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Yay, I put together a new tutorial o/! This is another thing I get asked about a lot, DEM DRILL CURLS!! I originally got the inspiration for this method from a japanese cosplay blog, but all the instructions are in japanese so when I refer people to it there still tends to be a lot of confusion... =w=;; I also modified the method a bit to work for a parted ponytail wig + larger curls, so the process is a little bit different ~ also, this one is written in english. Yay!

Cheers to all you aspiring Mami / misc drill curled divas out there, I hope this helps!! Feel free to comment below or message me if you have further questions :D

Edit: I noticed the new PDF reader on DA is a little wonky ... I did update the fonts in the pdf so they look a little nicer than they did before, but this pdf looks best if you download it and read it in adobe reader/acrobat.

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emoebaa Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
So, I'm a real klutz and I screwed up a lot. So, it got messy. I decided to soak it in fabric softener overnight, but I'm not sure if that's going to work. I've manged to get off a lot of the caulk, but I feel like it's far gone...is this the case or do you have any suggestions on how I can fix this. 
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leannetran Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is genius! I want to do a cosplay with this style hair JUST to try this! :D
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fernanda105 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
I'm going to use this for mi next wig of mami 
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Annedere Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Hello! So for next May, my cosplay group is doing a PMMM group, and I'm being Charlotte.. or "Bebe" from Rebellion (but in plushy form, not human) and many cosplayers just wear a wig with curly pigtails but I'd like to maintain that kinda... triangular shape she has on her twin tails. I was wondering if I could use this method, but bend the strips of tape over on top of themselves, to make a kinda teardrop shape, and then glue them to the wig and loosely (well, more loosely than you would with drills) adhere the wig hair to the structure and create that kinda... tornado-ish shape. Like this: asset-6.soup.io/asset/2596/828…
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MikityMackers Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm totally going to use this for my mami cosplay~
Thank you!
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Mushroom-Corner Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
hihi, i love the idea behind this so much, i was just wondering. Clestia Ludenbergs curls are cliped on,so her hair is loose,so when making the wig how would you attach the ponytails securely onto the wig base without having to include part of the wig hair? thank you xx
~ Plank 
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SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen some Celestia cosplayers use screws drilled into headbands for her drills! The headband would be hidden by her white lace headpiece (not sure of the word for it atm) and the large drills. Just be careful if you drill into a headband so you don't snap/crack/break it! :D
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panicakes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Hi!!! Just wanted to let you know that I used this tutorial for my Catherine wig :love: photo.cosplay.com/54385/349755… it was very helpful, thank you!!!
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Murasakiiro-no-pokki Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you leave the tape on or remove it? If so how?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You leave the tape in  ~ the tape is the base structure for the curl! 
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miyabita13 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   Writer
Hi!  Thank you so much for this tutorial!  I've been studying it like crazy, and plan to use it to style my Vivaldi wig (from Heart no Kuni no Alice).  I ended up purchasing a short base wig and another wig I could cut up to make the actual curls.  Would you recommend styling the curls first and then attaching them to the base wig via hot glue or still attaching the tab to the base prior to adding the hair?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For this case, I'd recommend covering the curls with hair before attaching them to the base ~ since she has so many curls, that would probably be easier to deal with! Good luck with your wig, Vivaldi has some crazy curls!! *__*
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Karinui Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's such a perfect tutorial ! I'm working on MAIKA and it works perfectly (maybe I added to much fibers haha) ! Thank you ! I'll show you when I will finish it !
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Mushroom-Corner Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I might try this tutorial for Clestia Ludenberg, was just wondering if you knew if it would work, Clestia has LONG drils placed from the top of her head, while Mami's are short and positioned at the bottom, but I dont wanna spend loads of money on this for it to go completely wrong, so using your mami wig would you be able to make a guess on weather or not it would work? 
~ Plank
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kasuka-chan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
I just wanted to say thank you for such a helpful tutorial!  I used this to style my Sailor Iron Mouse wig for Ichibancon and it worked like a charm!  Here's a pic if you'd like to see the result- www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

