Introduction: Ballistic Gel

How do you accurately test the affect that ballistics have on a flesh like substance?

One answer to the problem is to create ballistic gel, which mimics human flesh. Another solution is to use a dead pig as their bodies are similar to humans for testing purposes. Ballistic gel is the more practical solution.

Process for original ballistics gel came from: http://www.myscienceproject.org/gelatin.html
We then altered as we saw fit and used our finished product in our own way.

Step 1: Ingredients & Setup

Start making ballistics gel by getting some knox gelatin mix as shown in the first image. You will need an 8 oz. of water per 1 oz. of powder. For any kind of practical purposes and a good starting batch I would recommend mixing 8 oz. of powder with 2 quarts of water (64 oz.). The second image shows the powder in plastic bowl. I recommend that you put the water in the container of your choice before the powder. If you do not put the water in first you will get many more lumps of powder in it.

Step 2: Mix It Up & Chill It Out!

Once the gelatin has been added to the water you must mix it with one of your hands. Break up some of the clumps of gelatin with your fingers to make sure you get a good mixture. You then put your new concoction in the refrigerator to chill and hydrate.

Step 3: Melt It Down

Once chilled and hydrated, the gelatin needs to be melted down. Setting the gelatin over a pan of water will suffice. While the gelatin is melting it should also be stirred properly to reduce the amount of air getting trapped in the gelatin.

Step 4: Mold & Chill

A mold of any kind can be used. Simply spray your container cooking spray or other non-stick solution. After setting the gelatin in a mold simply chill for thirty-six hours.

Step 5: Completion!

After chilling you have officially completed making ballistics gel. Our purpose was to use the gel for a bullet test but I am sure there are many uses others can think of!

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rgraham3 made it! (author)2017-05-07

if you are so inclined, you can find other molds to shape your gel. I found a human head mold as well as a giant gummy bear one.

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creepy0000 made it! (author)2016-12-27

Put over a pan of water?

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rgraham3 made it! (author)rgraham32017-05-07

pan of heated water.

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zapatamiranda.joseph made it! (author)2016-12-30

cool

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cd41 made it! (author)2009-05-30

lol, when i see this stuff, i think, bad breast implants.... maybe thats me, but I don't know what I would use mine for, maybe a punching bag..

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creepy0000 made it! (author)creepy00002016-12-27

I have little lego person ice cube trays. :)

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spooky1300 made it! (author)spooky13002009-06-04

thinking about sex, the RealDoll uses silicon, maybe ballistic gel can do the work.

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Phoghat made it! (author)Phoghat2009-06-04

It will melt at body or even room temperature. When used in a ballistics test it is always used cold, as per Myth Busters.

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cwebsterlusk made it! (author)cwebsterlusk2009-06-04

LOL ahh mythbusters. you just gotta love that show

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danilo-dude made it! (author)danilo-dude2009-07-04

I'm crazy bout them! XD

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Saturn V made it! (author)Saturn V2010-06-29

When in doubt, C4.

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d-phy made it! (author)d-phy2012-10-15

"I reject your reality and substitute my own."

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Phoghat made it! (author)Phoghat2012-11-12

whatever f;oats ya boat

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lil jon168 made it! (author)lil jon1682009-08-17

mine didnt melt i shot it like 5 times at like 100 degrees

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heathbar64 made it! (author)heathbar642009-06-04

Well, since you mentioned sex, Don't keep it around for too long. I had some gelatin made thick like this which I made a mold out of ( for casting) after it sat around for a couple months in a plastic container, it went back to liquid and smelled exactly like a used rubber that got lost under the bed for a couple weeks. Yummy!!!

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An Villain made it! (author)An Villain2009-07-02

THAT WAS DISGUSTING!!!

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buffalobillcody987 made it! (author)buffalobillcody9872009-10-15

hahaa

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An Villain made it! (author)An Villain2009-10-16

yes.

