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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: http://www.myscienceproject.org/gelatin.html
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!
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.
kaitheninja3 years ago
Woah kinda freaky i have to melt mine down at the exact same time as the picture two years later!
msmart19993 years ago
how long
Briterican5 years ago
Two pans, one with gelatin, one with water. The pan with water goes on stove and is heated. The pan with gelatin goes in the pan with water so it too is heated without burning the gelatin.
ok it goes like this-1st get your gelitan, fill pan with some water, not to much,then put gelitan on top of pan with water in it.stir accashonally.
I am confused do I use the stove or just put the jelly in a bowl of water