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Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Tehwereferret on Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:58 am


This isn't current, but I learned the type of material the wigs are made of is easy to dye with the sharpie method. Remove the ink tube from a sharpie, put it in 70% isopropyl alcohol and let it sit. The longer it's in there, the darker the shade. Then either soak the whole wig in it, or use a paintbrush to paint it on. There is of course more to this method, which you can find all over YouTube and cosplay blogs.

The wig is currently drying. It took on an ombré dark blue to light blue look. I need to make a wig cap and make sure she's sealed before i put this on her just in case.
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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Tehwereferret on Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:26 am



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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Tehwereferret on Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:01 am

DON'T do this....not unless your makie is sealed well.MadSad

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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Tesa on Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:25 pm

That looks great! Unfortunately, I only have brown wigs right now, so I can't try it.
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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by nattherat on Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:18 pm

I dyed one of my girl's wigs this way. It's a pretty dangerous method that can result in a lot of damage, but good for getting the exact colour(s) you want. It works well for wigs for humans because... well humans can just get washed haha! Permanent markers aren't permanent on humans. Very risky for everything else though, especially makies.

I think, if I remember right, it took a good week of regularly rinsing my wig before it was safe enough to put on my girl (all the progress shots are in one of my old threads). It was worth it in the end thankfully.

The wig looks like a really beautiful shade of blue now!

EDIT: (Actually, for the benefit of others reading the thread, I should probably state that the amount your makie is sealed is unlikely to make a difference. You're working with alcohols and alcohols are corrosive, I don't think any sealant will stand up to you putting large concentrations of alcohol near it. Don't put wigs on your makies unless they've stopped bleeding altogether once you rinse them and gently rub them.)
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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Tehwereferret on Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:44 pm

Yeah, it'll be a bit before I trust putting it on again. Made me think though, wow these things pic up dirt easily. Can't imagine kids playing with these

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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Purple_Monkfish on Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:44 pm

You can also use rit or idye etc to dye the wigs. I dip dyed a blonde wig using that method, possibly a little less dangerous as there's less of the alchohol etc.

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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Tehwereferret on Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:11 am

Purple_Monkfish wrote:You can also use rit or idye etc to dye the wigs. I dip dyed a blonde wig using that method, possibly a little less dangerous as there's less of the alchohol etc.
Yeah? I was reading about that but people didn't seem to feel it stained kanekalon. Worth a try later.
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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by jupiternames on Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:22 am

It's worth noting that some of the wigs may not be kanekalon. I'm not sure which are made of what, unless the listing says.

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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by Tehwereferret on Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:53 am

Most of the listings mention it. I know her white one, and the Amy are.

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Re: Sharpie Method of Wig Dying

Post by jupiternames on Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:44 am

Yeah, but there's the possibility that the wigs that have been dip dyed in Rit have been a different material. Neither of the long, blonde wigs mentions being kanekalon. If those wigs are nylon, then iDye or Rit would work great.

It's very easy for people to assume that all the (non-fur) lab wigs are kanekalon. For example, the Goldilocks wig doesn't mention being made from kanekalon. And there is a price difference between the newer wigs like the Amy or the Tru, versus the Katy or the Sadako. I've always wondered if the price difference represents a materials difference.

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