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Awesome Tutorial 1: Jessie by AerithReborn Awesome Tutorial 1: Jessie by AerithReborn
OMFG FIRST TUTORIAL~~~ Be nice, you guys. I feel like there's a lot of demand for a tutorial for this wig (~Oritzer especially). I was hesitant to put it out there, but here it is at long last.

MANY EPIC THANKS to ~Manamorimoto who helped me so much with the construction. All photos are by either one of us or one of our friends. The final shot can be found here and it was taken by Holesong.

Please don't stealie. If you'd like to use this or post it, please let me know. In fact, if you use the tut to make your own wig, please send me a pic. I'd love to see what you make of this whole thing ^^
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:iconvivianflowright:
vivianflowright Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The most easy way that I saw until now!
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LittleEloquentDoll Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful tutorial~!! :heart: Is it just me or... is something going on in James's pants? :rofl: JK GONNA KILL MYSELF NAO
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AquaAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Writer
Thank you for this tutorial!
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AyameFeitom Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful tutorial, TY!
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ninjagirl371321 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student
OH my lanta!! xD Great tutorial!!!! It explained things nicely, and you have a lovely way with words.
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I hope it helps you out!
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reirakanato Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Okay thanks. ^_^ And we actually have that kind of foam at my house, it's very light and durable. I don't know how easy carving it would be though.
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reirakanato Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
I have a 60 inch wig that I'm about to dye read. Do you think that a foam structure would work? Like craft foam? I was thinking that it would take a lot of the weight away. If not, do you think there would be a better alternative to wire?
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Craft foam wouldn't have the strength to put up with the weight. I'm playing with the idea of paper mache, but I think that would be even heavier. I was also considering base carved out of foam, the expanding kind ([link]), but it's only an idea that I haven't tried yet.
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AliciaMigueles Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Amazing tutorial *3*! Did you need only one wig?
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I only used one wig, but if I were to remake it, I would definitely use two.
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AliciaMigueles Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Ok, thank you very much ^^
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
n/p! If you're working on one, link me back! I'd like to see how yours turns out!
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AliciaMigueles Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I'll work on it probably on 2012, I'll show pics ^^ your tutorial is a great help :D
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I'm glad it's doing its job :D
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Alisons Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
You are amazing. Thank you so, so much for this tutorial. I was cast as Jessie for our con's opening ceremonies and I was sitting around looking at her hair going, "wat do?"

I think instead of chicken wire, I might try boning? I read that another Jessie cosplayer used plastic boning and then covered it with batting. That chicken wire just looks scary and painful. :c
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It was really tough to come up with a sturdy foundation with just the materials we had on hand. Yeah, the chicken wire was probably a little overkill, but it worked... and the only references I had available were Antoinette style beehive hair things... but horizontal is definitely harder to keep horizontal than vertical things vertical. Ugh, there I go again... I hope that didn't sound too convoluted...

I really want to redo that wig when I get some time/patience/and motivation. Then I'll look for a sturdy base that's light and SAFE to wear.

I wish you the best of luck with your wig!
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caseykitten Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Thanks for all of your advice! I'll let you know how it works out! :D
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caseykitten Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Ohhh so much love for you!

Me and my lover are gonna try for Jesse/James at the next WaiCon, and I'll definitely give this a try. I was thinking maybe using just a couple of lengths of wire, then wrap some stiff tulle around it to decrease the weight, any thoughts?

There's also a couple of terms here that I don't understand. Could you tell me what Batting and Weft mean?

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial, and continuing to answer enquiries from noobs like me, even years after the original post! It's rare for people on DA to be so nice even after they gain fans (:
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, it's no problem! I've had a lot of help along the way, so this is the least I can do.

[link] Batting is referring to a layer of fibers made into a sheet... it's not exactly woven... it's kinda like a loose, fluffy felt. Really, it's the stuff in the center of a quilt, you know, the part that keeps you warm.

[link] Wefts are the rows of fiber that make up a wig.

I think the tulle idea is a good start, but I doubt it would be strong enough to support the wig fibers themselves, even if the armature (support skeleton) was quartered... any denser than that and you'd defeat the purpose. And, like I said before, the weight doesn't seem like much if you just hold it... it just gets really heavy when you're wearing it. Try adding a weight to the front of the wig to balance things out. Gravity pulling down on your head is a little easier for you to deal with than it pulling back.

