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How To Grow Your Own Epic Dwarf Beard In One Evening!

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Supplies:

1 crochet hook, 2.75 mm

at least 375 yards of 5mm medium weight acrylic yarn in colors approximating hair, preferably in multiple similar colors

1 sheet of plastic canvas, at least 10.5"x 13.5", grade 7 mesh

Sharpie

Scissors

~18 inches of slender elastic (a cut-open elastic hair wrap works great)


Time: 3-4 hours
 
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Step 1: Yarn and Plastic Canvas

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I used acrylic because wool is too itchy. You want to have at least 375 yards in total but I'd recommend buying a couple smaller rolls, and mixing 2 or more similar colors, even different dye batches of the same color. Beards have varying colors so it adds texture and depth to use a  variety of similar shades.

Underneath the label is a leftover strip of the plastic canvas the beard substrate is made of.

I picked brown so it wouldn't stand out much from under the yarn but it comes in other colors too. It cost about $.50 for a sheet and you only need one per beard. Using this stuff saves you the trouble of needing to learn to knit.

It's also sturdy enough to be a solid base, but still easy to cut with scissors.

Step 2: Crochet Hook

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Use this size crochet hook (2.75 mm) or you won't be able to push it through the plastic grid holes, and if you use a smaller one, it might be too fine for the yarn.

Step 3: Diagram

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Hopefully this diagram is self explanatory. The only thing I left off from this diagram is the bottom 2 rows of yarn, which make up the bottom layer of the beard. I recommend starting with the bottom layer first and then moving on to the moustache, followed by the top layer of the beard, and then the mouth last.

XXXX-tra thick fill means I used 3 strands of yarn instead of 2 and I planted more yarn in that area.
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Is it comfortable? I'm wondering if this would work with a more flexible substrate like latch hook canvas. Just for more comfort.
Lux Mirabilis (author)  artcompelled1 year ago
Went back to the store and compared the two, latch hook canvas is way scratchy compared to the plastic canvas.
Lux Mirabilis (author)  artcompelled1 year ago
Oh and stray yarn fibers up the nose is probably the least comfortable thing about this beard but a little bit of hairspray and smoothing fixed it.
Lux Mirabilis (author)  artcompelled1 year ago
I've thought it was pretty comfortable. It's smooth plastic that just happens to breathe. I haven't played around with other substrate materials yet because I've had good luck with the plastic canvas. It's stiff but flexible, and not itchy. The yarn pretty much covers all the rough edges and I felt the plastic would keep its shape better against the weight of the yarn. If you have the opportunity, you might want to press each type of material against your cheek to see if it's a sensation you would be willing to tolerate on your face.
oobit10 days ago
I'm a viking ! (I also make a «back», hairs)
Thanks for the instructions !
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Charquidegato2 months ago

You have a glorious beard!! And I can almost hear your teeth shine. I'm making a beard for my boyfriend right now!

I used your instructions as the basis for outfitting the cast of The Hobbit at my daughter's middle school! After wearing them for hours under the lights, some of the kids were getting irritated skin, but sewing on a thin lining to cover problem spots seemed to do the trick. I also made one without the moustache, which worked out just fine. The 14 beards held up remarkably well under really tough use!

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DarkHatter4 months ago

Haha, this is awesome!

numnut8 months ago
Can you do this with a latch hook?
Lux Mirabilis (author)  numnut8 months ago
Not really, it would be too big for the plastic grid
hberry dorton9 months ago
THANKS!
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MHGDK1 year ago
Thank you very much for the instruction. Great work.
I was able to make both a beard and a wig for a "Dwarf" character with a little ingenuity and a lot of work :)
Not much of a "knitting" type myself, so your approach was great.
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Thanks to much for this! Your beard tutorial is the BEST yet. And here I was thinking about knitting a beard...no thanks! This was a lot faster and looks wicked! I didn't make it quite as long as your's and I have a few things I would do differently the next time I make one, but overall, I am very pleased!
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Delireus1 year ago
Great instructable! I just finished this for a friend's birthday. This beard also won me tickets to my local Renaissance festival, they had a beard contest and I was a runner up! (Don't mind the shoe, it was a requirement for the contest)

