How to Make a Fake Hand





Introduction: How to Make a Fake Hand

Previously on Indy Mogul, we showed you how to make a fake head for your indie filmmaking needs. This week we have the recipe for a fake hand! We are always looking for new projects like these at Indy Mogul, so send in your ideas! And don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!

Shopping List

1. 16 lbs. plaster of paris.
(8 lbs for the top half, 8 for the bottom. )

2. BFX ballistics gel.
(Check out this Weekend Extra for more details.)

3. Liquid latex.
(In a flesh tone.)

4. Caulk.
(Does not need to be adhesive.)

5. Petroleum Jelly.
(As a de-molding agent. You could also use cooking spray.)

6. Duct tape.
(I'm going to stop listing this because you should always have some ready.)

7. A cardboard box.
(To add some "fleshyness" to the face.)

Step 1: The Mold (Part 1)

This process takes several stages, but is fairly simple. First cut a notch in one end of the box. Then tape up the bottom and sides.

Next mix up half your plaster, which should be about 8 lbs for a hand mold. As mentioned by Jared, use a little more water then recommended. Cover your subjects entire hand and arm (anything going into the plaster) with petroleum jelly. Now pour your plaster into the bo. It should be about 3-4 inches deep. Place the bottom half of your hand into the plaster and rock it back and forth to get it to sink in. Don't put your hand too deep into the plaster.

Step 2: The Mold (Part 2)

After about 15-20 minutes you should be able to remove your hand. Shortly after this the mold will start to get very warm. This is normal.

Once the bottom half is dry, you can move to the top half. Apply more petroleum jelly to the bottom mold and your actors hand. Mix up some more plaster and place hand back into mold. Pour the new plaster over your hand and the bottom mold. Wait the some amount of time for this layer to dry.

Step 3: The Mold (Part 3)

Now very carefully lift the top half mold. The top half of the mold can very easily crack when being separated. Once your actors hand is free you should leave both halves of your new hand mold to dry for another hour.

Step 4: The Hand (Part 1)

Now that you have a bad ass hand mold, making a hand is pretty simple. You could use this mold to make a fake hand out of anything you want, but I recommend using some DIY ballistics gel. Before you add anything you need to prep the mold. Clean out any debris that is inside you mold. Aplly cooking spray or more petroleum jelly to the inside of the hand mold. Now apply some caulk to the outside of the one half of the mold.

Now seal the mold and, using the some cardboard box, and duct tape close both halves of the mold together tightly. Allow for the caulk to dry. Now you're ready for the fleshy filling.

Step 5: The Hand (Part 2)

Pour ballistics gel into mold and refrigerate. If you used enough de-molding agent, after the gel has set you should be able to pull the hand out of the mold in one piece. The final step is to paint on a few layers of liquid latex "skin".


This process may take some trial and error. The good news though, is that the whole thing doesn't cost much money. Also, once you have a really good mold, you can make many hands from the some mold. Another cool thing is that you can use this same process to mold other objects or body parts.



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    how about painting the inside of the mould with the latex first? then add the gel...

    if you were to paint the two halves of the mold before you poured the ballistics gel there would be a seam that would be fairly unattractive, though painting it on isnt very smooth either, theres always the option of buying a larger ammount of latex and dipping the gel hand into that but ive not much experience.

    i was thinking that it could be poured into the mould, and the latex rotated around it, then pour out.

    I was thinking the same, seems like a great idea.

    wow you know your brain epsiode got me thinking the mould and silcone could mean a prop thats is usable over and over

    how about alginate, it cures fast, pour it on the hand, wrap some plaster soaked gauze around that, when it cures, slit it up the side...

    Thank you for the instructable. It was the only good instructable to take the mold of my hand usuing plaster. I must admit at first I didnt take your measurements seariously. I mean that much of plaster, then I was struck by the reality, I didnt have enough plaster for the top, so it broke. So everyone, you really need that much, not less. In addition, there are three details I would like to point out about molding: One is to be careful while choosing the plaster of paris. There are too many types, the fast drying one is the one for repair. The other thing is the hint of mixing the plaster. Always put water in to the container first, then cup by cup add the plaster. So you wont have lumps. The mixture will be saturated eventually.It has to get a yogurt type of feel. Since it dries really fast you have to be quick. The last thing is, that you mix the plaster always in the same direction. For ex. clocwise. If you mix it with towards both directions, your plasters quality will be poor. So it can crack or break easily. I hope these hints are helpfull. Thanks again.


    Can i use this for a jello mold?

    i'd think so, as long as you put plastic wrap or tinfoil inside the mold first.