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FFX Shiva wig tutorial by gerodere FFX Shiva wig tutorial by gerodere
O_O wow! This got a Daily Deviation!! Thanks everyone who's faved or commented, and thanks to *Talty for nomating me, you are sweet beyond words, dear! :heart:

[edit: Thanks to #FinalFantasy-Cosplay for their journal feature! I hope if you wandered into here through the group that this helps you out.]

Some people wanted to see how I made Shiva's wig, so here it is! I'm not a wig master by any means, so this was a bit of trial and error for me as well. The techniques in here that I used for foam core and wefting are basic techniques that are helpful for most advanced-styled wigs, so don't think they are limited to Shiva. :D

Some notes on the pouf tutorial:
Only follow the tutorial up to the part where the wire mesh is sewn onto the wig mesh. Do NOT start pulling and pinning up the hair onto the mesh. You don't need to do this because you'll be sewing wefts onto the mesh, which will cover it up.

:bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletyellow:NOTES ON THE MATERIALS:bulletyellow::bulletyellow::bulletyellow:

[13 packs of Black and Gold Kanekalon braid] - I got mine from I Kick Shins. Be sure to buy the ones labeled "Jumbo Braid" on this page [link] and not the "silky straight" ones, which are more expensive and don't have the right texture for dredlocks.

[1 skein blue yarn] - the cheap stuff from Red Heart works great.

[20 yards gold ribbon] - Thicker metallic ribbons with a grain to them look better for this wig, so avoid satin ribbons, which have too muted a color and texture

[1 spool 12 or 16 gauge jewelry wire] - use jewelry wire, not regular hardware store wire, because it needs to be soft enough to thread and tightly twist without hurting fingers.

[6 small wooden rings / 2 medium-size styrofoam rings] - the size of the rings is really up to you and what your local store has, but the front rings need to be smaller than the back rings, and I could not find any small styrofoam rings, so I went with wood (which are easier to paint too)

[Aqua Net hair spray] - you will use the entire can of this, so get the cheapest hairspray you can find (usually AquaNet)

[Fabric glue or hot glue] - I like Fabri-Tac glue

[Blue thread (regular cotton/poly blend)] - don't use 100% cotton thread as it breaks easier

[Wig head and clamp] - VERY IMPORTANT! You cannot make this wig without a wig head + clamp

[Needles, both straight and curved] - you can find curved needles in any sewing store like JoAnn. They're commonly used for quilting.


You'll notice in the tutorial that I didn't suggest you stuff the wig head in order to make sure it will be big enough to fit your head when you're done, like most heavily styled wigs. This is because it isn't necessary - the wig is so immensely heavy when it's complete that the wefts, foam, rings, ribbon, etc will drag the entire thing down and make the wig mesh sag, so that it will be too big for any normal sized human head.

To wear the wig, I suggest buying some hair combs like these [link] and sewing 3 or 4 of them to the inside of the wig mesh around the front hairline. Then when are you ready to put the wig on, French braid your hair around the front of your head (like Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi - see this tutorial if you haven't done this before [link]). The wig combs will dig into the braid and prevent the wig from slipping backward.

Painful? Yeah, it is, a bit - but if you're cosplaying Shiva, that's the least of your worries. :XD: :XD: :XD:


I hope this helped prospective Shiva cosplayers out a bit, and offered the rest of you a look at what has so far been the most intense project of my cosplay life.