Anyways, thanks again for the how-to, it was really easy to make and cheap too!
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zselter1 year ago
maybe I'm just being willfully ignorant, but I'm having trouble visualizing how the top rows are done. are they really just pulled through and looped over, they're not tied down in any way? because mine seem too loose to safely leave hanging there.
Batness1 year ago
Pretty awesome! I'm trying to help a friend with this and have a question about the yarn; where did you find acrylic that is "rolled" not "braided" looking? Maybe you could mention the brand/colors you used? Thanks!
Lux Mirabilis (author) 1 year ago
There's a beard-centric thread over on Craftster about this Instructable with a few more user submitted pics of their results. Fine work!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418780.0;all
Very awesome! Love the braids!
You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
JHawkInc1 year ago
Made mine over the course of three nights, but worked on it while watching TV and doing other things that partly occupied my time (possibly including playing D&D over the interwebs; and yes, I am the party dwarf). Spent maybe $12, managed to trim the canvas in a way that will let me make a second beard. Did some things different, equal amounts intentional and by accident. My beard isn't quite as long, I tweaked and adjusted some placements of yarn, and created two long braids that extend past the rest of the beard.

All in all, great Instructable, very easy to do, with a ridiculous amount of room for customization, and fairly cost effective. Seriously, this is something I could see having its own booth at fantasy/sci-fi/gaming conventions (or even having its own "how-to" event where you teach people how to make them).
Also, pictures. More to come. http://imgur.com/a/DRDmF/all
Lux Mirabilis (author)  JHawkInc1 year ago
It's glorious! Thanks for posting pics of your results. I was not able to get a good shot of my newfound magical power ability. I also discovered that a mysterious Scottish accent manifested while I was wearing it.
That's a really cool look for those of you who don't already have epic beards!
Exscaly1 year ago
Wow. The entire costume that you've set up for it is amazing - the beard is obviously the best. By Durin's Beard, that is rather splendid. Congratulations.
clewis211 year ago
lol! Very cool!
LobosSolos1 year ago
Hmm, is that Mjollnir that you have there?
K-Dub1 year ago
I don't personally need a dwarf beard, but I'm marking this as a favorite anyway because you did such an outstanding job making yours. Very well done!
Lux Mirabilis (author)  K-Dub1 year ago
Thanks a bunch! I appreciate it a lot.
tjonsf1 year ago
This is super, Wow. ;-)
evchim1 year ago
You > Awesome! I'm doing this ASAP!!!
BeoWulfe1 year ago
This is awesome. And YOU look fabulous!!
Lux Mirabilis (author)  BeoWulfe1 year ago
Mighty beards make Grendel pee himself. Take note good sir.
Hahah! Aye that. Hence why Æskard, master of the ƒabreze, is as hairless as a eunuch!
-chase-1 year ago
lol - That's pretty cool! Nice Job.
 - you make for a great Dwarf Warrior. Though It reminds me of Stoick the Vast (Hiccups Father in "How to train your Dragon") Don't know if they were dwarfs or not.. but either way - it looks great!

One question: Does it ich?

Thanx for posting and Happy Holidays to you and yours
- chase -
Lux Mirabilis (author)  -chase-1 year ago
Thanks chase! I only had itch problems when a stray yarn fiber went up my nose or in my mouth but hairspray and smoothing fixed it. It really just depends on what kind of yarn you use otherwise. There are some earlier comments regarding the same question, so you probably want to read back a little bit for additional info.
Happy holidays to you too! It's not too late to make a Santa beard :-)
Thanx for the quick reply.

Sorry I didn't read the other comments earlier.

My concern was not so much the yarn as it was the fabric you were using to hold the yarn.

One thought i had in the mean time was using some sort of backing once completed.

I'm not a seamstress nor know that much about costume design... and it was a thought.

Figuring you would know - and since you are wearing it - it can't be all that bad as it is - right!

Yeah - a Santa beard or better still - a Time Wizard (or Father Time) for New Years!
I can get a trashed as I want  - turn back time and do it again. lol

Llooking forward to your next design as this one looks great!

take care,
- chase -
Such a pretty girl. Shame to cover up your face........even if it is only a little bit.
Lux Mirabilis (author)  stackerjack1 year ago
Thanks, I agree, that hat does come down a bit low on the forehead.
I AM A DWARF AND IM DIGGING A HOLE. DIGGY DIGGY HOLE!
kumiko1 year ago
Oh, and the way your teeth shows through the tiny hole is really cute.
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