Thanks again! ^^
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh yay it turned out awesome!! And you're so cute as Iron Mouse, I love it *__*! Thanks for sharing! <3
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kasuka-chan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thank you so much! ^v^
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irishattherock Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I'm thinking of cosplaying Nui Harime from Kill la Kill (I'm mobile or I would provide a reference image) whose style is a little crazy even for drills. Basically, it flares out like a really massive regular pigtail, then goes into the drill style about a quarter of the way down, getting progressively smaller. I was thinking of using your method but making a triangle shape out of the tape instead of just strips, do you think this is feasible?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh yes, I know what you're talking about ... that hairstyle is insane!! In theory it sounds like that would work, but I think the best way to try it would be to build a mockup. Basically just build the base shape you'd want using just the tape and wire to see how if/how it would work before you get to the messy (and expensive if you mess up) part of actually gluing hair and wigs..! It'll probably take a bit of experimenting, but that way you can try several different shapes to see what works best!! Good luck <3
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AntichloroGaku Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I'm planning on cosplaying Celestia Ludenberg (Here's a picture of her if you don't know who she is http://media.tumblr.com/f58530… ) and I'm wondering what kind of base wig you would recommend?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, it broke my link when I put it in parenthesis ^^;; Here's the Leia link again: arda-wigs.com/products/leia
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the Leia from Arda would work well (arda-wigs.com/products/leia), though you'll want to also buy extra extensions because her curls are looooooong and you'll definitely need the extra hair!!
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Twilight54 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
About how long would this take? and how would you reccomend going about for someone who has never styled a wig before?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely give yourself a few days to get this done, though you'll probably only need to work on it for an hour or less each for each sitting ~ since you have to wait for glue to dry between many of the steps it's good to give yourself plenty of time in between :3! And this should be doable for beginners, though it might be a little tricky if you're not already used to working with wig fibers. But if you work slowly and carefully, I believe in you! \o/
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Twilight54 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
which wig did you use exactly? Im looking at the styles and having issues with picking one
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used the "Leia" from Arda Wigs in Platinum Blonde (081)! arda-wigs.com/products/leia
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bluehentrooper Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Thanks for doing a tutorial in English for those of us who are Japanese-challenged.
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I work for Arda! I refer customers to your tutorial all the time when it comes to drill curls, and I was wondering if it would be alright to post it on our website's tutorials page? :3 I'd be sure to credit you and provide a link to your deviantart (or any other cosplay page of your choice)
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would be honored <3!! I'm a huge fan of Arda's stuff, I swear by your fibers for crazy styles like this x3! If you could link to my FB as well that would be awesome, thank you! [link]
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, the URL changed when I had to edit something, so this is the last post I swear (third time's the charm? XD) arda-wigs.com/blogs/tutorials/…
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha awesome!! Thanks for the feature, I hope people find it helpful <3!!
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh oops, wrong link XD Here's the page arda-wigs.com/blogs/home/86967…
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for such a huge delay; Just recently got photoshop on my work computer so I could made a jpeg from the pdf (It wasn't letting me use the pdf images directly).
It's officially up now! :D It's got both a link to your facebook as well as a link to here. :) sparklepipsi.deviantart.com/ar…
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ElliaDinosaur Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this tutorial!! I'm currently working on my Feiris Nyan Nyan wig and I have no idea how to deal with the huge curls... How could I apply this tutorial to separate ponytails?
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owsi1994 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
You cannot wash the wig after doing this right?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You probably can if you're careful ... xD;; The caulk pretty much wont move after it's dry, so as long as you don't jostle it around toooo too much it'll probably be fine. I'd just soak it and let it air dry. :3
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Bunelody Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hiii! I'm new to wig styling and haven't had much experience with it and ended up messing one of my wigs up after a failed attempt of styling it. So I was wondering if this would be a challenge to beginners when it comes to styling the wig because I would rather just buy a Mami wig that's already pretty much finished and restyle it than completely screw up another one of my wigs. (also I did not mess it up trying to make Mami, it was actually for Len Kagamine XD)
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This method might be a bit tricky if you've never worked with wigs before, but if you work carefully and really plan out, I think anyone can do it~! The trick with gluing wigs is that you have to work very slowly and clean up after yourself as you work so it doesn't turn into a complete disaster, lol ~

If you find a Mami wig that you like prestyled, there's nothing wrong with that either ~ this method is mainly for cosplayers who want to be able to have complete control of the way the curls look. I've seen lots of really pretty prestyled Mami wigs that have a more natural look. I just wanted that super cartoony looking spiral curl, personally!
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Bunelody Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha thanks for replying ^^ and yeah I loved the cartoony curls and I have this extra blonde wig lying around that's great quality and I was like "ehhh why not make it for Mami?" And since I killed my last blonde wig I got nervous and thought "oh no what if it happens again? D:" but what's the estimate amount of time this would take? I would like to do it all at once and not at different times so it all can be changed if something goes wrong (lol I doubt what I just typed made sense XD) I mean I have a year til my next con but the last one I went to wasn't planned out til the last minute and I want everything to be perfect~
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say you'd need a span of at least 2 days to do this just because you need to wait for the caulking/glue to dry between steps, which can take a few hours. I usually let it dry overnight just to be safe. I wait overnight for the caulk to dry on the stubs (Step 3), then glue one side of the curl and let that dry, then glue the other side. Then you'll want to let that dry completely before you position the curls. So that's a lot of waiting for glue to dry... xD;; If you do one step each in the morning and evening, it could be done in a couple days but longer would be ideal so you can take your time ~ ^^. But if you have a while before your next con hopefully that wouldn't be a problem =)
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Rurouni-Elf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for putting this together! However.... is anyone else getting nothing but wacky symbols where there should be font?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what the ... it seems my tutorials got messed up with the latest version of acrobat or something, how irratating ;_; I'll have to go back and figure out why it's doing that, thanks for pointing it out ;w;
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Feyreisa Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Okay, I just downloaded it and opened with Adobe Reader, seems to be working now.
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Feyreisa Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Yeah, I'm getting the same thing... @.@
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MusicFeedsYourSoul Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Just letting you know, this is total godsend!!!
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MapleLuver1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi I'm a Kasane Teto cosplayer. My wig is in three separate pieces the main part and 2 ponytails. How do you think I should attach the curls to the wig
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For the wig you have, are the ponytails like clip-ons? Just trying to picture what you have to work with ~
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Rose-Pastel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This tutorial is much more helpful and easy to understand than others I've found around the internet. Thank you for sharing it!
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DreamsMadeOfSugar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
You're an angel <3
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Great idea to include the product photos like that. It's oddly reassuring to have some visual idea of what kind of product you're talking about and what to look for in the store, and most tutorials don't do that.
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