Dwarf Beard and Wig – Custom Cosplay – Project Profile
One of the biggest projects we’ve taken on is this truly epic custom Dwarf beard and wig for our client to wear to ALEP in Shaker Village, KY. We wanted the wig and beard to be large and intricate and awesome, worthy of the famous Dwarves in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.
How did this epic, enormous Dwarven wig and beard come together?
We started with a giant pile of hair – hair for the wig and beard and long swathes of hair for the big braids. The wig is made from a variety of fibers, both synthetic and human hairs, in several red and brown shades.
Once the hair was sorted and blended, the wig and beard foundation were pieced on tracing and templates of the client’s head and face. The wig and beard were built just like any other custom pieces, albeit rather thicker to ensure good, sturdy braids. Some portions are built with strips of wefted hair, to get the length and volume, and the tops and hairlines are all hand-knotted in order to look natural and realistic.
Once the wig and beard were completely constructed, it was time to start weaving in the braids and making the whole project come together.
Here’s the finished, but unstyled, wig and beard.
You can see how long and thick both the wig and beard are in the photo!
Though very dense, the wig and beard are surprisingly lightweight. We used a blend of permanently textured hairs in order to get the right amount of wave and body.
Then the wig had smaller braids on the crown, and a very large center braid in the back. The center back braid took three hands! We advise starting with more hair and more time than you expect you’ll need – the big braids “eat up” the hair quickly!
Styling a Dwarven beard and wig
We started with the beard – it was a multi-step process of dividing, sectioning and making braids. The mustache had to get braided, too.
To make sure the pieces are as comfortable and easy to wear as possible, the mustache and beard are completely separate and the beard has an elastic strap (hidden by the wig) to help hold it on.
In addition to our client support services, we’re proud to offer professional wig and beard styling tools, care and maintenance supplies and a selection of wig and beard tapes.
Our online store is full of the same professional quality tools and supplies we use in the studio, as well as a range of double stick wig and beard tapes.
If you plan to style your wig with rollers, this kit is a great addition. It is designed to be used with our Basic kit, so you won’t end up with duplicate tools! Like our other kits, these are the same tools and items we use ourselves.
We’ve put together a simple kit with the essential tools you’ll need to do basic upkeep on your custom wig or beard. These are all the same supplies we use in our studio. If you have longer hair, you might want to consider adding our Hair Prep Kit!
After James had the wig, beard and mustache on, we snapped a few quick photos.
In both size and scope, this is one of the largest projects we’ve ever taken on. It was so much fun, with so many details to add in. This is not a recreation or copy of any of the pieces seen in The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings movies but it would be at home in the fictional realms of Middle Earth.
Commissioning a Cosplay Wig
Every wig or piece of facial hair we create is built from scratch and tailored to fit the wearer. When we build cosplay wigs ‘inspired by’ a character or source, we ask the client to pick an image they feel most closely shows how they want their piece to look. Some clients want their wig or facial hair to be a very accurate representation of that image, down to individual strands of hair and shape of the hairline. Others ask us to make changes so their piece suits their preferences or image of the character.
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