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Ask The Attic – Cyberlox Fix

Q: My cyberlox are homemade. They’re made from mini-crin and are simply constructed: I sewed the crin onto an elastic. But the elastic snapped a week after I made them.

Is there a simple fix to this, Or is my only option of repair to unpick my stitches and re-sew the crin onto a better elastic?

-Broken Lox!

A:  One option you might try is to get yourself some thin, plastic lacing, we like Flexrace,
and use it to tie the whole thing onto a new piece of elastic, trimming away the extra bits. You could even cut up the
old elastic between each attachment, but leave it attached to the crin (don’t pick out the old stitching.) That way, you
have a perfect pre-made bend in the crin so you’d know where to tie the lacing. The lacing on the above link is thin,
flexible, and very strong, so you can just tie a couple of knots in it and it’s extremely securely fastened. If you send a
photo of the damage, we might be able to come up with some other ideas for you!

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HUGE News From The Attic!

Ok, kids, today is the day many of you have been waiting for. As you know, we haven’t been taking custom falls orders, or even orders for double ended dreads. Between rheumatoid arthritis and some other illness issues, your pal Amalthea just hasn’t been up to it. I know, weep, weep, squish squish. However, recently, a friend moved back into town. The lovely owner/creator of Enchained Treasures, Sue!

Oh, hai Sue! Don't look so sad, we're about to work you to the bone!

Sue has actually worked on many of the falls you already own, as she’d been apprenticing with the Attic before she was cruelly sucked away to the evil state of New Jersey (sorry, Jersey people, but that’s what happened.) Now that she’s returned, she’s coming back to work at the Attic! So, under my watchful eye (NO falls will go out without having been fully checked over by me, and I’ll be watching the whole process until I’m FULLY certain that you’ll be getting the quality you’re used to!) we’re now taking orders for custom falls, double ended dreads, and, soon, single ended dreads again! We’re doing wool, synthetic, lox, the works! So now you can stop ‘yer bitching. If you’re looking for single dreads, just hit up the shop here, you can order those for yourself. Looking for a pre-made set (Sue’s working on those too, never fear!) you can find those here. Want those customs? Of course you do. Then hit up this page to fill out the form! I know. It’s almost too much awesome to handle. However, there’s some MORE awesome coming.

Sue is, by trade, a jewelry maker, and she makes some awesome stuff. She’s going to be doing some guest blog posts with video tutorials showing how YOU can make that awesome stuff too! She’ll also be taking custom chain maille orders soon. So keep your eye out for that.

Finally, last awesome thing, we’re going to be filming  and the posting video tutorials on making synthetic dreads and falls, wool dreads, cyberlox and more in the coming months! How will you ever stand all of this coolness? I don’t know, that’s on you. For now, just bask in the glow of all of this great news and we can’t wait to see you in the Attic!

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Custom Falls Are Back? Yes, Slightly.

We’ve added a couple of new pairs of synthetic falls to the shop! There’s only two sets, so get ’em before they’re gone. As for custom falls, here’s the new deal. We’re taking a VERY limited number of custom orders again. Production times range from 1-3 months, so if you have an event, plan accordingly! Slots go rather quickly, so if you want them, contact us with the following info:

Name

Email

Base (wool or synthetic)

Colors you’d like used

If you want any extras

How many? (a set of falls or a single fall)

Once we have that info, we’ll send you an estimate. If it works for you, you can claim a slot. As for the small print? Well, there really isn’t any. Suffice it to say, if it’s 90 degrees and 80% humidity, new orders will be on hiatus. Similarly, if Amalthea’s RA is acting up too severely, this too will put new orders on hiatus. So, get ’em while the getting’s good.

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Ask The Attic- A Wool Roving Question

Q: Hi there! I would like to purchase some roving wool for a costume, but I’m not really sure how much to order. I’m going to use a large amount of it to make a skirt, like the one Paris Hilton wears in Repo The Genetic Opera. This is my reference photo:

Amber Sweet from Repo

And this is the wool from your catalog I was looking at:

http://www.amaltheasattic.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=550

If I could get any advice/additional information that would be fantastic!

