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



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!



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.
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.  
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? 

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!
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 :)
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
iMissy01 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
seriously, you should sell this. i would buy it o.o
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
Hiyori29 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Hello, I like me cosplay Envy. I have come to make a wig like yours ^^
girlUlquiorra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats the best cosplay of envy i've ever seen!
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