Introduction: FREE Wound FX at Home- Last Minute Laceration

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This I'ble will show you how to create wound FX, at home on the cheap. With only a few items from around the average home, we shall try to accomplish some authentic looking last minute effects for our Halloween ensemble.

This was created in under 45min, done 1 handed obviously. That includes picture time also.

This was applied on my forearm, although I have used this method to do a full chest wound also. The technique can be used to achieve, many types of wounds.

Step 1: What You Will Need

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Like the title says, this I'ble was done for nothing, from things around an average home. If you do not have one of these items, they should not amount to much to purchase.

~ Toilet paper- Full role

~ Plain flour- 4 Tsp

~ Jam- Blackcurrent or strawberry (no we are not baking a cake. )

~ Tomatoe sauce

~ Sharpie- Black/red

~ Foundation- This one might be a bit tricky, we may have to borrow some from your Mum or Girlfriend.  Ladies your in luck, you may perhaps have some already. This is not strictly needed, yet will take your wound from looking almost fake to looking real.

~ Hair dryer- Makes things 10 times quicker

Step 2: Making Our Binder

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First we need to make some paste.

Take your flour and put it in a saucepan. Add some water and heat on the stove top. (Kids  get Mum or Dad to help please)

Stir till a paste forms. Add more water if necessary.

Set aside until we are ready.

Step 3: Priming the Surface

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Take a small amount of our glue and paint a thin layer, over the skin which will be the wound area. Make sure this layer extends out past where our wound will finish.

I have chosen my forearm, so I have painted up to my hair level and slightly beyond.

This layer is what binds the wound to our skin.

Take your hair dryer, place it on warm setting and dry off the layer of glue.

Step 4: Apply the Skin Curles

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In this step, we will create the outer skin curles. This is the effect of skin retracting. The edges also give us the height of the wound, in order to feather it back out again.

Remember the higher you make these, the further the wound will need to feather back into your normal skin .

To create the edge take some toilet paper and make two rolled and twisted lengths. Apply a little glue to the bottom edge and lay them along the wound edges...

Blow dry the area.

Step 5: Sheet Layer

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Now we need to apply a sheet of the TP, over the entire area.

First we need to paint a thin layer of glue to help it stick.

Lay it over and press it down into all the gaps, chances are it we tear, don't worry.

Once it is on there take some more glue and saturate it, untill the TP almost goes see through.
Make sure the glue soaks back down to the skin.

Dry the area well.

Step 6: Tear Back

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Now apply some glue, around the outer edge of the wound wall. We want to saturate the TP, so it will tear away. Do not get the wound edge wet.

Gently pull away the excess.

Dry the area again.

Step 7: Creating Detail

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Now would be a good time, to think about some details for your wound. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, this will differ slightly.

I have decided to go for a bit of a skin flap around the edge.

Take more TP and pack it where you want it.
Use more glue where needed.

Step 8: Sheet Layer

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Apply another sheet.

Saturate the entire area, make sure to soak the glue through all the wound to the skin.
This is important to ensure your features bond well to the base layer. You don't want bits falling off everwhere, no do you?

Dry the area off.

Use some glue to dissolve and feather the outer edges into your skin. Remove any square edges to the TP.

Apply some final smoothing layers. Your may need to do half thickness TP sheets, so separate the two or three ply.

Dry off entire wound. Make sure it is bone dry down to the bottom layers.

Step 9: Adding a Black / Red Layer

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Black is always great for wounds. Use your marker to fill in any cavity and the inside of the wound.
When your sharpie / marker runs out, open it and use the inside to give it a more feathered texture.

Repeat with your red marker also. I did not have a red one, but thought you might.

I like to repeat this process, up onto my skin to aid transition. Maybe best to use non-toxic markers, for that means though.

Step 10: Adding Foundation and Food Stuffs

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We need to give the wound atleast some skin tone. Apply the foundation to the outer edges and your skin. Try to feather / grade the colors evenly. You may find more marker is necessary, here and there to help.

Once the foundation is down, it is time for some more goo.

Apply a thin layer of tomatoe sauce to the entire wound, let it soak into the TP to send it reddish. Dry this layer off, it smells like sauce if you don't. I apply the sauce back onto my skin, you do not have to if you do not want.

Alternatively you could buy a blood capsule.

Finally we need to add some sticky shiney goop. This is our jam.
Apply in thin layers and dry. If you add too much it will just run off / everywhere.

Step 11: Finished

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Apply finishing details and your done..

Sure in the bright light, you can tell the difference between this and professional work. Yet professional grade products, are not always on hand especially at the last minute.


zombiefire (author)2010-04-06

so mother !@#$in awesome

Lftndbt (author)zombiefire2010-09-06

Thankyou, thankyou. :)

brillbouncer (author)2010-09-06

This was amazing i did it last year and i'm going to do again this year!!

Lftndbt (author)brillbouncer2010-09-06

Good to see your back again! lol
Must have been the goods! ;)

brillbouncer (author)2009-11-01

 WOUND WENT BRILLIANTLY! Next year im thiking of pehaps ribs?!

Lftndbt (author)brillbouncer2010-01-25

My avatar was about 30min work with the same technique, couple of chicken bones stickin' out of it and you would be set. :) 

suzysmith24 (author)2015-05-18

Its so gross its amazing!