A: Hi there! What a great project 🙂

We’re  going to say that the best bet for you would be to order smaller at first, and see how far you get. It’s going to take you quite some time to create the skirt, so as you’re working, if you start running low, you can always order more.
Start with at least 6 ounces, and work from there. As for tips, we have plenty!  When the wool comes, it’ll be rolled into a ball. Give it a couple of hours outside of the box to “refluff” a bit before unrolling it. Once you unroll it, you’ll see that it’s a long rope of wool. You’ll want to pull this apart down the center, vertically, to make two rolls before using it. Otherwise, you get super thick ropes of felt that aren’t as easy to work with and don’t look very nice. Whenever possible, don’t use a scissors to cut your pieces, try to rip it and fold over the wispy parts, you’ll get much smoother tapering at the ends and if you’re planning to blend two pieces together, ripped pieces blend VERY easily, but blunt cut ones do not.

For the soap, if you have access to a Target (though lots of other places are carrying it now,) try to get “method cucumber melon dishwashing soap.” It has the PERFECT Ph balance to felt the wool quickly and easily (and you’ll have a lovely smelling skirt!) After felting, be sure your roving is FULLY dry before you begin assembly of the skirt, otherwise you risk mildew.

Finally, if you have a cat, guard the roving with your life; it’s almost irresistible to them in it’s raw form and you’ll find yourself running about the house chasing pieces of roving and pulling them out of your cat’s claws and teeth all day.

Those are probably the most most important tips we can give you! If you make the skirt, please please please send us photos! We’d absolutely love to put something like that in our customer gallery!

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Ask the Attic- An Elastic Question

Q: I’ve got a simple question, what kind of elastic do you recommend for falls and lox?
-Wondering about the base

A: There are several ways you can go when choosing the elastic you’ll use as a base for your synthetic hair pieces. But there are 3 main options. The first are elastic hair ties, the second is sewing elastic, and the third is stretch lace. Each has their pros and cons.

Elastic hair ties are great because you’ll never lose the ends and they’re made specifically to hold onto hair. You can generally get them wrapped more tightly than the other two options and they’re super easy to tighten on the fly (or the dance floor!) The most important thing to remember if you’re going to use elastic hair ties is NO METAL. Go with the thicker elastics without the metal crimp closures. Those closures will give out sooner rather than later and they’ll catch on your hair and your falls creating friction, and frustration, that you just don’t need.

Sewing elastic is a popular option for creating fall bases. It’s extremely strong and comes in a wide variety of colors. Due to it’s construction, you can sew your lox and dreads right onto it to keep them from shifting. If you’re making extremely heavy falls, this is a great option because the weight of the hair won’t destroy the elastic. The main problem with sewing elastic is that it’s made to slip into waistbands, and because of that, it tends to be somewhat slippy on your hair, and even when tied in a knot. You’ll have to re-tighten your falls more often with sewing elastic as a base, and you may want to add some hair pins to secure it once you have them on.

Finally, there’s stretch lace. Stretch lace is a good, all purpose base for falls. Because of it’s rough texture, it grips your hair, and that keeps your falls from sliding around on your head. Also, because it’s thin, it tends to be much easier to tie than sewing elastic and comes untied less often. Stretch lace is more delicate than sewing elastic though, so if you sew a bunch of very heavy dreads to it, you risk having it tear (think about what happens to that stretchy lace on the legs or waistband of your underwear after they catch on a zipper.)
However, for cyberlox falls, stretch lace can make a perfect base.

In the end, the best choice is the one you’re most comfortable with, and goes best with the materials you’re planning to use. If it’s only lox and foam, I’d recommend lace or hair ties, if you’re going heavy duty and putting on lots of synthetic or long wool roving dreads, then hair ties or sewing elastic are probably the best choice for you!

After you’re done with your falls, send us pictures of the final work! We’d love to see how they came out!

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