Picture of Foamed Gelatin Prosthetics
There are many different materials today that can be used to make prosthetics, but most of them can be hard to find and complicated to use, but gelatin is available anywhere, and with a little practice, is very easy to work with.


Unflavored, unsweetened gelatin powder.
Hand mixer (with only one beater)
plastic cups
plasticine clay
skin colored acrylic paint
fake blood
flesh tone makeup

Step 1: Sculpting

Picture of Sculpting
To begin, use some plasticine clay to sculpt your prosthetic on a paper plate, in my case I'm making a puzzle piece shaped wound, from the 'SAW' films, but this can be used for just about anything (burn scars, bullet wounds, gashes whatever). Make sure to smooth out the edges of the sculpt as best as you can, the smoother you blend it into the plate, the easier the piece will be to apply later. cut the bottom out from a plastic container, and place around your sculpt, seal edges with more clay.
rmagnificent10 months ago

By adding glycerin to the formula (can be purchased at most pharmacies, even Walmart) it really ups the strength and durability of the gelatin. A few drops of dish soap introduced before whipping also guarantees more inducement of air which makes for more end product which is nice and light for larger pieces. Another tip is to use witchazel to thin out the edges. Thanks for the tutorial, and keep crafting!

polysterene6 years ago
What kind of Gelatin did you use to create this?
Knox works well
lvegetables3 years ago
this looks pretty nasty :)
my only suggestions would be to blend the color and edges a bit better, and try adding the effect of swelling and busing around the wound. Maybe add some black on the inside. Looks good though!! I'm sure many will find help in your instructions.
strmrnnr6 years ago
These would be good with some edible paint. You could eat your scabs, and gross some people out even more.
ItsTheHobbs6 years ago
OH MY GOD!!!!!! someone stabbed you with a puzzle piece!
slicendice (author)  ItsTheHobbs6 years ago
Yeah, those senior citizens can get violent when you interrupt game time!
PKM6 years ago
Wow... it's a bit more effort but that looks so much nicer to actually use than the liquid latex/toilet paper concoction I've used in the past. (After a moderately stressful week-long shoot I have shell-shock from the smell of liquid latex and a certain brand of hair wax...) How resilient is the finished prosthesis? I guess if it's for a party costume it's not going to take much abuse, but could you fight a crazed axe murderer or the ravening hordes of the living dead and keep it intact? Also, will it start to dissolve if you use water-based colours or fake blood on it?
slicendice (author)  PKM6 years ago
it's very flexible stuff, moves very realistically with skin, but if you need it to stay on the skin longer, you might consider tacking it on with spirit gum instead.
Robotrix PKM6 years ago
I've used water based fake blood on this with good success. I think it only degrades with heat (although this does mean sweat can affect the prosthetics) They are sturdier if you add glycerin with the water when you're mixing the gelatin. It gives them a little more resiliancy and smooth texture. Small palm sized sheets are about as sturdy as rubber, and can be cut and shaped in similar ways.
Robotrix6 years ago
Nice job! Great to see this on instructables. I only found out about this technique in October. We used it to make some food safe organs for a zombie flick. You could mention as well that by pouring the un-foamed gelatin on a cool plate, you can make some thin sheets that are a great substitute for skin. I used some to cover one eye and to make some damagable skin patches.