First, we start by collecting our resources. For this we need:
- A lace front wig
- Malleable block - this is a head-shaped block stuffed with sawdust. It is soft to touch but firm inside as the sawdust is packed together. The wigs are pinned on to it for washing and dressing.
- Cling film - The whole block is covered in cling film before the wig is washed. This protects it from water damage.
- Lills - also known as dressmaking pins. Small, thin pins used to attach the wig to the block.
- Stonkers - large, longer pins used to hold the wig in place on the block. They can be taken out onces the first few lills have been inserted.
- Galloon - a ribbon-like piece of material, which is used with lills to secure down the lace section of the wig. As the lace is delicate and could rip, the galloon acts as an extra layer of protection against the pins.
The following is mine and Debbie's finished blocked wig. From here, this can be washed and dressed accordingly. I've labelled the pictures so you can see each individual part:
I've enlarged both of the pictures so it is clear to see the lills. I found the process a bit fiddly at first - I kept dropping the lills and jabbing myself with them! - but with practise I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.
More to come next week :) x