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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 !

 
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Eeeew! This looks really scary, gross, but cool all the same!

little.kaori2 months ago

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!

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waggy10110 months ago
So realistic
The Animator (author)  waggy10110 months ago

Thanks waggy101 ;)

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
The Animator (author)  interestedturtle10 months ago

Thanks interestedturtle...made the gelatine thick to look swollen as you are right the bite can get lost in the makeup.:)

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.
The Animator (author)  Nostalgically New10 months ago

Thanks Nostalgically New,

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 :)

dorkpirate10 months ago
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)
The Animator (author)  dorkpirate10 months ago

Thanks dorkpirate (love the username),

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 http://www.instructables.com/id/Gelatine-prostheti... I am making a three piece face prosthetic at the moment and will post an 'bile' when done...cheers !

kawaiilover10 months ago
Wow like it, fun!
The Animator (author)  kawaiilover10 months ago

Thanks kawaiilover ....give it a try and happy zombying...lol !!!

BigRed197310 months ago

That is simply amazing!!! You have an eye for detail......

The Animator (author)  BigRed197310 months ago

Thanks BigRed1973,

If you try it please post it to let me see...;)

Awesome instructable! Straightforward, fun to play with, easy to customize and the end result looks quite realistic. Great job!

The Animator (author)  alannarosewhitney10 months ago

Thanks alannarosewhitney,

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.

KemikalzAreFun10 months ago
Thank you! I've been thinking if making gelatin for prosthetics, but I wasn't really sure how. Very informative! And very nice job!

Have you tried 3rd degree or Artex (Kryolan)??
The Animator (author)  KemikalzAreFun10 months ago

Hi mate

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

The Animator (author)  KemikalzAreFun10 months ago

Hi mate

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

vitusdoom11 months ago
cool! better if it was still holloween. overall, really realistic.
The Animator (author)  vitusdoom11 months ago

Cheers vitusdoom :)

jpedro811 months ago
professional job! amazing.
The Animator (author)  jpedro811 months ago

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