Your Miniature Dolls Will Never Have Another Bad Hair Day!
Let's face it... even miniature dolls take pride in looking
their best. And having a good hair style is a surefire way
of insuring that they will. No one knows this better than
miniature doll artisan Viola Williams, owner of "Dolls In
In "Wigging Miniature Women," Volume 3 of The Master Dollmakers
Video Instructional Series, she shows you how to create wigging
styles for Victorian Women, 18th Century Courtesans, Contemporary
Women, Country Lasses, and Southern Belles that look so natural
their phones will be ringing off the hook with suitors. Viola's
confident and relaxed teaching style, coupled with her practical
advice, makes even a novice dollmaker say, "I can do this!"
She begins by listing all the materials you'll need to wig
your dolls properly, some of which would make your neighborhood
hairdresser think you'd lost your head if you suggested she
use them on you... things like styrofoam pellets and a rubber
pleater. But once she saw Viola use that rubber pleater to
create ringlets and waves, even your hairdresser would begin
using the same techniques.
Once the materials are all laid out, Viola demonstrates everything
for creating attractive hair styles, from gluing and placing
the wigging on the dolls head, to shaping and styling the
hairpiece once its in place. But she doesn't stop there. Knowing
that using the wrong bonnet or dress can ruin even the best
hair style, Viola shows combinations that do work so you can
use them as a guideline to insure yours will work too.
One of Viola's strengths is her ability to provides a variety
of options from which to choose so you can pick the one that's
best for you. For instance, as an alternative to using a rubber
pleater to create a weave, she demonstrates a method that
will achieve the same effect by using a waxed wire or glass
rod. And she reminds us, "You don't need to wax the wire each
time you use it. It'll usually survive two or three uses before
it needs to be re-waxed."
And speaking of variety, there's lots of it on this video.
For example, knowing that Victorian Dolls are among the most
popular of all collector's dolls, Viola shows, not one, but
three different hair styles you can use for your Victorian
ladies. And when wigging contemporary styles, she takes into
account the fact that both long and short hair styles are
popular with women today.
But she saves the best, and most elaborate, for last. Here
you'll use all the techniques you've learned, to create the
most intricate doll there is...the 18th Century French Courtesan
Doll. But Viola's humor and practicality convinces you that
it's easy. For instance, beauty marks, she says, make this
doll look more authentic, since people used them during the
18th century to cover up blemishes. But she cautions not to
use too many of them because, "The doll is so small that if
you were to use several beauty marks, she'd look like she
landed underneath a pepper shaker!".