Foundation Maker

Lay out and sew together materials to make foundations for wigs.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Foundation Makers do?

Lays out and sews together materials, such as ribbon, net, and gauze, to make foundations for wigs and transformations: Draws and cuts pattern of hairpiece according to customer’s head measurements. Shapes and pins pattern to head model. Draws lines on pattern to indicate position of foundation. Stretches and pins wet gauze over foundation area. Cuts ribbon and pins it to model to form skeleton structure of foundation. Fits and sews elastic and springs to foundation to ensure snug fit. Fits and sews net and lace to gauze and springs to form front and back portions of foundations.


Should I be a Foundation Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Foundation Maker

    Most Foundation Makers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9sieaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2837%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|bachelor%27s+%284%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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