Let me know if you spot any typoes or mistakes in the tutorial. Thanks!
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Given 2010-11-11
FFX Shiva wig tutorial -- Suggester's words: *gerodere made this complicated and beautiful wig and she's kind enough to share the technique! I see a lot of potential in this tutorial, she explains so many techniques that can be used for many other wigs. The result it stunning! ( Suggested by Talty and Featured by FantasyStock )
trixielestrange Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I am so grateful for your tutorial on shiva's wig.. I am planning on cosplaying next sakura con in seattle and i wasn't sure how to make her wig since i am still a novice cosplayer. Thank you so so much :)
Mihneis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student
This is incredible. You are incredible. Congrats on a DD and a great cosplay uwu
Kalifrak Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though I have no inclination to cosplay as Shiva, this is my favorite cosplay tutorial ever. Of all time.
BaraKashi Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
gerodere Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Bambi--Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I really can't wait to start this in the next couple of weeks! You are literally my saviour for this! <3 Thank you
TheSmeil Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg you are amazing
gerodere Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
aw thanks :heart:
Kitsunekittychan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wheew.. this is amazing thank you for sharing this. I found it on Arda wigs website.
TobiNobody Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Beyond amazing. Fantastic work.
ChaosFoxCostuming Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I plan to do shiva one day when I have the time and the wig honestly scare's me this will come in handy.
electricswing Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Oh man that is INSANE
You went from a straight blue wig to that
That's amazing dang
gerodere Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
XD lol thanks!
DreamBlacknWhite Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing something like this. I've been looking all over the place on how to make it. I can't wait to get started on mine ^_^
gerodere Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good luck! :)
sorumeshe-cosplay Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much!~
Shiva ALWAYS scared me, I don't know why. xD
MikiyoOo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Upper Awesome **
annoy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
awesome ill have to remember this when i get around to doing shiva ^^ .....damn thats gonna take a while XD
AydenGracePhoto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Featured Here: [link]
gerodere Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :heart:
taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is amazing - thank you for putting this together! I've been wracking my brains on a Steampunk idea that is rather similar, and don't want it to weigh so much that I get a neck cramp ;P

I also never thought of using wire to help hold everything in place - how ingenious! Thank you for making this, it is really a great tutorial and great ideas spring from it!
gerodere Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome!! I'm really glad it's helped you out :D I'd love to see your finished project when it's all ready, if you take any photos. :heart:
August425 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
That's insane! For one, it looks really hard to make, and two, it looks very, very good! I absolutely love it! Thanks for making this!
miccostumes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
wonderful tutorial gerodere, i have add this tutorial in our final fantasy cosplay tutorials list at [link] work from you!!
gerodere Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy cow! I don't intend on cosplaying Shiva anytime in the forseeable future, but I totally wanna make a Shiva wig, just for the challenge... Maybe after getting some more wig practice in. Thanks so much for taking the time to shae this with us.
Puma-Lightning Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
WOW...I must say I love you for this tutorial!
TerukomoShinra Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a quick question. The 'dreads section' Would it also work for Xaldins hair?
gerodere Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It definitely would! You'll have to scale down the size of the foam core quite a bit, but that's quite easy to do (and a lot cheaper than a Shiva wig XD) Remember to stuff your wig head while doing this, though. If you don't, you will end up with a wig that won't cover the back of your head all the way, which sucks to put on (I've done it!)
TerukomoShinra Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that would suck!
Thank you! I kinda thought it would but I wasn't sure. Some of my friends were asking me how to do the Xaldin wigs, Since I've done something similar with natural hair but i wasn't sure with wigs...
But thank you :D!
Lolipuff Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! I may want to do Shiva's cosplay so this will be very helpfull!!
Stang-cool Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010

Five stars!
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
:heart: This deviation has been featured in my article, "November 2010 Resources DDs." Congratulations again on your fabulous work in dA's Resources gallery!
gerodere Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
tatsuhi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
where do you get the loose hair?
gerodere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I got the extensions from I Kick Shins. You can see the website link above in the "notes" section on the deviation comments ^_^
tatsuhi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
lol I should probably look next time lol
the tut was awesome btw. I only wish I had something crazy like this to work on
animegirl007 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Very detailed...thanks alot :nod:
kazelisa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
O-M-G !
wanderjaku Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
WOW now this is best ideal making ever
you have great talent
KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Awesome. Congrats to you :clap:
contra-rawr Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, what an amazing and thorough tutorial! no wonder it got a DD. thanks for making this!
nicole20092002 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
wow thats some mad skills :D i love it
LagunaFlare Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student Photographer
Well deserved, Ger. :D
GranPaals Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Wo0ow Thats Good Fave
gise-chan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!!! O.o
Rainbow-Spex Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOOOOOWWWW that must be one heavy wig
sun-stars-sea Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student General Artist
If only half of the cosplayers took efforts... impressive, kudos to you :meow:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is wonderful. The step by step instructions are well informed and put together with love and care. I can tell just from your tutorial you put a lot of love and care into everything you do! Well done and congratulations on your DD. It is well deserved.
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