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Octopus Wig WIP by deeed Octopus Wig WIP by deeed
I am selling miniature versions of this octopus as hair fascinators. You can buy a premade one from my Etsy store: CuriousCephalopods.etsy.com
Or note me if you are interested in a custom one!


Here's the process I took to create my Octopus hairwig. Hopefully these steps help anyone else trying to create their own octopus, or any other shape for that matter. Took at least one pack of Arda's Long Wefts (get two if you're unsure or if your shape is big).

1. The piece isn't completely made of hair. There is a foam shape at the core. In this case I used a Styrofoam sphere that I hollowed out on one side to create the bulbous part of the body. I used expanding foam that I then carved to create the eye and upper-leg portion.

2. To make it easier for the hair wefts to stick to the shape I covered the whole shape with felt. Use a colour that's similiar to what hair colour you're going to be using. It'll also take a HEAP of tacky glue and a day to dry. (in this picture you can see I started covering it in yellow wefts but I later decided to go with just orange.)

3. Start adding wefts! Ok, so I separated my wefts into sections 4-5 inches wide, folded the sewn part over itself so it's three layers thick and glued the sewn end together with hot glue. I then used hot glue to attach this part to the underside of the foam shape (where I had carved the Styrofoam out). The hair is stretched over the felt-covered shape and secured down with some tacky glue. You can dilute this if your's is very thick. I used pins and bobby-pins to hold the hair in shape while it dried. Be prepared for this to take several days, allowing sections to dry overnight.

4. Keep adding hair neatly, paying special attention to which direction your hair is going. Remember you want the long ends of the last few wefts to come down over the 'leg' sections of the body so they hang down like tentacles.

5. These tentacles are then rolled up with hair curlers. I used hot water to make the hair stay curly but you could use a curling iron if you have one. Be sure you are using heat-resistant hair or it will melt! Best to try it out on a little bit of hair first if you're unsure!

6. I used a little copper-coloured paint to give my octopus some spots and a shiny underbelly.

7. And here it is attached to the wig! To do this I used some pipe-cleaners hot glued to the underside that I could then poke through the netting of the wig and twist around to hold it on. It was quite heavy so needed six holding points. The wig also required a pair of hair clips sewn into the front to stop it sliding backwards when worn.

The finished wig is here.
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
CTHULU!!!!
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KiraTheUsagii Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing work!
Do you have any tutorial on how to add it to the wig? I'm gonna do something familiar to this for my Akasha wig but got no glue how to keep it at the wig! @_@
It will be a ball of braids.
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Pipe-cleaners and hot glue. ;) Basically I glued the pipe-cleaners inside the bottom of the 'ball' shape, then poked the ends through the wig mesh and twisted it in so it was secured. Hope that helps!
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KiraTheUsagii Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Woah, that's really smart! O_O<3
How did you get them inside the bottom of the ball thought?
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
There's a bit of a dip on the underside. It's not a complete sphere.
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KiraTheUsagii Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ohh! I see!
May I ask where you got the ball/sphere? c: I can't find one that's this big. ;w;
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
Just from my local craft store. :)
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KiraTheUsagii Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Darn it. CX
I had hoped you would have found it online. xD<3
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StephanieDeco26 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student Filmographer
This is amazing! :D I actually have a teal wig I can no longer use and this would be a perfect way of reusing it. I'm going to attempt a small one
 =D
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Do it! And then take a photo and show me, I want to see!
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IntrovertRabbit Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this is the best idea ever 
#octopusfan
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jaimelynbrice Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
these are awesome. im in remission for cancer and it looks like something cool to throw on my wig just for a little more fun :) 
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
So pleased to hear you're in remission! And yes, they're definitely fun, especially when people don't notice it at first. Haha when I was wearing this one I'd be chatting to someone and then as I move to turn away they'd call me back because they hadn't noticed the octopus on the back of my head and wanted a closer look!
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jaimelynbrice Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i showed them to my sister on here too... she loves steampunk and it looks like something she would wear :)
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
That's awesome! I'm always curious how people imagine wearing it with their outfits.
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ImABunny Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I love this and am trying to make something similar only much smaller. This is my first try at sculpting foam. Do you by chance have any photo's of the foam before you finished sculpting? I cannot get the slope right and am hoping if I can see it I will understand.
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deeed Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
I haven't got a photo I sketched a quick diagram of how I cut the foam. Hope it helps!
Foam-Cutting by deeed  
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kpbrutcher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
where do you find the beautiful glassy looking eyes? They are really cool.
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deeed Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Thank you! I create the artwork myself and glue it to glass cabochons.
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ObsidianLight23 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Fabulous!!!
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mokauderer Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   Writer
Hey what kind of synthetic hair do you use? I have an old ponytail weave (dance team don't ask) that I want to get rid of, and if I could make this it would be really cool
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deeed Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
I buy almost all my wigs and wefts from Arda-wigs.com
Their hair is made of Hiperlon fiber I believe. If in doubt, try it with a small bit?
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KikyoCat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is so cool. I wish I had seen this sooner! 
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queenserenity42 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
How do you apply the tacky glue to get it so smooth and not obviously glued? Do you use a paintbrush, or just your fingers?
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deeed Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
I use my fingers, it allows me to spread it out and smooth it down best. I also dilute it with water, which helps thin it out.
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Estellanara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
What a brilliant idea !! And nice realisation !! Love it to bits !
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deeed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Thank you! I'm really pleased with how it came out and stunned that so many people like it!
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is one of the coolest things ever!
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cynicalavera Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so lovely that you posted this! Thank you!
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deeed Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
It only gives the basics of what I did but I hope it helps!
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BluecrownStudios Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freakin awesome.  So creative!  Well done! I think I've fainted. 
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El-Mambo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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nekomiKasai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ZOMG THIS IS INSANE!! :faint:
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Avec-La-Vie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
THAT is too fricken cool!!
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White-Banshee Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student
*0* OMYGOD !!! I want that on my head !!!!
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paulagenkai Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Fantastic! Grat job!
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The-Lighted-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking cool!!
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UndesiredValentine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holey moley, this is so amazing and cute!
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LunaSelenium Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014   Digital Artist
love it!
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JuSt-eLLa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
OMG~!!!
you are so talent ~!!!!
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Marie-Cris Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
This is awesome. YOU are awesome.

Awesome.
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Awesomesause!
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Senshi-miniJ Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Could you....could you post a video how-to? maybe? Please?
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
I'm not sure how to do a video.... although I might see about making a more in-depth how-to guide.
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Senshi-miniJ Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Thank you ~
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DigitalRaven0313 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Could you make the octopus green to be Cthulhu...
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
You could make it in whatever colour you like. ;)
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Stormraven24 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
This is so cool! He looks so chill just hanging out on your head xD I can't thank you enough for telling us how you made it, too. I really want to try making one of my own (not for a costume, just to wear around the house).
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
You should definitely give it a try! Upload a photo if you do, I'd love to see it!
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