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Transform a victim into the walking dead.  Loads of fun for parties, photo shoots, or just hitting the drive thru.

Superawesomeamazing photos: Raphael Leib.

Kind and patient model: Gustavo Bimbela
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Step 1: Materials and supplies

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Temptu Dura Palettes- Corpse, Trauma
Temptu Dura Liquid Kits- All Skin, Burn, Corpse
99% Alcohol
Setting powder appropriate for your model
Creme color in fire red and maroon

Airbrush (I used an Iwata Temptu SP-35)
Various brushes; I like taklon brushes for the alcohol and creme based makeups.
Q tips
Steel palette
Metal spatula

Prosaide (or equivalent; Johnson&Johnson Duo, etc.)
Fresh Liquid Latex
Old, congealed liquid latex (I save latex past it's prime just for stuff like this.)
1 ply toilet paper (NO TEXTURE!  MUST BE FLAT!)
SFX Gelatin (Gel FX or equivalent) in "skin" and "blood."
Ben Nye "Fresh Scab" 
Ben Nye "Clean Grease"
Ben Nye Tooth Color (I mixed "nicotine" and "black" to make a horrible brown.)

Step 2: Add tear-away flesh spots

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Apply rings of prosaide to model where you want "tear away flesh."  The open space in the center of the ring will be painted red later.

When prosaide is tacky (50% clear,) push toilet paper onto ring.

When prosaide is dry, tear excess paper towel from outside of ring.

tap on liquid latex to cover paper towel and blend edges.  Be careful so it doesn't ball up or get chunky.  My latex had started to "turn" due to expiration of shelf life; while not optimal, it can be worked around.
희욱김5 months ago

Wow - great training material.

kommodore1 year ago
Wow, this is really great, good job! And thanks for this very detailed instructable, you rock!
ryder3582 years ago
Truly disgusting, well done. About how much do these supplies cost in total?
Jenn Nelson (author)  ryder3582 years ago
If you don't have ANYTHING to start with? Well, kind of a lot. If you've got a pretty good basic kit already, then you can substitute other products reasonably. Commercially prepared SFX gelatin is pretty cheap, you can get a bottle for like 7 bucks if I remember correctly. You can probably do it on the cheap if you have some basic tools already for about 50 bucks, and would have enough supplies to do 7-10 zombies.
Jenn Nelson (author)  Jenn Nelson2 years ago
If you're planning on doing lots of zombies, an airbrush and compressor alone is about 250 bucks. An alcohol based makeup palette is about 65.
That is crazy (scary) realistic looking! Though I have never seen a zombie, I imagine they look like that.
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is both amazing and so scary I want to cry! Well done!