I have found a supplier for some gorgeous Huacaya Alpaca hair to use for dolls. I have combed, washed, rinsed, combed again and double rinsed the hair and have it ready for sale.
Of course, I had to try the hair on one of my own dolls (she's a work in progress and I am rooting her with carrot shades of Angora mohair) to see how it rooted and if it laid flat and smooth. In the photos, the hair I used was the auburn shade from the alpaca Sienna and it is in the front center of the dolls head. I rooted it very quickly with a 42g PINK needle from McPhearsons. I think for this hair I will get some of the 46g needles.
I was pleased with how the hair rooted and brushed. I did not use any water on the hair in the photos. After I took the photos, I wet the hair down, as I always do while rooting, and allowed it to dry. That night I brushed and combed the hair this way and that, being quite rough on it (as I always am) and the hair brushed flat and smooth, did not pull out and did not break. Win-win!
Have you experienced Huacaya Alpaca before? I'd love to hear!
You and find the link to my ArtFire shop in my signature below where you can buy the Alpaca and mohair that I offer.
This would be the place to ask questions or share information concerning all types of doll making, re-doing, etc.
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