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Beard Stubble - crepe wool method

This rather under-appreciated theatre trick. In my experience, this usually looks more convincing from closer distances, opposed to 'sponge-paint' stubble. I apologize in advance if this is hard to follow, itís hard to explain without visuals.  (Pics always welcome if you try the technique.).

Supplies

  • crepe wool
    • Several shades, one at least darker than your own hair color
    • Only need 8" to 12" of each
  • spirit gum
  • a pair of scissors

Steps

  • Unbraid the small lengths of wool
  • Gently comb out and mix mix lengths of crepe wool into the desired hue.
  • Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut the wool into roughly fourth-inch sections.
    • This is best achieved by cutting the wool over a margarine tub or paper plate. (You won't need much, but the extra wool can be kept in a plastic film case until needed later.)
  • Pour the wool bits into the palm of your hand and roll them into a ball. (If anyone asks what you're doing-- say the cat hacked it up. They're sure to leave you alone.)
  • Put the 'hairball' down for a moment, but keep an eye on it, lest someone try to throw it away.
  • Paint spirit gum (or desired adhesive) onto victim's face where you want their stubble to be.
  • Clean off any adhesive on your fingers (unless you want stubble there) and pick up your 'hairball'.
  • Holding the 'hairball' pinched on both sides, pull it apart into two half-pieces.
  • Taking one of the halves, blot the fuzzy side onto the adhesive much like you would if sponging on stubble with makeup.
  • If the stubble is too long, it can be trimmed with a pair of sharp scissors when dry. Have fun with your instant masculinity!

==Haples Soup


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