It’s All About Wig Making
I thought it can be a good idea to talk in regards to the importance of getting a good working position or ventilating place. I touched very briefly on this challenge some time ago on this blog, however I have completed enough of my very own work now to have the ability to remark more in depth on it.
Clearly wig making is a time consuming activity to interact in and because of the nature of the beast you possibly can end up sat for extremely long intervals looking at one thing in very minute detail. This kind of labor can have quite a detrimental impression on your physique if you aren’t careful and conscious. There are a number of things to consider:
1. The position you sit in
2. Your eyes
The position you sit in to work – I’ve tried fairly a variety of positions now, starting from the plain one in all sitting at a surface resembling a desk, workbench or desk through to the much less obvious of sitting in a squishy armchair with tons cushions and a beanbag to relaxation my legs on! I also have ventilated in mattress, on my bed, sitting on a sofa and doubtless some others I can’t even remember.
One factor I have observed is that it is dependent upon what kind of labor I am doing as to which place is more appropriate and snug. For me, hand sewing tends to work fairly well with the block on a clamp at a table/desk/bench or with the block in my lap whereas I am sitting on the sofa or in an armchair with my ft on the bottom.
When ventilating, I have to be ready to alter the position and peak of the block more easily and it varies fairly markedly as to what angle/peak I want the wig block to be at, depending on which space I am working on. For instance, if I am working on the precise aspect of the inspiration, I prefer to swivel the block so that this facet is primary to me slightly than twisting myself to reach it/have a look at it. In addition, ventilating for lengthy stretches is certainly more comfy, for me personally, if I am sitting in a comfy seat slightly than at a table/desk/bench. So I’ve been finding it extra snug to sit with my legs supported by something so I can have them larger up (not on the ground), both resting on a large beanbag or a footstool. That way I can have them bent or crossed and prop the wig block up on them. I have also been utilizing a cushion on my legs and then placing the block on that (the cushion is just like the scatter sort you use on a sofa and is feather, so it moulds to the block form if I press down on it a bit bit and stops it from rolling facet to side or away from me).
Side notice – I know I am not the one person who ventilates ready the place their legs are raised (if they don’t seem to be utilizing a clamp or stand). I as soon as watched a video of a theatrical wig maker who labored by sitting on a excessive stool with her legs propped up on a high stage work surface/bench! The block was positioned in her lap. She spent hours ventilating like that – so I guess what works for you really does depends in your physique and any physical points you want to beat/compensate for (e.g. if you have already got a back or neck downside to bear in mind).
If I need to ventilate on my mattress, I normally sit cross legged and then rest the block on my legs, again using a cushion to lift the height of the block. I put plenty of pillows behind me to support my back and shoulders. You will get a wig cradle to place your wig block in, as this helps to stabilise the block when working with it in a horizontal place. It functions regardless of whether you’re working at a table or with the cradle resting in your lap. It looks like this:
Accessible from Banbury Postiche.
If you’re working at a desk/table/bench it’s possible you’ll need to get an adjustable chair that permits you to adjust the angle of the backrest and seat, as well because the height of the seat to an acceptable level. Workplace chairs are good for this function. If you do not have one or cannot afford one and find you’re sitting too low, then use some cushions or seat pads to raise the peak of your chair seat. If your work surface (and thus the wig) is too low, then increase the extent of the block through the use of an adjustable clamp or put one thing massive (cellphone directories, outdated shoe boxes full of books) underneath the block/cradle to boost the top of the block in order that it’s nearer your eyes/hands.
– Fluctuate the position you sit in as this might help stop muscle ache
– Use props, if crucial, to assist your physique – e.g. cushions under arms or against your again or underneath your bottom (!) to lift you to the appropriate top when working at a hard floor or a footstool or beanbag to assist your feet/legs
– Ensure your block is at the proper angle in order to prevent neck pressure/ache and shoulder tension
Your Eyes – Lighting is vital because it can make so much difference to how well you might be seeing the area you might be working on. I have even thought I used to be seeing quite nicely until I turned additional lighting on and then realised that I was truly straining somewhat bit to see clearly. This is particularly a factor if working throughout the winter or within the evening/at evening. You may get specialist daylight lamps and magnifyer lamps that are free standing on a desk prime, clamp to a surface or are free standing on the floor. If you can’t afford one, using a desk lamp to highlight the world you are engaged on can be useful. I sometimes use one like this:
Glasses are another issue – I do suppose it’s value getting your eyes checked if you haven’t recently had an eye fixed exam and mentioning the shut work you are doing or will likely be doing. I wear glasses for mild quick sightedness and astigmatism. I have seen that when I am doing any close work (not just wig making, however crafting etc.), if I search for after focusing on an merchandise close-up, I can not focus properly for distance vision. If I wear my glasses, I don’t have this problem, so to keep away from eye strain and complete blurriness once i lookup, I have been carrying them for wig making.
Use a contrasting backgroung colour to assist your eyes see the distinction between hair and lace/foundation materials. Vibrant blue paper or blue painters tape helps to create contrast between the lace and hair. This can be crucial in case you are utilizing less ‘seen’ hair. For example, I am at present using darkish hair against a pale/translucent lace, which is fine if the lighting is nice as the dark in opposition to light is fairly apparent. However, when doing restore work for someone else, I was working with blonde hair on a translucent lace. The base color of my block is a type of of taupey gray and isn’t very helpful for helping anything (darkish or gentle) to point out up. On this occasion (when working with lighter hair) I might definitely use some sort of brighter color behind it – the blue works well and is favoured by wig makers. You can cowl the block (or styrofoam head in case you are using a kind of) with 22 inch blonde human hair extensions it fairly simply or, if you’re in a pinch and have some shiny blue paper, you should utilize that by pinning a small section of it to the block or head under the realm you are engaged on. I have used both and so they work equally well visually. Although in the long run, the tape works better as you’ll be able to cover the entire area you can be working on. If you employ the paper, it’s not sensible to cowl the whole space as you will see that you’ve pins holding the paper down which get in the way in which of your work and could potentially snag your basis.
To sum up..
– Ensure satisfactory, brilliant lighting is illuminating the realm you are working on
– Create constrast between the hair and lace if mandatory
– Wear glasses, if wanted, and/or use a magnifyer to prevent eye strain
– Make sure that to maintain your work close sufficient which you can see it effectively – use a cushion, wig cradle, clamp or stand to get the block at the right distance
Breaks – it is straightforward to get sucked into the wig making vortex and end up ventilating for hours with no break. It is a good suggestion to alter positions each so often – get up and walk around for a few minutes, have a drink, have a look at one thing in the distance (good on your eyes to deal with far away when you have been specializing in shut-up work for some time – based on my optician).. stretch! Give your hands a wiggle – they can get a bit stiff (in my case) and sore from holding the hair beneath a specific amount of stress and from holding the needle holder. Should you battle to recollect to take a break, set a timer to go off periodically.
Wig making must be fun! Because it takes fairly a very long time to make a wig from scratch (particularly if you’re a beginner and studying learn how to make the foundation and to get into a ventilating rhythm), it’s worthwhile taking a little time to figure out an excellent place with the intention to enjoy many pleased, flexible and ache-free hours of wig making!