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Botan Wig Tutorial by IllynReaver Botan Wig Tutorial by IllynReaver
I made this for all the people that keep asking me how I made my Botan wig. I hope it helps to answer some questions. If anything needs to be clarified, or you have a question about it feel free to PM me. But please read through this first, before asking.

Helpful links:

[link] walk through of how to make high ponytail

[link] sew wefts

[link] stubbing
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beopower Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
What happens if you only pull the hair up, like normal hair to make a ponytail? Does the weft show up? 
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
Sorry I've been trying to answer this for the last 30min because my internet keeps acting up. To answer the question, yes the wefts will show through if you just pull the hair up like regular hair. However there are several solutions to this problem. One you can do this lovely criss cross style from godsavethequeenfashion. www.godsavethequeenfashions.co… Another is to sew wefts along the underside of the wig and pull up to cover spots where the wefts show through. You could even tease the hair a bit. It really just depends on how high you want the ponytail to be. 
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beopower Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Thank you for answering ! :D
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
No problem. :) 
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MidnightDestiny04 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
An awesome tutorial! It looks so cool and authentic.
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thank you. :) I tried to make it easy to follow.
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MidnightDestiny04 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And it does seem easy! ^^
Bingo! You win the prize! lol Ah YYH. Good times, good times.
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
XD good!
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
To make the wefts, did you take hair directly from the wig or did you buy packets of extensions/wefts?
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I butchered another wig for wefts, as well as buying some loose extensions and made my own wefts.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Ah okay, just curious because I have to make a Sailor Cosmos wig (similar to Sailor Moon only the odango's are heart shaped) and I bought a 51" long wig and sixteen 20" extensions and I keep looking at everything and asking myself "will this be enough"? And I can't find many online tutorials on Sailor Moon wigs (surprisingly) that talk about the wefts.
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I'd suggest checking out this lady's gallery. I provided links in the tutorial, as she's the one who inspired me to make my Botan Wig after reading how she made a high ponytail wig. [link]

Also this lady [link] does a lot of Sailor Moon wigs.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I have already consulted Kukki-san already lol! I asked her on how she did the heart-shaped odango's and what-not. I also am on a budged for my costumes, so I couldn't buy too much and I feel like I don't have enough lol. I'll probably have to take hair from the wig to use as wefts though. I can't afford for someone to style it for me either - I'd rather not do that.
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Lol! Ah okay. I understand.

Did you look at that other link? The lady does a sort of criss cross thing with the hair in the back. It's something to try, anyway. I did it with another wig that I haven't posted pics of yet.
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Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I just went back to your links and they're the same - Kukki-san lol

And does the criss cross method work well?
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
crap. Guess I messed up when I posted them.

I thought it worked well. [link]
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're amazing, ya know that?


















And also, I love you for this.
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Oh, thank you. :D

I'm glad you like it.
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, luv!
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Kyrie-Alise Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
I was wondering if you had to dye your wig. If you did then how?
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
I did not dye it, I simply made wefts of different colors.
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mousegirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
GREAT tut!
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Thank you! :heart:
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DaimaouGirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
I've seen your Botan at a con before and always wondered how you made the wig. Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Oh thank you! :) and you're welcome
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deliriously-dying Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
So good!! I was always wondering how to make this hair... thank you for uploading this! :heart:
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Thank you ^_^ I'm glad you like the tutorial.
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vvmasterdrfan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i always wondered how you made this wig ^_^ great job!
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
^__^ XD Thanks! :glomp:
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ShinseiTenshi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW!!! 8D

You did a super good job showing all the steps! I would have never thought of putting it together that way! o3o
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
XDDD

Thanks! ^____^ I'd tried my best to explain everything, and really glad I took pictures while making it lol!
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ShinseiTenshi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
The pictures are EXTREMELY helpful! Visuals are always the best with this sort of thing!
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
^___^ yayness.
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Resident-Reno Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
THIS IS AMAZING. Super helpful, super detailed. Great job, as always!
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
:hug: Thanks!
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Siesna Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Sweet!!! Okay, it all makes sense now! I'm definitely a visual learner, I was having a lot of trouble imagining this. xD So glad you took pictures of the process!
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
^__^ I'm glad I took pics of it as well, just wish I'd taken pics while I was sewing wefts. But at least I put up a link to a weft sewing tutorial. XDD
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