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Wigs and accessories

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:16 am
by The Castle Keepers

1) I need a really good Elizabeth I ginger wig, authentic for about 1570s. Can anyone recommend a good shop or online site?

2) I need Boudica jewellery- a torc and a couple of brooches, possibly a belt too. Can anyone recommend either somewhere to buy some, or books, sites or instruction methods for making my own?

Many thanks!!

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:08 pm
by Nicole
I got all my Baroque wigs (male and female) from Derek Easton, he is brilliant, albeit "pricey". It really is a case of paying for quality.

Just supply him with good period images and you'll get back a brilliant item. He's happy to restyle if you're not quite satisfied and he also does cleaning and re-setting.

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:28 pm
by Shadowcat
Hi Nicole - good to see you here - I made the Danse Ecosse gowns.

Derek has been providing wigs for my customers since 1984, and is helpful, knowledgeable, and brilliant at his job. If you can send a picture he will do his very best to accomodate you.


Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:57 pm
by John Waller
I'll try and find you contact details for my friend Linda. She used to do wiggery for the ENO and has done some for reenactors inc the LH Workshop group. I think she still does freelance work.

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:14 pm
by The Castle Keepers
Thank you for all these- will investigate! (:

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:26 pm
by m300572
I need Boudica jewellery- a torc and a couple of brooches, possibly a belt too

Torc are made from wire rope with cast on ends (at least the high status electrum ones are). There is a company who make them (possibly called the Hoard).

Brooches - penannulars are fairly easy from thick copper/brass/bronze wire. Its just a circle with a segment cut out of it and a pin attached. I made some fairly ropy ones years ago by plying copper wire but most of the rreal ones are a single rod. Have a look in the ADS for site reports with real examples illustrated (I think there are a few in the Danebury reports) Fibulae may be more difficult.

Belt - leather or tablet weave. Little evidence for Iron Age belts in Britain (little equating to none) but either of these options would give you a discussion point. I hold my Iron Age trousers up with a cord of handspun and plied wool.

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:09 pm
by agesofelegance
I 3rd it with Derek we always get from him and they last so cost is worth it in the end. Otherwise if you just want a cheap wig then wig creations sell to theatre etc or just google there are lots of sites around

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:22 pm
by Tuppence
fourth recommndation for derek easton

should we start a fan club?