Tools List



Necessary Tools
BALDING
Good light (do NOT attempt this is a dim place!)
Blunt needle for pushing thick plugs into head
Wood or metal block for pressing needle thought head
Sharp, strong scissors for cutting hair
Small crochet hook for loosening stubborn plugs
Hemostats or tweezers for extracting hair
Bag for collecting old hair (whether you throw it out or keep it)



PAINTING
Good light
Good ventilation (paint, sealer, alcohol, and acetone fumes are toxic!)
Doll head
Acetone for removing unwanted factory paint (remove head and face paint at the same time)
Vinyl specific, craft\artistís acrylic, air brush, or model car\airplane paint
Craft sealer, or craft varnish, for fixing paint
Application brushes (1\4" flat for the head, 18/0-20/0-30/0 for the face are good sizes)
Inexpensive\disposable plastic or paper palette for mixing\diluting\testing paint and sealer
Water (or diluent) tub for rinsing brushes and thinning paint and sealer
Isopropyl alcohol 91% for repairing mistakes



(RE)ROOTING
Good light (do NOT attempt this is a dim place!)
Bald Soft Head
Sharp,fat needle for implanting hair
Wood or metal block for pressing needle thought head
Thin doll needle for the actual rooting
Strong pliers for pulling needle through holes
Strong thread, like "Upholstery", "Button\Craft\Carpet", or "Heavy"
Hair (duh)
Sharp scissors for trimming hair ends
Small clips for holding hair out of the way


Glue and Seal
Good light (do NOT attempt this is a dim place!)
Good ventilation (glue fumes are toxic!)
Doll head
Water-insoluble, permanent glue for sealing head
Cotton-Swab for distributing glue
Inexpensive\disposable plastic or paper palette for mixing\diluting\testing glue
Water (or diluent) tub for thinning if necessary


Thatching
Good light (do NOT attempt this is a dim place!)
Good ventilation (styling gel fumes are toxic!)
Thin needle for separating plugs
Rooted and glued doll head
Hair brush or comb
Hair tie, rubber band, or clip for holding extra hair out of the way
Hair gel

Set and Tame
Good light (do NOT attempt this is a dim place!)
Rooted doll head (or finished wig)
Hair brush or comb
Potholder
Burner
Pot
Tall cup
Sink
Water
Ice



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