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01 May 2009 @ 08:28 pm
Celica wig.  
Celica wig and pony tail clip ons from Zephyr came in the mail from Japan yesterday. I ordered late monday, it was shipped out tuesday, at my door when I woke up thursday. I love my speedy Japanese wig services.

This was my first time ordering non-heat resistant type wigs from zephyr. I wasn't disappointed~ the fiber is non-tangly and super-smooth. I was a little anxious about how I'd look in purple, but it was a really nice non-clashing shade. the sheen is peculiar but rather pretty. I like it.

Sadly, in between Japan and America, it seems like one of the clipons had broken in transit. D: SO I decided to engage in a little surgery to extract and replace it, and I took pictures along the way since I'd never seen a guide to the process (in case any one else ever needs to make their own clipon ponytails, or needs to replace a clip).

here is what a healthy non-broken clipon looks like....actually my broken one looked like this too. but anyway.

the wig netting is pretty much just shoved through the jaws of the claw clip (making it look like a terrifying carnivorous vagina), so that you can just clip it on the wig and go. however with one of the clipons, the handle part of the clipon couldn't be squeezed to open it.

so I cautiously pulled the wig netting out of the claw clip and extracted it from the wig fiber. now it looks like a more normal vagina

okay, that would explain why it wasn't opening.

there was no way I'd be able to re-wrangle another clip back in, since the fit was too tight, and trying to keep a claw clip open while forcing both sides proved to be pretty much impossible. so it was time to take it apart!

the first step was to figure out how the ponytail fibers were held on to the clip. as it turns out, there is a small elastic cord running through the perimeter that holds it together. one little snip, and...

bam, it's a flat rectangle of wefts. if you were interested in making your own clip on ponytails, this is the base you'd need to make.

at this point I sifted through my sewing collection to find the tools I needed to reconstruct it: a tapestry (blunt) needle, and a bit of elastic.

I then threaded the elastic through where the old elastic had been--there was a little tube of netting sewn in place for it to rest in.

all the way through~

closeup of the elastic/tube casing.

earlier I'd run to walmart to get these.

checked the size....yup, seems to fit okay.

hooking one side of the clip into the netting~ since there's a lot of "ease", be sure to arrange the extra parts as you like. (putting more on the top or more on the side will result in a slightly different look, so be sure both of your pigtails have similar placements!)

leaving the elastic untied for now.

after wrangling the other side into it (sorry, no pictures as it took both hands), it closed on itself. looking a little bit more back to normal! still needed to tie off the elastic tight enough to permanently secure it in place, though.

it's kind of hard to tie something with one hand, so I shoved a handily sized object from my desk (spool of thread) in to keep the jaws open while tying the knot.

yay it is tied! you could probably sew it or something for extra security.

feel free to clip it to wherever you like~~

here's some other random pictures of the wig, since I'm too lazy to make a separate post.

base wig pre-bangs cutting. I feel a little overgrown.

back of the wig~

holding one of the clipons horizontally so you can see the volume.

from the back. ponytails are really long and go down to my butt.

from the front. I had to stand on my tiptoes to get the bottom part in the mirror (hence the strange hand placement).

back of wig.


I think I might actually take out both clipons and put tinier clips in, since this version of celica has strange ponytail cover things that go over/under it....and I still need to cut the bangs back/style it a little more...but you get the general idea. I think I really like ponytail wigs, they're super-cute feeling ;_;
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Sander Fucking Cohen: Shake that ass!chibik3r0 on May 2nd, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
THAT LOOKS ADORABLE *uses Celica icon*
ryuuraigeki: *sparkle*ryuuraigeki on May 2nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)


Phoenixpho3nix on May 2nd, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Nice job on the surgery. It looks much better with clear clips, actually.

I really like how the wig looks like =3.
ryuuraigeki: road to hellryuuraigeki on May 2nd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I actually only have one in yet, ahah. that's why they're a little lopsided still. XD (one still has the original clip in it)
nyaonyaonekonyaonyaoneko on May 2nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial! I think I'm going to do a version of Celica too at some point, so this is nice to know!
ryuuraigeki: *sparkle*ryuuraigeki on May 2nd, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
no problem!

yay celica parties!
nyaonyaoneko: workingnyaonyaoneko on May 27th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Question for you! Not sure if you'll check this because you're taking a break but...(hope you're doing well btw!!!) You think if you cut up a really long wig into two big rectangles of wefts, you could use something like that to make your own ponytails? I can't find a ponytail wig in the color I want but I can find a really long one... You think something like that would work?
ryuuraigeki: cosplay time?ryuuraigeki on May 27th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
(I'm a pathetic internet addict, sadly...)

anyway, I don't see why not! Although I think that making two normal sized rectangles would be a little better, since if they're very much bigger, too much extra fabric to pull in around the teeth could be difficult. Within the normal sized rectangle space, you could sew in a ton of extra wefts so that it's really dense across what space there is.
nyaonyaoneko: happynyaonyaoneko on May 27th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
How big would you say the rectangles should be? (Generally speaking of course, I know you worked on your wig awhile ago) Your way seems like a really good idea, I guess I just had no clue how big the rectangles really are.

Your Celica ended up adorable in the few pictures I've seen! You looked soooo pretty in that wig too!
sariasariaktpq on May 2nd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
you're seriously the most talented person that i know. xD

it looks fuckin' cute!
ryuuraigeki: shadowedryuuraigeki on May 2nd, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
there's a lot of people out there who are waaaaaaaaaaay more talented than me, aha.

thank you though :D
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ryuuraigeki: finger bang bang!ryuuraigeki on May 2nd, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
she looks too nice for me!

what is it? o_o
Miyabi VonSexypants: crona smiletalianthala on May 2nd, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
That color actually look really pretty on you!
and I laughed at "carnivorous vagina" It reminds me of this:

Vagina Dentata!
ryuuraigeki: can't speakryuuraigeki on May 2nd, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
aghgdsljkgsjkjg vaginas, why are they attached to nice things like melons T_T
Lisadyxlisa on May 2nd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
wah your creativity with remaking the ponytail clip is really impressive! Also glad to hear the the non-heat-resistant wigs from Zephyr are pretty good, because I finally ended up buying the yuri one a few days ago because it was on sale 20% off. lol Sadly enough, it totally ended up being cheaper than if I had gotten something from cosworx even after shipping.
ryuuraigeki: *sparkle*ryuuraigeki on May 2nd, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
oooooooooh, how was it? if it was a few days ago that you ordered it probably arrived already? I want pictures! (when you have time~)

and yeah, cosworx is hella expensive. even cyperous was cheaper if you played your cards right. (waaaay cheaper if you went with non-heat-resis stuff...)
Lisadyxlisa on May 2nd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Well, it actually took them a couple of days to process for some reason (maybe because of Golden Week?) Actually, when I didn't receive a confirmation quickly I was totally thinking 'oh shit did I screw the order up somehow?' Very possible, since as I've said my japanese is pretty much nonexistent. But I received a confirmation yesterday, so I guess I should be receiving it sometime next week--will totally take pictures (study break lol)

Seriously! I did try to get something from cyperous once but it kind of ended up not happening...at least the girl organizing it gave my money back. Now I'll never have one ;A;
ryuuraigeki: downcastryuuraigeki on May 3rd, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
ooooh, golden week could do it, perhaps. even if it's a giant online shopping service thing.

how exciting~ I'll be curious to see it.

awwww. (if they ever start international orders again you're welcome to be in on my group orders!)
Lisadyxlisa on May 3rd, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
I could sure use a golden week right now. orz

awww thanks!! It'd definitely be nice if they opened up orders again.