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Yep, plastic head for me too! Like Lesley mine is also bald (and I also think it is male) but I think if I put make up on it it may look like a clownâ˜ș. I also have an ex shop display torso which works well for scarves, shawls etc.


Mine are definitely male and female. The guy is handsome and I wish I had a magic wand.
Are there any for sale on Artyah? Must come with a guarantee.

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Lesley, I bought the wig for my mannequin head on eBay.  They have lots of inexpensive synthetic wigs. I think I probably paid around $7 to $10 for the brunette wig I use and that probably included shipping.  I'm thinking of getting a blonde one also for color contrast with darker yarns and am currently watching one or two on eBay for $7.19 with free shipping from China.  The one bad thing about these inexpensive wigs is that they do shed a lot. 

As far as real people wearing OOAK items, that does bother me a lot.  I've had a few returns of my scarves in the past with the buyers claiming they didn't even wear them,  just tried them on, and decided they wanted to exchange for another scarf or return entirely. Well, more often than not, the scarves come back absolutely reeking of perfume (and one time something like body odor but couldn't quite figure it out), so much that I can't even have the scarf in the house, I have to put it in a lingerie bag and air it out on the clothesline until I decide what to do with it.  So the idea of someone wearing a hat or scarf for any length of time before it's shipped off to someone as new just doesn't seem right to me. Quite often people can't smell how strong their own perfumes, lotions, and shampoos are.

Another reason for mannequins is they do make the items look better.  I've seen many, many photos on Etsy and elsewhere using real people that completely turned me off.  I'll just be blunt...if you're distracted by how dumpy someone looks even if the scarf or hat looks beautiful, it's not good for business.  I have seen a lot of great photos with live models but I think I'd rather take my chances with the consistency and cleanliness of my mannequin. 

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I got mine on ebay also, it is only the top half on a stand.  I call her Alice...........lolol

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I asked my friend and she said she'd be glad to loan me her wigs. I know they were expensive so I doubt they will shed. She hated wearing them and wound up wearing a scarf or hat instead. 
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Another question to those of you who knit, sew and crochet.  Do you have any form of - only remove this label once you are happy with this item, if removed it will be considered as worn and a full refund may not be available?   I was thinking of adding something along these lines once I find the right wording and fixing it to the garment with a length of crochet chain in a different thread .   I don't want to send out one of my shawls for instance, and then have it returned after being worn, any suggestions appreciated.
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Another question to those of you who knit, sew and crochet.  Do you have any form of - only remove this label once you are happy with this item, if removed it will be considered as worn and a full refund may not be available?   I was thinking of adding something along these lines once I find the right wording and fixing it to the garment with a length of crochet chain in a different thread .   I don't want to send out one of my shawls for instance, and then have it returned after being worn, any suggestions appreciated.


That is something like the wig companies do. they have a couple of tags that hang down and there is no way you could wear the wig with them on there so you have to try them on with the tags hanging on them

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Another question to those of you who knit, sew and crochet.  Do you have any form of - only remove this label once you are happy with this item, if removed it will be considered as worn and a full refund may not be available?   I was thinking of adding something along these lines once I find the right wording and fixing it to the garment with a length of crochet chain in a different thread .   I don't want to send out one of my shawls for instance, and then have it returned after being worn, any suggestions appreciated.


This is a GREAT idea!!! Let us know how it works out.

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Perhaps we could work out the wording between us, needs to be short enough to go on a card (or something) but detailed enough so the customer can read and understand it ?
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Perhaps we could work out the wording between us, needs to be short enough to go on a card (or something) but detailed enough so the customer can read and understand it ?


Eh... I'm not mother tongue English and I don't know the returning policies in the US (I'm in Europe and have to comply with the EU laws). You could write:

Once the label is removed, item is considered used, therefore not eligible for return.

