When I was making my mock up for my headdress (we didn’t do designs, just went straight on with the 3D :/), i used curled newspaper to create hair. My tutor quite like the “newspaperness” of it, so I had the challenge of finding a way to make this work on the final piece. The photo shows some of my finished hair pieces. I again used heat transfer paper, printing copies of pages from “Corsets and Crinolines” by Norah Waugh. This fab book has contemporary quotes from journals, magazine and letters of the time discussing various changes in women’s fashionable undergarments. I thought these would be good topics to include as my “whispers” caught in the hair. I origianlly assumed I would be able to just curl the fabric (silk habotai) with my hair curlers. No. That didn’t work. It took several trial and error attempts to work out a sucessful method -
After the transfer has been made, stick the piece of fabric to tissue paper, with UHU GLUE, and allow to dry. Then lightly spray with spray-starch. The fabric can then be cut into strips and heated using a hair tong, at about 150 degrees, a low setting for most models, for 15-20 seconds. I then held my strips in their tight curls off the tongs for a few seconds to let them cool down. And hopefully they will stay curled once they are on the headdress.