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FullMetal Alchemist Envy Wig by Xelhestiel FullMetal Alchemist Envy Wig by Xelhestiel


PLEASE VISIT MY COMPLETE WIG TUTORIAL


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Took me about 20 hours to make over the course of the past three weeks (I had to wait a few days for things to completely dry).

The wig is made from Lulu Base in Olive from Arda as well as one long weft in Olive from Arda.

I cut out 34 pieces of 1/2" high density foam, spray painted them Hunter Green and glued wefts of wig hair to the tops and sides with Tacky Spray. On a few pieces, I glued wefts to the underside, however, this made them too stiff so I simply stopped putting wefts to the underside of the spikes and only covered the top and sides.

Spray painting the foam took about a day and a half because I had to wait for everything to dry completely. I used three 12 oz. (340 g) Hunter Green spray paint cans for this.

A single spike took a total of 10 minutes to glue the wefts onto the foam and after completing a section (I did the top one day, middle the next and the bottom layer the day after) I would leave the section to dry completely for 24 hours. I used 2 cans of Tacky Spray to glue on the wefts. Once all of the wefts were on the foam pieces, I LIGHTLY spray painted the pieces with one 3 oz. (85 g) Hunter Green spray paint and hand sewed each piece into the wig. I also hand sewed the crimps in the top layer together.

If I had more extensions, I probably would have double layered everything (if it didn't make it too stiff) to cover more area. When you're up close to the wig, you CAN see the foam in places - this bugs me a little bit, but what can you do? The Olive wefts were out of stock and Arda would not have them in stock until after the convention I am going to (Otakon 2012) and plus I am very low on money so I had to work with what I had!

If anyone has any questions about this wig, please don't hesitate to ask!

***I AM NOT TAKING ANY COMMISSIONS FOR THIS WIG! PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME!

*EDIT*

All of the compliments I have been receiving truly mean a lot to me! I started this wig on July 7th and finished it this morning. Granted there were days I didnít work on it because of the heat and/or because I was waiting for paint/glue to dry. Also the convention Iím wearing him to is on the 27th (I am leaving on the 26th) and I decided to cosplay as him for this con during the last week of June so I put a lot of effort in trying to make him in time, especially since I have never styled a wig like this before!

This was a huge project for me to take on - especially since the wig cost me nearly $100 in the end and I donít have a lot of money to begin with - so I was really worried whether Iíd have enough wefts or notÖ and then Arda was out of stock in the colour Iíd need in the event I DID perchance need more wefts so there were a few days where I was going crazy.

So to know that all of my blood, sweat and tears have been poured into thisÖ Iím glad that it has been pleasing everyone to see an Envy wig of this magnitude!

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StormCloude Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
I love this so much! 
This helps so much in my Envy cosplay.

But I was wondering, I know you said you had kept the headband on while styling and adding the foam pieces on.  I'm confused on where to place it to work the foam pieces in.
Help?
lol
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
I didn't keep the headband on while styling.  I styled it without the headband.  I put the short wig on my own head and then put the headband on to mark where the first foam pieces would go - you don't want to start sewing in the foam pieces too low or when you put the headband on after the wig is complete, it will not stay on your head properly and slide down your face. 

When it was time for me to sew in the foam pieces, I did not have the headband on my wighead as it would only get in the way.  
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StormCloude Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Ahh! Okay. That makes more since lol.
Also the wig I have has a skin top only on the top part of the head. Is that the same way yours is? 

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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Yep, mine has a skin top.  It is difficult to sew through, so make sure you use a thimble as it will be quite painful if you don't!  And use a curved needle rather than a straight one!
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StormCloude Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Thanks for the help! I'm so excited because Envy is my favorite character and I was wanting to do the cosplay justice and I really didn't want to do a flat sheet wig. I'm having luck so far so I hope it turns out okay :)
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Send me links to pictures when you are done!  I love seeing the end result of cosplayers who have used my tutorial! :D
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iMissy01 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
seriously, you should sell this. i would buy it o.o
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
If I did do commissions on these, it would be close to $350. The materials alone are $121 and the wig itself takes around 20 hours over the course of a couple of weeks (because you must wait for paint and glue to dry), it is extremely time consuming and it is something I can't do while in school, only during the summer months which makes it even MORE difficult because it is too hot outside for the glue to dry, so I have to spray on the glue in the house and it stinks up the house :/

So despite the amount of time it takes, I don't think anyone would want a $350 wig lol
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Hiyori29 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Hello, I like me cosplay Envy. I have come to make a wig like yours ^^
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girlUlquiorra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats the best cosplay of envy i've ever seen!
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Thank you! :D
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MissyRayney Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
That is an incredibly awesome wig!
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WinryRockbellHyuuga Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg, this is so awesome! best envy wig ever! :0
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neofeliss Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy DAYUMN, that is incredible. O.O Mind = blown!! I cosplayed as Envy last year, and making the wig was soooo hard. But this is a masterpiece!!

