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Paper Mache Odangos or Odangoes of Doom Tutorial
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Hey guys been awhile since I posted here. Ok I wanted to do an Odango tutorial, but there were so many out there I did'nt want to bother. Then I discovered that some Odangos on some characters are ridiculously huge!! Now you can use Styrofoam, however it is pricy if you are doing the over sized ones plus it adds so much weight to your head and thats something we all don't want. I figured paper maache is light weight and a great way to save money since the wig itself is gonna be a bit pricy. Here is an example of one of my favorite characters I constantly cosplay Lynn Minmay: ep8_minmays_birthday_dress

Good lord those are huge and the up to date version of her has them downsized, but still I prefer the old school version.

Ok now you see where this is going so lets get started first lets see the pros and cons of doing this type of Odangos:

Pros: Very cheap and light weight

Cons: Time consuming and a bit messy

Ok lets get started:

1. Newspaper Strips torn to small squares
2.Mod Podge  (papermache paste or  glue mixed with water and flour)
3.Beach Balls simular in size for your odangos
4.Water (a cup or 2)
5. Acylic Paint to match wig color
6. Knife or anything sharpe to carve
7.Extensions (non wefted)
10.Blowdryer ( try and get one with a medium setting)

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Ok here are the supplies im gonning to use. I highly recommend Mod Podge beacuse its quick and easy and seals the newsprint as well.

Picture 002 First dip some strips of newspaper in water and apply it to the ball. This process will allow us to make our mold and the paper mache from sticking to the ball. You can use vasaline, but this is more cleaner.

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Cover the entire ball with wet newspaper strips. Do about 2 layers. You don't have to let it dry beacuse once you have it covered its on to the next step.

Picture 006 Dip some strips into the ModPodge until they are evenly coated.

Picture 005 Cover the ball with the modpoged strips. You can use a sponge brush to spread it over the strips if you want. Make sure that you apply it very smoothly so you won't have any lumps!!!

 Picture 009 Let the first layer dry. I gave mine 2 hours or it depends on the tempurature of the room. Once it completly dried I applyed a second layer, let dry, then another. Do this pattern until you have about 5 or 6 layers. It's really up to you how many you want.

Picture 010 Make sure when you are applying the strips to leave a hole where the stopper is. You will see why in the next step which is my favorite part.

Picture 011 ok pull the stopper and let the air out. If the air is being stubborn slightly squeeze on the top part of the ball utill it comes out. Now pull it out of the mold.

Picture 013 See this is why the water strips came in handy!!

Now you can reuse the ball over and over again.

Picture 015By the way this took me about 2 days so yeah its time consuming but not consumming your wallet!!! .

Also if you did'nt use modgpodge then use Varnish to seal in the newsprint very important. Any shine will do from Matte to satin finishes.

Picture 016 Now on to painting. Since Minmay"s classic hairstyle is Black then im going to paint the balls to match the extensions.

Picture 017 ok Round 2 The balls are painted and dried and now its onto making them into Odangos. If you  are'nt familiar with making Odangos then I will show you how, but since these are paper mached the only differece is carving the hole. With styrofoam your carving and craving till you get a hole to not only fit , but to maintain the extra hair as you tuck it into the ball.

Picture 018 Ok mark where you want to carve your hole. I used a coke bottle top as a pattern and drew around it. It up to you how big you want it.

Picture 019 taking a knife or xacto, or any sharp object carefully stab and carve till you have a hole. Please be carefull.

Picture 020 You can stop here or you can continue till you have the entire outline. I kinda stopped because I knew this was enough space for the extensions to fit.

Picture 021 Both are ready.

Picture 024 Take your fiber( extensions) out of the packet. and smooth it out. Don't remove the ruberband yet.

Picture 025 I took a ruberband and taking one of the extensions I put it in the middle this is going to help me measure how long I want it to fit. I recommend doing this because it saves you on extensions and makes a perfect fit.

Picture 026 ok taking hair scciors or you can use regualr cut under neath the side of the rubberband so both pieces will be held together.

Picture 027 Apply hot glue to the inside of the hole. Basicly you are outlining it underneath.

Picture 028 insert the extensions in ruberband side.

Picture 029 Flip over and taking a pencil or anything long press it onto the glue tiue till it dries. Apply more if you have o .

Picture 030 Apply a thin layer of glue onto the side of the ball. Have your hairspray and blowdryer ready!! This may take you 2 hours or less depending on the type of hairdryer you have. I have 3 speed which I have a medium heat setting. Medium setting is like apply high heat to a wig which is a nono, but this is safe since it does'nt scorch the wig.

Picture 031 Taking a a little fiber at a time smooth it onto the glue and apply hairspray. Use blowdryer to dry. I place the dryer directly on to the fiber and made a downward motion. Use low or medium not high.

Picture 033 Apply hot glue at the edge and apply the ends of the fiber to hold it into place.

Picture 034 Coninue this pattern: Hotglue, smooth, Hairspray, blowdry/smooth.
Picture 035 If you runout insert more extensions into the hole and continue till the whole ball is covered. Once it is covered apply more hairspray onto the entire ball and blow dry it to make sure it is smooth and holds its shape.

Picture 036 Apply more glue at the bottom to hold the fiber ends.

218196_3231032874300_783935613_n And voila you have Odangos..of Doom!! As you can see the bottom part can fit your stubbs. So this ends the tutorial I hope you have fun making these and a lot of time on your hands!! It took me about 3 days and saved me about 40.00 so if its worth the wait and your wallet then this is for you.


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