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murderme13 made it! (author)murderme132009-07-08

lol

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cwebsterlusk made it! (author)cwebsterlusk2009-05-30

it does melt by the way

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spooky1300 made it! (author)spooky13002009-06-04

melt as in using double broiler? or adding water?

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cwebsterlusk made it! (author)cwebsterlusk2009-06-04

double boiler. as i commented somewhere before if you add water it wont be thick enough and if you dont use a double boiler you will scorch the gelatin.

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StuartNiccals made it! (author)2015-08-13

what is the over all cost of this recipe?

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cjbruzan made it! (author)cjbruzan2016-05-19

just about $5

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creepy0000 made it! (author)creepy00002016-12-27

the gelatin I found was 2.5$

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ThomasB20 made it! (author)2015-04-02

To save those too lazy to read, Knox gelatin is edible ( used to make jigglers when a kid 2 packs reg jello 1 pack know, pour in tray and you have very very jiggly jello you can cut and eat) ...anyway this is a good way to test loads but pretty wasteful as targets since it will only last a few rounds

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NilsR5 made it! (author)NilsR52016-05-31

Just make them bigger :D

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jake.richard.92 made it! (author)2015-01-30

Is there any way to melt/reuse this ballistic gel? Or is it a one shot thing?

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dadodought made it! (author)dadodought2015-08-10

Yes, just put it back in the mold, microwave it, and chill it and its good as new

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1tri2god made it! (author)2013-04-12

Nice pics! how long will the gel retain its shape outside of the fridge? If left overnight or for a couple days after setup, will it still be functional?
Thanks

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tigerbomb8 made it! (author)2010-05-02

does it go off...

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dudejetfighter made it! (author)dudejetfighter2010-05-06

 what? its made for ballistic testing, you know like shooting at it.

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tigerbomb8 made it! (author)tigerbomb82010-05-06

 I MEAN LIKE HOW LONG DOES IT LAST IF YOU LEAVE IT OUTSIDE 

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mkarvonen made it! (author)mkarvonen2013-02-13

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beehard44 made it! (author)beehard442010-08-27

yeah, depends where you live and where you place it.

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Ghost Wolf made it! (author)2012-12-09

Will it melt once it's finished?

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walgrimph made it! (author)2012-01-14

can you use flavord jello

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walgrimph made it! (author)walgrimph2012-01-19

pleez answer

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America_scarface made it! (author)America_scarface2012-02-27

It doesn't work as well if you do, Knox is the best to use. You can add a little food coloring if you wish.

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walgrimph made it! (author)walgrimph2012-06-02

thanks



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pingirl9 made it! (author)2012-05-11

I wonder if this would work in a waterbed. This stuff is very useful!!

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domdanial made it! (author)2012-03-27

I know this is an old instructable, but i think if you add something like tea tree oil, which is an antibacterial, it should make it last longer.

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tiaka made it! (author)2012-02-06

Nice job with ballistic gel. I found a crystal clear pre-made ballistic gel block from ballistekgel.com. The stuff is great, I shot it multiple times and I could still have kept shooting it if I wanted. Didn't fall apart like the knox gelatine. It was a little more but I didn't have my wife made at me for making a mess in the kitchen. Just thought I would pass it on.

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JR.Mythbuster made it! (author)2009-06-08

how long should i put it in the frige for?

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neodymium made it! (author)neodymium2011-07-05

put it in the fridge for about 4-5 hours. sorry for being late.

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it! (author)2009-05-29

Does this mean adding water or using a double boiler?

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arvinx5 made it! (author)arvinx52009-05-30

adding water

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The Wolf made it! (author)The Wolf2009-06-07

you add water?!

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trker made it! (author)trker2011-06-21

no don't add water

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cwebsterlusk made it! (author)cwebsterlusk2009-05-30

no, it means like a double boiler setup. otherwise you wind up with runny gelatin. you just want to melt what is there without burning the gelatin to the pan.

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