I know it sounds harsh, but I read tons of horror stories from the US about people who buy and return online purchases without thinking twice... It also happened to me once: US customer wanted to return a vest after 2 MONTHS of wearing it for festivals (I saw the pictures on her Facebook)! Luckily, the EU doesn't allow fraud, I won the case. 

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Perhaps writing it on a pretty, colorful card with flowers and butterflies would "soften" the message... 

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Models vs Mannequins
If they are one offs I would use a head form for the hats and maybe a vintage dress form for the scarves. But I really think it depends on what you are selling. One offs are a bit different than multiples. I use a model for my lace wrist cuffs, you just can't get the same feel with a hand form. I try to show a style or look to help sell the item. But I sell many of the same item and make them as the orders come in so they are new. I would use a model for cuffs, gloves and scarves and even hats if they are not one offs. And then offer the one the model wore at a discount or in a grab bag. That way the customer has a choice and can buy the sample if they choose to.


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@Rainbowcracy, that is nice neat wording and gets the point across.  I am in the UK and have to comply with EU laws as well (until May and Co drag us kicking and screaming out of it)   I would create a card with my shop logo etc.  We may have read the same stories which is why I am considering doing this [smile]

Hi Tina, it was one offs I had in mind when I asked the question - I agree that a model would be nice for multiples but even then I often look at a tall young thin model and think "it would not look that good on me" and pass it over [biggrin]

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I have seen many photos where I couldn't figure out what was being sold because there was so much extraneous stuff in the photo. Others draw my attention to the model's face and some have me wondering why on earth someone with that body would wear that particular design. I am also a lousy photographer. These are just some of the reasons, in addition to sanitation, that I stick to using a foam head on a plain background.
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@Rainbowcracy, that is nice neat wording and gets the point across.  I am in the UK and have to comply with EU laws as well (until May and Co drag us kicking and screaming out of it)   I would create a card with my shop logo etc.  We may have read the same stories which is why I am considering doing this [smile]



I'm glad you liked it, Christine! [kiss] It's a great idea to use your logo on your labels! 

Haha! Either we read the same stories or there are so many similar ones out there... Sometimes I just can't understand people. I would never send back an online purchase! Perhaps it's because I know how much work (and time) goes into a handmade piece... If you're not in love with it, it still makes a great gift to a friend (or a frenemy if you really hate your purchase)! [crazy]


P.S.: Please excuse me for mistaking you for American... Totally my bad! And please know that the UK will be greatly missed and I don't judge you for your decision even though you guys made my life a bit more difficult (I'm ordering the vast majority of my clothes and supplies from your country). Oh well.

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I have seen many photos where I couldn't figure out what was being sold because there was so much extraneous stuff in the photo. Others draw my attention to the model's face and some have me wondering why on earth someone with that body would wear that particular design. I am also a lousy photographer. These are just some of the reasons, in addition to sanitation, that I stick to using a foam head on a plain background.


Great points, Lesley!

Not being able to tell immediately what you're selling is annoying. I'm talking about those pictures where real models are wearing a headpiece, piercings, earrings, necklace, bracelet, tons of rings and a tribal dress... And it turns out they're selling the natural color vegan eye shadow we haven't even noticed!!!

And: Why do they keep hiring bored, annoyed models with profoundly empty eyes?! Major turn-off. 

And: Why do they need to show off plus sized clothing on thin models?! If you're creating for plus size women, show them how THEY'll look like in your clothes! 


I don't use plain backgrounds anymore because with my creations they didn't work well, but if I am the buyer, I prefer your clean style.

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If you want wigs for you mannequins right now is a great time to get some...............Halloween wigs work pretty good and are inexpensive.
Yes they shed but, you can work around that.
I have a bunch of them go with my mannequin even tho I haven't been using her!!!

I used her for my earrings and necklaces for a while but, just didn't like how the photos looked.
One day I will have to revisit using her..........I just find it much easier and quicker to use my wood backgrounds. 

I am not a huge fan of live models.
I always find myself looking and critiquing the models instead of looking at the items that are being sold.
So add me to the side that doesn't like live models.


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