimes these are for vintage ventriloquist figures, somethings they’re classic fairy tale dolls and sometimes, they’re replicas of living people!
We created the custom wigs for these figure puppets as part of our work with Austin Phillips of Phillips Puppets. The figures were created by Austin and were based on photos of the real-life people. We used photos to build wigs that resembled their hair as closely as possible. As you can see, the likenesses are pretty good!
We built the wigs on foam replicas of the figures. Every hair is knotted into the wig’s foundation one at a time. While working, we kept reference photos of the real life hairstyles close at hand. Once the hairs were knotted into the wig foundation, the wigs were cut and styled and sent off so Austin could put them on his figures.
Check out more of the Display, Doll and Figure projects we’ve done in the gallery below. We can create wigs or facial hair for figures with about an 8 inch head size and up!
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