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Toph Beifong Wig Tutorial by makeshiftwings30 Toph Beifong Wig Tutorial by makeshiftwings30
Here you go! Toph tutorial #2.

I am very happy with how my wig turned out, and I'm glad to be able to share this with all of you. If you have any questions, let me know!

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Extra Help

Suggested base wig:
arda-wigs.com/shop/blue-steele…

Odango method (explains how to wrap the hair):
www.cosplay.com/photo/1896722/
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DottoraQN Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! I made a few modifications and made my own Toph wig. I really appreciate you writing this all out <3
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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Tophfan1433 Featured By Owner Edited May 9, 2016
I really like wig! You did a very good job explaining how to make my own. Thank you so much for your work.  I had a few questions about making the wig. I'm sorry to bother you so much.

1. The wig that you used is no longer available, do you have any recommendations on wigs?
2. When you're hallowing the Circle, how do you when to stop?
3. Do you mind posting a picture of where on the body to measure from to make sure its accurate?
4. On step 5, when you say "do the opposite for the back", which part are you talking about and can you clarify what that means?
5. When you place the wig inside, how do you position it to where its looks correct so that when you wear it its not crooked?
6. Which part of the wig do you sew into the fabric?

Is it possible for you to send me larger pictures of your demo pictures? I have a difficult time seeing your thumbnails. 

Thanks for your time! This is my first time making my own wig!
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i'll respond here instead of your note so others can see this.

1. i would recommend taking a look at arda's short wig line, but i don't have a specific recommendation.
2. just when it will sit where you want it, and firmly on your head & wig. doesn't need to be hollowed any more than that.
3. don't know what you mean here. if you mean the size of the bun, i would just look up some pics of toph and try to compare it to your own proportions.
4. i just mean that instead of carving an upward slope, you're carving downward from the peak of the bun.
5. just test on your own head, compare to reference, move until it looks good.
6. there is netting inside of a wig that is a bunch of fabric that you can sew onto.

i don't think i have those files anymore ,sorry :(
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've done both. Recently I've just worn plain brown sandals that I could kick off for pictures.
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Tophfan1433 Featured By Owner Edited May 9, 2016
Where did you buy the foam?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Joanns
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Tophfan1433 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
Is that like a Arts and Crafts store?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's got fabric and some crafts stuff
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Tophfan1433 Featured By Owner Edited May 9, 2016
You said in your previous post that you only need 1 foot of it. At Joann's can you buy just 12"? Their online store has like yards of it...
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes in store you can buy a foot.
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Tophfan1433 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
Thanks!
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EXFCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So useful!! Awesome!! 
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SkyStormFire Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
This will be super useful, thanks! I was looking for a Toph wig but this tutorial will make it way easier to get the desired shape.

To anyone having difficulty with the black paint soaking into the foam, if you cover the foam with a light layer of artist's gesso, it will prevent the paint from soaking and will save you a lot of time and paint. I haven't tried it on this wig, but I've used it on various types of foam in the past and it shouldn't leave any weird lumps unless you cake it on way too heavy. Hope this helps.
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no problem. thanks for sharing that tip!
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Toph000 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
THIS IS AWESOME! Thank you so much! I will definently use this for my cosplay. About how much do all of the supplies cost in total?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks and you're welcome! I don't really remember but probably $40-$75
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Toph000 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
I didnt see when you used the caulk and freezing spray. Do we need them? Also, instead of sinthetic hair, can we use hair extensions or a cut up wig?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can probably go without the caulk but you definitely need hairspray. You can use extensions or a wig if they're long enough.
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Toph000 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
sorry for asking so many questions, but this is awesome and i HAVE to do this. Also, where did you get the wig? I can't find one with long enough bangs.I cant wait to do this this is so creative and it makes such a good wig!! When you said at the bottom you dont think the wig is perfect i was SSSOO  confused. I was like what? that is the most perfect homeade toph beifong wig i have ever seen.
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i don't remember what site i got the wig from - i'd recommend looking at arda or epic cosplay for a short wig. and aww, thanks! :)
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PicaraNara Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi!

I found your tutorial and tried to make my own Toph wig. I love it!
Thank you very very very very very much. You are so great for sharing this =)
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome! Glad it worked out for you! :)
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gabeoftricks Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist
would you be ablw to use two wigs for this? instead of the fair fibers? like, stretch the wig over the foam bun? idk. if not, could you explain the hair process again? I'm confused .-.
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you could just cut off fibers from a long-ish wig. but that seems like it would be too expensive rather than just buying the fibers. you just take little sections of the wig and wrap it around the foam. i really don't know any other way to explain it :/
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gabeoftricks Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist
okay. would hair extensions work?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
probably
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Domicos Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2015
can i ask- are that the synthetic hair you used? www.sallybeauty.com/synthetic-…;
and don't you know, if there's international shipping on this shop? (i didn't find it..)
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I honestly don't remember but it'd probably work fine. i don't know about shipping, sorry
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MayLoCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thanks ! :)
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frejalucia Featured By Owner Edited Jan 29, 2015
is there any way I could make this without the foam?  it's pretty expensive and nowhere to be found i denmark. is there anything else I could use istead?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the only thing i could think of would be sewing something in the same shape and stuffing it with fiberfill, like a plushie.
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frejalucia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thank you! I found some kind of hat that was perfect for the purpouse. It's gonna work great! Thanks again
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Sapphyriah Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I really think it's kind of a bonnet what she wears O.o anyway Ill try this out, thanks!
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's not. There's an episode where she has all her hair down.
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Sapphyriah Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah but idk it just looks weird haha
Anyway thanks
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Bjekkergauken Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Is it possible to use wood glue instead of caulk?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
probably you just need to seal the fibers and attach it to the foam
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AyaseShin Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the kind i used is high density so i'm not sure.
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GhostRabbit1412 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
i'm planning on cosplaying Toph soon and this will be a BIG help! now all I need is to figure out how to make the costume, but it shouldn't be too hard
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Toph000 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
good luck!
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ShiangLi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually pretty simple when you think about it thanks. hough it probably looks easier to do then it actually is.
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it's pretty easy :)
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Teh-Otaku-Ninja Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
awesome! do you know where i could GET the foam?
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
joanns
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