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4155Greek hair piece ( Let's Get This Party Started!)

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  • rachelle_stephen
    May 27, 2013
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      Okay, no activity on this list for a *long* time, so maybe you won't mind if I chatter a little bit?

      In the torpid Trimarian (Floridian) summers, I am not inclined to put on a hat and just want my hair off the neck. Greek is popular and the Roman Empire was done *beautifully* by a recent, beloved Crown. After wearing a sakkos (*GREAT* documentation source here: http://dspace.ucalgary.ca/bitstream/1880/46383/1/Thesis_Fischer.pdf) for 2 years, I really needed something new for our Crowne Lyst, held on Memorial Day weekend.

      This simple hair piece is 4 braids made from the Beauty Supply Store (you *must* bring a spotter when choosing fake hair, no matter how long your hair is!) They are sewn together into one long braid, and the top 3 coils of the coronet are then sewn together with wool thread. I left the bottom coil unsewn for 7/8 of its length, for adjustablility. Pinned up my very modern shoulder-length thick curly hair into a pony tail and dropped the braided coronet over the top, pinning the bottom coil for balance using hair screws (http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=goody+hair+spin+pin&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=1101079961&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13054655611042834504&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_bvs10xl1k_b)

      Now, the question is, do I have the nerve to do the Capitoline Venus at the next summer event in Trimaris? I might need some encouragement...

      Ambience is easy,
      and sometimes breezy,

      --- In SCA-Milliners@yahoogroups.com, "rachelle_stephen" <rachelle.stephen@...> wrote:
      > I made 3 different sets of cauls, wearing floral foam, hollowed out (and NOT hollowed--ouch!) until I hit on a caul construction that suits my curly hair and low pain thresholds. I buy the biggest curlers I can find, use a hacksaw to shorten to desired length and then cover the shortened curler with 2 layers of chocolate brown nylon stockings. Braid hair supply store hair, saving those pesky single hairs taht *always* come out when making long braids... Apply spray adhesive to your headband (curly hair = metal headband!) and wrap with those single hairs. Unglue/unstick yourself from the headband and go to bed: the adhesive really does take 24 hours to dry...
      > The next day, wire your headband into the holes in the curler that fit your head best. Pull down all the shades and walk around, singing 80's disco music, vacuum or empty the dishwasher to make sure your caul under-structure is secure and comfortable. THEN cover your stockinged curlers with braided hair and gold netting, if you have any.
      > I store this headpiece in an empty dry (powder) detergent box, inside plastic grocery bags.
      > Most importantly: you should enjoy wearing your hat or headpiece: if it's not comfortable, you're not going to wear it more than once...
      > Loving the activity on this list,
      > think I'm going to forge ahead with my Christine de Pisan headpiece next... Thanks for the inspiration!
      > --Ysabeau Durant, Trimaris
      > --- In SCA-Milliners@yahoogroups.com, "toriruhl" <truhl75@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Perhaps she outgrew them? They were hand-me-downs?
      > > I don't think the craftsman who made them would want to be known as someone who made uncomfortable or I'll-fitted products.
      > >
      > > --- In SCA-Milliners@yahoogroups.com, "Yvianne" wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I'm researching another topic right now, but I'm always on the lookout for
      > > > anything having to do with cauls. :-)
      > > >
      > > > I recently read a thesis that vaguely resembles "Medieval Finds from
      > > > Excavations in London: Dress Accessories". It included pictures of an effigy
      > > > wearing cauls almost exactly like the ones I wear.... a metal band with
      > > > ovals hanging from the lower edge (some refer to them as strainer cauls or
      > > > Princess Leia style).
      > > >
      > > > The main difference is the ones on the effigy are smaller and worn so that
      > > > part of the ear sticks out the bottom. I see this occasionally but without
      > > > any discernable pattern that allows me to conclude it was a fad.
      > > >
      > > > I've tried wearing cauls this way. It allows for better hearing... the down
      > > > side is: if you wear them mid ear, they do slightly rub against your
      > > > earlobe. Not so much that it hurts but they just feel weird. At the end of
      > > > the day, when you take off the cauls, you really notice it. Your earlobes
      > > > can be a bit touchy for days or even show a bit of bruising.
      > > >
      > > > Something else I wonder about ... if this was how the ladies wanted the
      > > > cauls to look when they commissioned them, or whether they adjusted
      > > > themselves to this position??
      > > >
      > > > I've been wearing cauls for 15 years and have a lot of experience with that
      > > > particular phenomenon. ;-) If either the side pieces or headband are "off"
      > > > for the shape of your head or location of your ears the headpiece will move
      > > > to where it fits. Your hair will adjust to the cauls, not hold them in
      > > > place.
      > > >
      > > > Sometimes you don't notice, sometimes the cauls are so uncomfortable to wear
      > > > any other way that you don't care. Since they couldn't just go to Wal-Mart
      > > > and exchange them, they would have worn them anyway.
      > > >
      > > > I also have a pair of cauls that don't fit me quite right yet I continue to
      > > > wear them... often, for the past 8 years or so. It would have been a waste
      > > > time, effort but most of all, money to trash them and start over. I wear
      > > > them because it's what I have. A new headpiece is on my list of things to
      > > > do, but it keeps getting pushed to the back because they are wearable.
      > > >
      > > > When I have the time...
      > > >
      > > > I need to pursue other images of the lady in the effigy to see if I can find
      > > > other representations of her headwear. I'm curious if she wore cauls often,
      > > > if she wore other styles and if they always covered part of her ears.
      > > >
      > > > I also plan on looking more information on the twisted wires that are shown
      > > > in the paper.
      > > >
      > > > Oh, and I need a new pair of cauls ;-)
      > > >
      > > > ... but for now, back to my other projects.
      > > >
      > > > Yvianne
      > > > AEthelmearc
      > > >
      > >
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