Matt.s99 wrote:Hi! Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I’m hoping you Can give me some pointers.
I’m new to customizing and am working on a Jean Grey using this same headsculpt.
I will most likely be using a 1/6 scale wig for the hair. How did you cut out the moulded hair and what kind of clay did you use to build the cranium. Any tips and advice would be much appreciated!
Hi and welcome. And certainly no need to apologize for resurrecting an old thread -- especially when you have such a good reason.
If memory serves me correctly (it was a while back and I have not dug out these pieces since the Great Move), I tried using a 1/6 wig, but it was a bit small for the Sideshow head (which is slightly oversized, and not just in having the face too long). I may or may not have had to do a little bit of adjustment where the head meets the neck so that the head could sit well on (e.g.) TBLeague bodies.
But anyway, you would heat up the head sculpt (use a hairdryer or hot water) and go at it with an X-acto knife. If it were more solid, you could have whittled the hair away, but since this is hollow, I thought it would be more fun to cut it off like a wig (see photos below). It seems like a good idea to leave a little bit of the (painted) hairline on the head sculpt that remains (and that can be repainted as needed to match whatever hair you use). You have to improvise with the upper edges of the ears -- they are hidden under the hair. Either cut at the hair line and rebuild them with air-drying clay, or, as I did, cut in such a way that enough plastic remains to achieve the basic shape (even if not really sculpted or painted appropriately). Chances are that this part of the ears would still be hidden by the new hair.
If you are able to use a wig, building a cranium might be unnecessary (I'm not completely sure). But since I went with the Tibetan Lamb Wool solution, I needed to make a cranium, for which I used air-drying clay (THIS is the one I always use, but there are other options too). The clay is lightweight and strong, but less flexible than the plastic head, so keep in mind it might separate during handling, so just be ready for that eventuality and have some superglue at hand if necessary. If you are using air-drying clay, and some of it gets on surfaces where it should not, it can easily be removed with some water (either washing the whole piece or scrubbing it away with a wet Q-tip, for example). I generally put tape or plastic wrap to protect areas that should not be glued or painted.
Once the clay has dried/cured, one can use glue (I used fabric glue strips from Allene's) to attach bunches of hair -- the best I can do is refer you to the Morezmore tutorial (see link in a post above; they sell their materials on eBay under the same seller name). But if you are able to use a wig, whether you glue it or not and whether you need a cranium dome (and if you do need one, it might be a smaller one than that needed for the loose hair), would be different.
I didn't really take progress photos, but here are a couple I did while goofing around.
Hope this helped.