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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:
We then altered as we saw fit and used our finished product in our own way.
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Step 1: Ingredients & Setup

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

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

1tri2god1 year ago
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?
tigerbomb84 years ago
does it go off...
 what? its made for ballistic testing, you know like shooting at it.
yeah, depends where you live and where you place it.
Ghost Wolf2 years ago
Will it melt once it's finished?
cd415 years ago
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..
spooky1300 cd415 years ago
thinking about sex, the RealDoll uses silicon, maybe ballistic gel can do the work.
It will melt at body or even room temperature. When used in a ballistics test it is always used cold, as per Myth Busters.
LOL ahh mythbusters. you just gotta love that show
I'm crazy bout them! XD
When in doubt, C4.
d-phy Saturn V2 years ago
"I reject your reality and substitute my own."
Phoghat d-phy2 years ago
whatever f;oats ya boat
mine didnt melt i shot it like 5 times at like 100 degrees
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!!!
it does melt by the way
melt as in using double broiler? or adding water?
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.
walgrimph3 years ago
can you use flavord jello
pleez answer
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.

pingirl92 years ago
I wonder if this would work in a waterbed. This stuff is very useful!!
domdanial3 years ago
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.
tiaka3 years ago
Nice job with ballistic gel. I found a crystal clear pre-made ballistic gel block from 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.
Hitman2273 years ago
Nice job, looks exactly like the one I made!
how long should i put it in the frige for?
put it in the fridge for about 4-5 hours. sorry for being late.
Does this mean adding water or using a double boiler?
adding water
you add water?!
trker The Wolf3 years ago
no don't add water
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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