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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: www.etsy.com/au/shop/CuriousCe…
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 welfts 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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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  New member
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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Aliazanetsu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
This is awesome ! *_*
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Nexst3r Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW so that is the magic behind it. When i saw your other pic (deeed.deviantart.com/art/Octop…, i thought it was all just hair even when getting the form of the octopus head. Simple method but it looks really marvelous!!
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just... Wow. So simple, but still so intricate!
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SheThor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
This is brilliant! I'll have to use this sometime in the future, if you do not mind that is. :)
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TheLastMockingjay23 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Photographer
Im making myself a siren/mermaid costume for my halloween this year, and I haven't been able to find a headpiece that suited my fancy--UNTIL NOW. this is absolutely gorgeous, thank you SO much for posting the instructions!!!!!!! Many thanks, many hugs.
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LauraSmithLara Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Absolutely beautiful, original and creative. I bow to you, ma'am.
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reptoJane Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really beautifully done.  You need a good eye for proportion to really capture the true beauty and mystery of the octopus... and you did it perfectly!  Thank you for sharing this tutorial.
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tychesecho Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Wow, that's incredible!
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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
freakin' awesome!
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CheshireCat1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is really cool. Great idea and craftsmanship! I would like to see it from the front.
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
HA HA oh wow, your icon cracks me up. Only went to Germany once but we turned on the tv and saw this strange bread puppet....

Alas, the front isn't nearly as exciting but I will try to get some more photos taken soon.
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CoralineCaroline Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is amazing, I love the progression from start to finish!
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