Wig Craft Tutorials
Tips and tricks from my wig book!
The Secret of Stubbing!

The greatest obstacle on your wigcraft journey, will be letting go of your hair-inhibitions, and truly accepting that wigs are not hair.

I know, I know, I say that all the time. But I repeat it because it's something a wig master understands on a gut level. Wigs are not hair, so forget everything you know about hair and start thinking outside of the folicle!

If this lesson doesn't shock your brain into a higher understanding of wig mastery, nothing will. ~_^

Step 1: Start with a ponytail.
Or two in this case.

Look at this poor unsuspecting little wig with its perfectly brushed out ponytails.

Doesn't it look happy? ^_^

Step 2: Hack it off!
Oh no! I'm chopping off the ponytails?

What kind of madwoman would do such a thing?!

Step 3: Survey the damage.
I chopped off the perfectly good ponytail, and now I have this ugly tuft sticking out of the wig.

I saved a little bit of it in a clip to the side in this example, but I usually just chop it all off. ^_^

Step 4: Shave it clean.
We need the tuft to be more compact and "stublike", so we shave it down closer to the rubberband with some electric clippers.

Step 5: Much better.
Now that the stub as been shaved, it's much more dense. It's also nice and even, so we can add the caulk.

Step 6: Add the caulk.
Squeeze a big blob of adhesive caulk on the end of the stub. Smear it around the stub, coating down onto the sides, and working it into the fiber.

The reason we do this is not only to keep the stub together, but also to add a "rubberized" texture to it when it dries.

Step 7: Let it dry.
The caulk will take a couple of hours to dry, depending on how thick you put it on, and how humid your area is.

While it's drying, make sure none of the rest of the wig is in a position where it can accidentally fall into the goop.

Step 8: Color the rubberband.
Little details like this go a long way in improving your wig work.

Use a Sharpie to color the rubber band the same color as the wig. This will hide it better if your stub is too long and is not completely concealed when the wig is done.

Step 9: Now your stub is ready to use!
When the caulk is dry, your stub will be a solid, rubber..well, stub!

You can pin into it, sew through it, glue on it, and it'll hold up to the strain like a champ!

Bonus Question: "What do I use a stub for?"
Tons of things! The stub is the groundwork for most of my foamcore techniques, odangos, topknots, and extra long ponytails.

Using a stub instead of a ponytail puts less tension on the mesh of the wig, and instead distributes it evenly across the surface.

Experiment with attaching things to your stub, and you might find a whole new world of wig possibilites opening up to you. ^_^

If you are looking for styling tips, try asking the helpful folks in the Forums!
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