Hi everyone,

Here is a very low cost gelatine infected zombie bit prosthetic. It is less likely to cause any skin irritation if you are allergic to rubber latex but still do all the usual tests with the materials to check for allergies prior to application explained in the next step.

The whole process takes about an hour after a couple of attempts and you can re-use your negative mould multiple times as the gelatine washes out easily, as long as your Plaster of Paris mix is strong. Normal ratio is Plaster of paris 2 parts to 1 part water. Simple plastic cups are the best way to measure amounts required.

The most important part of any prosthetic is to ensure you have thin edges for effective blending to the skin.  This example is a little rough and needed more blending but it was done just to show the process and less emphasis was put on realism but it's still fairly effective and hope it gives you the basic idea.

Please be aware: Gelatine is extremely hot when melted (like hot toffee) therefore please don't apply it directly to the skin or you may create a permanent special effect prosthetic.

Enjoy !

Step 1: Allergy testing and preparing your skin

Allergy testing

With all the products used in these instructables there is potential for allergic reactions. Certain common things may be unlikely, but paints, latex and other fx supplies have the potential to cause reactions. Large numbers of people are allergic to latex, and you do not want to find this out after you have just painted it all over your face.

The most common way to test products for allergies is to place a small amount (a few mm across) on the inside of your arm. This skin is very sensitive, and is also not visible normally, so not so much a concern if you do get a rash or staining.

You can do multiple 'dots' for your different products, and it is sensible to do this a day in advance so you can be sure there is no problem.


To ensure a smooth makeup application, it is sensible to exfoliate your skin first to remove the layer of dead skin on top, which will ensure that any prosthetics you apply will stay in place as long as you want them.

After exfoliating it is a good idea to moisturise. This is not only good for your skin, but should also help the smooth application of the makeup, and provide a slight barrier to prevent any staining that you might get from, e.g. fake blood.

When applying prosthetics to skin, or anywhere you will be putting liquid latex, you will most likely want to shave any hair (certainly on arms and legs) as it is extremely painful to pull these off when they are attached to hair.  When applying Gelatine prosthetics they are easily washed off with warm soapy water.
<p>i know this will sound stupid but when you say 6 parts this and 2 parts that what is the measurements. the reason i ask is a friend of mine saw this part of the tut and asked me what does the animator mean by this. my friend cant just wing it he has to have the exact amount of everything. thanks for reading and have a good day/night</p>
<p>Eeeew! This looks really scary, gross, but cool all the same!</p>
<p>Your Gelatine recypi is brilliant! I have yet to try it, but it is just the thing I was looking for. I was contemplating buying sillicone for my molds, but this is way better. Thank you very much for the tip and the perfect intructions!</p>
<p>Hi all,</p><p><br>Hope you have enjoyed the instructables so far and thank you to all the lovely people who are following me ....<br><br>Please check out my YouTube page and 'LIKE' the videos and 'SUBSCRIBE' to see more videos and pics....<br><br>Thanks<br><br>Steven Harris FX (The Animator)<br><br><strong>WARNING: THIS VIDEO COULD BE A LITTLE SCARY FOR CHILDREN</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNNhYMZLNh4" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNNhYMZLNh4</a></p>
So realistic
<p>Thanks waggy101 ;)</p>
I did something like this for a contest and band performance but it looked more like a bruise. This is great though and looks amazing
<p>Thanks interestedturtle...made the gelatine thick to look swollen as you are right the bite can get lost in the makeup.:)</p>
It looks great and makes me go all gooey in equal measures (visions from Walking Dead spring to mind!)... The fact that it's raised makes it look swollen too, however, I'm sure that was your intention as you obviously know what you're doing! Really nice work.
<p>Thanks Nostalgically New,</p><p>I was trying to make it look like it was almost ready to pop which is what i am working on next, swollen spots and infected swells that can actually be squeezed...yuck!!!.....If you heat the gelatine with a hairdryer it melts 'normally' from the inside first which works well for burn blisters etc...glad you like it :)</p>
sweet instructable good job on the bruising. and lol good warning I could totally see someone pouring it on for a drippy burn look (soon to be real)
<p>Thanks <a href="/member/dorkpirate/" rel="nofollow">dorkpirate</a> (love the username),</p><p>The first time I used the gelatine, i thought 'O' I will just fix that tiny little hole in the Gelatine mix with the back of a hot teaspoon (when wearing the prosthetic) and then 'OUCH' !!!!...lol...check out the other 'ibile' which is a larger piece <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Gelatine-prosthetic-application/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Gelatine-prostheti...</a> I am making a three piece face prosthetic at the moment and will post an 'bile' when done...cheers !</p>
Wow like it, fun!<br>
<p>Thanks <a href="/member/kawaiilover/" rel="nofollow">kawaiilover</a> ....give it a try and happy zombying...lol !!!</p>
<p>That is simply amazing!!! You have an eye for detail......</p>
<p>Thanks BigRed1973,</p><p>If you try it please post it to let me see...;)</p>
<p>Awesome instructable! Straightforward, fun to play with, easy to customize and the end result looks quite realistic. Great job!</p>
<p>Thanks alannarosewhitney,</p><p>If you give it a try don't hold the hairdryer too close on high setting to dry it out or it melts...lol...just make up small gelatine mixes until you get the softness or strength you want. </p>
Thank you! I've been thinking if making gelatin for prosthetics, but I wasn't really sure how. Very informative! And very nice job!<br><br>Have you tried 3rd degree or Artex (Kryolan)??
<p>Hi mate</p><p>I use 3rd degree but it is expensive and i only use it for guts and grazes. The gelatine is so cheap although you can but FX Gelatine but it costs more. I also remelt the prosthetics and you only lose a tiny bit of products when cleaning it...only on larger prosthetics though, like the 'fat nose' prosthetic i have just posted..give it a go mate ...Cheers</p>
<p>Hi mate</p><p>I use 3rd degree but it is expensive and i only use it for guts and grazes. The gelatine is so cheap although you can but FX Gelatine but it costs more. I also remelt the prosthetics and you only lose a tiny bit of products when cleaning it...only on larger prosthetics though, like the 'fat nose' prosthetic i have just posted..give it a go mate ...Cheers</p>
cool! better if it was still holloween. overall, really realistic.
<p>Cheers vitusdoom :)</p>
professional job! amazing.
<p>Thanks jpedro....have fun if you use it for any prosthetics. Rubber latex last longer and is easier to use but is expensive...just trying to give everyone the chance to afford it....cheers</p>

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