Would it be possible to post a complete tutorial on the wig? (Or at least a step-by-step?) This is exactly what I'll need to make my new Envy wig. :3
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thank you so much!
I already have a tutorial posted. You can find it here: [link]
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neofeliss Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!!
Now, quick question: I'll be cosplaying Envy, manga version, so does the wig company that makes the Lulu in Olive wig have other colors available in a similar style?
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
These are all of the colours Lulu comes in: [link]
Remember, you will also have to purchase Long Wefts in the same colour.
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EnvyFangurl07 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yayy fangirl approved :):):)
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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Afireinsidegirl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Wow this is so nice!! :)
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thank you! :D
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violetmeh Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME!
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Padfoot-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
love this wig ^^ really amazing *_*
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Padfoot-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
love this wig <3<3<3 so amazing *_*
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PopetteMaster Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
really amazing job :wow:
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thanks!
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Yuuri-C Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
20 hours*.* That's a lot of work but it paid off because that is an amazing wig!:heart:
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thank you! ^_^ Yeah it was a lot of work... most of it was the hand sewing which was 8 hours alone! It was tough sewing them into the wig... the first two layers I used a curved needle and sewed it in while the wig was pinned to the wig head. The top however... I was sewing through a skin top and had to do it with the wig off of the wig head with a needle for carpets lol
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Yuuri-C Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
No problem, woah I can imagine @.@ hand sewing is time consuming!
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Rainbow-Allison Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Writer
Holy cow! This is amazing! You spent a great amount of time on it and it paid off.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thank you! I did spend a lot of time on it and I am glad its done - and a week before the con I need it for too!
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Rainbow-Allison Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Writer
You will be the best Envy there!
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koi-ishly Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is an awesome wig! Why type of glue did you use, I'm curious cause you said the glue made the hair stiff if put on the foam.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thank you so much!
I used Tacky Spray - and by stiff I mean it's not hard as a rock but it's not as flexible as the foam without any of the wig fibers on it. It has some flexibility but it can only go so far lol But the Tacky Spray worked really well.

Also - I hope to see you again at Otakon!! If you're entering the Hall Cosplay Contest again this year then I will definitely be seein you (judging again) :D
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koi-ishly Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! I've not heard of tacky spray, I'm going to have to look into that. You got an awesome shape with that foam, I never thought of using it in a wig, you've certainly given me some ideas =)

I will be at Otakon, but I'm not going to be at the HCC. I needed a break this year from competition. I'm really trying to work on my weaknesses, like my sewing.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Tacky spray made my life so much easier @.@ And I am glad to have sparked some new ideas for you! :D

Aww - that's okay, I understand. My sewing isn't that great either - I'm 98% self taught and I haven't competed in a while because I've been judging lately lol But hopefully I will see you around! I will mostly be Envy so if you see a giant palm tree - I mean my Envy walking about, come say hi!
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koi-ishly Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Being self taught is kicking my butt. I have a seamstress friend and sewing savvy aunts who help me when I get stuck on something. I don't like to rely on them only when I have no idea on what the next step is. So, I'm trying really hard to research and research. I feel like I'm in a pit. Today I couldn't even get a rolled hem foot to work for me. Well, 3 hours worth of work and endless seam ripping I got it to work.

I'll be wearing Saber Alter Maid =) I'll be carrying a mop and bucket part of the day... is a better way of spotting me. I hope I see you, I love to see your wig up close and pick your brain on the construction more =)

Oh and good luck judging! Thank you for all your work in doing that, I don't know how many cosplayers you see, but I know you guys work long days.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I BELIEVE IN YOU! BELIEVE IN THE HEART OF THE NEEDLES AND THREAD!!! YOU CAN DO IT *cheers you on*
I have a neighbour who sews (and I discovered this a few years ago) so whenever I'm stuck on something or have a question, I ask her when I can't figure out how to do something. :)

Hopefully I can spot you! It's so easy to get caught in the crowds at Ota @.@ I will be Envy Thursday, Friday night, Saturday (after judging) and Sunday. If you want we can exchange phone numbers and meet up at some point which is apparently what I feel like I've been doing these past few days - collecting phone numbers lol

And thank you! We see...I WANT to say around 70 on Friday and Saturday. Friday is a bit slower since there are fewer people but Saturday there are a lot of contestants and we only have about 4 minutes with each person in a 5 hour time slot with a 30 minute break (or 15... I can't remember). So this year I decided I will not be judging in costume/make-up. After judging is over, I will go to my hotel and do make-up and get into costume that way it's not melting off my face as I sit there or develop contact lens problems from wearing them too long XD And I can be comfy too!
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koi-ishly Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are too sweet, thank you so much for cheering me on! I'll be cheering you on from the side lines for your judging. It always amazes me how long you guys judge for and with Ota being such a big con, you guys are always working really hard to stay on time. I really do appreciate the time that you put it (even if I'm not doing it this year).

Sent you a note with my # as well. Oh, random side note, my husband says hi. He was in the giant skull last year during judging... Sorry for the random-ness he was reading over my shoulder wondering what I was doing.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Aww danke <3 And I always do my best to cheer up my friends when they are troubled! And woohoo! I have my own cheer squad! lol But yeah judging can be rather tiring - I think its mostly the constant sitting down and getting up to poke and prod everyone!

I replied to your note! And LOL Tell him I say hi and that I remember him! I wanted to give him a hug for having to go around the con in that skull but we only had 4 minutes :O Maybe next weekend XD
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Aerilaya Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure Envy would be envious.

(Sorry, I had to. Great job, by the way. ^-^)
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
It's okay, I do the same thing! XD

(Danke!)
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Aerilaya Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe... :3

It's no problem.
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OJellyBeansO Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fantastic :O
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RabbitMeatVendor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Hey are you takeing commi.../ j/k it looks great. Im sure it. Youwill look enen better with you big pretty smile in it. Side note, i wish the weather here looked like that.
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RabbitMeatVendor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
let me try that again..

Hey, are you taking commi.../ j/k, it looks great. I'm sure it will look even better with you big pretty smile in it. Side note, I wish the weather here looked like that.

See! I can English!
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XeCras Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Finally some one did this! Really nice and look like the original :D
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Henrickson Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Super nice job! :clap:
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taiisa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
waw!....0.o
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dearlybelovedcs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is...amazing!
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