Element Force (author)2013-11-01

OMG looks so reel AHH dirt

Amazing Soldering Iron (author)2012-11-26

Neat - but ewwww....

wearetheprodigy (author)2011-10-02

SCARY! so realistic, welldone:)

deaddreamer (author)2011-09-09

thank you so much for this tutorial. I made a wound for a zombie walk some days ago and although it was hot, it stick well to my arm

nisoe (author)2011-07-22

that was amazing!

knex luver234 (author)2011-02-26

worked amazingly, did this with some bones stickin out, freaked my mom out!!!!!!!!!!

killersquirel11 (author)2010-10-30

Had some fun :D. Doesn't hold up too well once it gets down below freezing, however...

GreyWarden (author)2010-10-28

Freaking Badass man!

Astroz (author)2010-10-11

I tried this today and it was really fun! thanks

KingOfCatfish (author)2010-10-07

I think I'll just lean against a tree with these lacerations all over and torn up clothes with a chain saw laying next to me. Maybe a sign saying "Tie your shoes" or something?

javajunkie1976 (author)2010-09-28

I personally would use something other than food products. I used red, brown, and a bit of olivine green paint to get the look I wanted. The green was used to give it a bit of "skin gone moldy" and it worked great.

Screamo (author)2010-09-25

Ooh that cool you do that urself? :)?

kokutan-tenshi (author)2010-09-21

I have found that, if you can make it stick, and if you wish for the "gore" to be edible, one might substitute shredded coconut for the toilet paper.

:) I used coconut for a demonstrative speech on my campus, and didn't want to use anything inedible... just in case.

palmerpirate (author)2010-09-20

I personally find that acrylic paint does wonders for this step. It's super-mega-cheap, dries quickly, and is completely non-toxic and washable.

kyle97super (author)2010-09-10

it looks awsome!!! i think i will try it in october for halloween

Jimmy Proton (author)2010-08-08

holy crap thats amazing, i am defiantly doin this for halloween

Lftndbt (author)Jimmy Proton2010-09-06

Give it a go! hell easy, i'll be using it this year no doubt. :)

Jimmy Proton (author)Lftndbt2010-09-07

i wasnt planning on tricker treating but after this i think i will

Meesy7 (author)2010-09-06

what temp?

panickeyaxes (author)2010-01-23

instead of usin  glue i would use petroleum jelly to make it stick. lol

Lftndbt (author)panickeyaxes2010-01-25

I didn't have any petroleum jelly. ;P 

LisaYum (author)2009-10-26

this is absolute genius! Not everyone can afford to only use a bit of latex when they come in $16 liter bottles

Lftndbt (author)LisaYum2009-10-28

Thanks!! Not only do many people not have the money, in Australia where I am, Latex is not all that available. Even halloween shops (1 in my area) don't have it. 

underkill (author)2009-10-25

great tutorial man. love the simplicity of it.  will have to wait until i need i week off from work, maybe use a small version on a finger... good stuff.

Lftndbt (author)underkill2009-10-28

Thanks for your comment.... remember you only need a few minutes to do a single finger wound. Mine shown would only take 1/2 an hour... try it out tonight. 

ttrat (author)2009-10-21

 I have one question,  would it be possible to use a gel deodorant instead of the flour water mix?

Lftndbt (author)ttrat2009-10-22

Hmmmm, I don't think so.  The idea is to paper-mache your are... It may work though, give it a go. 

ttrat (author)Lftndbt2009-10-23

 I tried it. I t was stick, but not sticky enough, and stupid me forgot that deo dries.

Pikaboy (author)2009-10-20

Looks pretty real man!!
and also very painfully.

Lftndbt (author)Pikaboy2009-10-22

LoL Thanks!! 

l8nite (author)2009-10-22

 That looks NAsssssssssssssssssTY! in a really cool way of course...

Lftndbt (author)l8nite2009-10-22


Zergling_pack (author)2009-10-19

 How well does it hold onto the skin? IDK why but to me it seems like it would come off with relatively minor force. Like bumping my hip while walking. 

 Also forgot to say it still looks amazing!

Lftndbt (author)Zergling_pack2009-10-20


Lftndbt (author)Zergling_pack2009-10-20

PVA glue works great as a binding agent for many types of materials. They even use it, to make concrete stick to concrete. It also sets hard. Once it is set you are free to flex, knock it, bump it, whatever you feel like... Infact the effect at the end of the night, when it does finally start coming up at the edges, is also hideous.

SinAmos (author)2009-10-19

I have no idea what kind of wound that looks like.

Lftndbt (author)SinAmos2009-10-20

Septic laceration maybe? 

ecarrilloalbarran (author)2009-10-19

It look amazing! great ible


Thanks!! Not a bad effect for the last minute. 

! xD ! (author)2009-10-19

Great instructable, easy instructions and scary-good pictures. Im not into the whole zombie/creepy effects craze and I already have a costume, but maybe Ill try this on an unsuspecting victim... >:D

A few questions though -what kind of glue did you use, and how much is needed? Also, does the glue like, pull the hair off your arm or irriate it? Does the jam soak into the TP?


Lftndbt (author)! xD !2009-10-20

Glue- Step 2 "Making the binder" It is PVA glue made at home with water and flour. It is water soluble, so you can just wash it out of you hair.  Yes the jam does soak in.

Thanks for you comment, hope that helps. :)

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