I wish you the best of luck! Let me know how it goes :D
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XDeath-KissX Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
awesome... but a little bit too complicated for me. i think i might just get the hairdresser to style my wig?
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, I doubt a hairdresser would know what you're asking for... or how to do it. There's a HUGE difference between hair and wigs... the fibers, how to care for them, how to style them... really, they only have two things in common: their look (like hair) and that they (generally) sit on your head.
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KannaxAxel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
i was looking on the site you suggested for the wig (amphigory.com) and i was looking for the enchantment wig in the color merlot... i cant find it for the life of me ... would it be possible for someone to send me a link too it
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] Merlot is one of the options towards the bottom (last option on the right) in the party colors. Hope that helps!
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KannaxAxel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
thanks ill check it out ...sometimes i don't notice something even if I am looking for it.
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G3nny Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@___@ it's hard!!! Awesome tutorial ;)
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cantel Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Thank you SO MUCH for making this tutorial, you're awesome!! :worship: I'm trying to get a Jessie cosplay together and one of the biggest things was how to get the hair right, but now I can just use this!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it works for you! Good luck!
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CountessDISEASE Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Awsome jessie tutorial! this saves me lol=D however i am a little confused about the sewing in of the chicken wire, could u clarify a bit?
Thank you so much=D
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me see... It's been a couple years since I put it together... I hooked the sharp ends through the wire to hold it together, then I stitched some batting around the part that came in contact with my head for some cushioning. OH! I know what you're asking! I stitched the whole armature to the wig itself. The part that came in contact with my head was just tacked in place. Be sure to stretch your wig out or else it'll be too small for your head. Also, stitch on the wig, not the wefts so it's sturdy.

I hope that answers your question! :D
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
O-O...crud muffins, now I need chicken wire too...sigh.

thanks for the tutorial. honestly, I never would've figured this out.
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I wish you the best of luck! When you build it, try and put some weight in the front to counterbalance the back. I'm going to give it a shot in Jessie M2
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
ok,thanks
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Miss-Marquin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I'm definitely using this. xD And you will definitely see the results~
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it works for you and I can't wait to see the results! Good luck!
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Dj-Becka Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Thank you for sharing with us how you have made a Jesse wig. I have follow your instruction to get my own wig!

Cosplay pic: [link]
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Axelai Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
I'm going to be doing this for Anime Expo... cept, we're gonna be dancing on stage in the Masquerade. o_o Any tips on how to make sure it doesn't... pop off? XD
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm facing the same dilemma, only looking for longevity and mobility. I've got it tacked down with liquid latex at the front, but it still flops a bit. Try a lighter material for the core and use combs through the top of the wig (technical name?) to help anchor and distribute the weight. Let me know how it turns out :D!
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Axelai Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Oh gawd i'm terrible at these things. XDDD I'll show you pictures of me making it when i start (when the stupid wig comes in...)

o_o
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Hot-Gothics Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009   Digital Artist
Jessie-James...*fangasm*
I love Pokemon. Even as a teenager, I love Pokemon. :XD:
Her hair defies all gravity. You just prooved that by having to use chicken wire...odd thing though, we've got tons of chicken wire left over from when we used to have chickens, so I might be bored enough to do this one day...or at least try making Sora's hair...his hair defies all gravity too.
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Sora from Kingdom Hearts? It may defy gravity, but it only needs hairspray... nothing as hardcore as chicken wire. It's heavy and painful, so I'd recommend using it as a last resort only.
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Hot-Gothics Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009   Digital Artist
lolz. M'kay.
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xHee-Heex Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Man, I need to get me some chicken wire! I'm totally inspired to try that method out on some crazy hair designs!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
WAIT I KNOW YOU!!!

I need to do your hairline tut for this particular wig... Then it would be beyond awesome <3
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xHee-Heex Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Pfft! It's already fantastical! <33
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Darling-Poe Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So that's how you did it - awesome tutorial!
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chaos-shadow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Ha ha, awesome tutorial! 8D I always think this wig is super super epic, ha ha. Came out super awesome. 8D
The tutorial was fun to read too. :P
And a friend is pulling off Kuhn for AWA, I'm going as 1st form Haseo. 8D
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad that you had fun reading it! I was afraid that I was too tired to make sense.

!!! Haseo! I wanna cosplay him with my sister as Azure Kite. Are you doing Roots or GU version? If you're doing GU and you find some awesome concept art for his belt thingy (you know, where he sheaths his twinblades), PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know where I can find it. I can't find any good shots ANYWHERE D=
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chaos-shadow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
GU version. And I have some friends going as Shino, Azure Kite, Kuhn, and Aina. n_n SOOOO excited!
Which version Haseo were you thinking? 1st as well?

And as for the belt, you mean the part near the butt? One of the best places I found for pictures is to go to animepaper.net and just search the scans there... here...
[link]

:) Even if you don't download the full version, they are still pretty big pictures and a good number as well.
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I think I might have to dig through cut scenes and Trilogy, though.

Yes, 1st form is probably the coolest. 3rd and/or Beast form are ridiculous.
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