Sadly here in Belgium there is little to no enforcement of Halloween. Say all you want about it becoming a marketing product; I like what the industry has carved the day into. Wish there were more marks of it felt around here.

Thus I thought I would make an instructable (my first) after reading of the Halloween competition:
A VERY convincing scar!

The instructable is long because I tried to present in detail. But the process itself is rather simple and short. Good luck!

WARNING 1: Keeping it on too long can have simiallar effect to wearing tight socks for a long time would have around your ankles. This can be extremely disturbing.
WARNING 2: folding too much skin is sure to increase the effects mentioned in warning #1. Try to make a ratio of size and time& the more you need to keep it on; the better you keep the amount low.
WARNING 3: In this instructable you are advised to use glue directly onto your skin. As DIY'ers, we possibly already have simply too much experience with glue on our skin. But none the less you may want to keep in mind that this glue is to remaing for some time. Your skin won't breath it's usual amount and will be in constant contact. Do NOT choose any chemical that your body would allergically react to. Please USE YOUR COMMON SENSE.

Step 1: Blah blah stuff...

Let's begin with a little history (Blah blah stuff... you can skip it):

My childhood was a little unfortunate, resulting with a great number of stitches here and there (Hence had enough time to examine stitches thoroughly).
Around my first years of junior high I had come up with a way to make realistic scars. Due to my background in what they are suppose to look like. I had in fact even managed to skip an exam because my hand was stitched!
Although this was a method I have completely figured out on my own; I am more than sure that a lot of people must have done something similar since it is actually such a simple method.

For some additional information; I was a few years younger than the rest of the class... so it should be acceptable that I was more what childish at the time.
thank you! i had no costume this year, but you gave me the best idea. and even though they don't sell super glue where i live in, and just used elmers glue? lol, it was way better than no costume. thank you so much!! :)
<p>yeah, dont use contact cement, very bad idea, but ronsonal lighter fluid works in a pinch as a remover</p>
Great one (y)
I have found that using liquid latex is one of the best things I've used for something like this. Though you'd have to be careful because it may cause allergic reactions.
Heey , I was wondering if you could also use this 'technique' among legs , collarbones and face? And if no, is there another , just as simple way ? xxx Great Tutorial! Thank you a lot!
I am so sorry for such a belated reply... <br>But for future reference you may want to take note that the legs are not the best candidate especially if you are of athletic physical state. As the skin there tends to really move about; the scars would tend to burst sooner or later. Unless you are in a bed or a wheel chair I would advise your obtaining some sort of putty and gluing the stitches onto it. <br> <br>But ironically I have never had trouble with the clavicle area despite the fact that I am what you would describe as skinny-bones and the mount of loose flesh is mere minimum in such an area. <br> <br>For the face I would advise caution for obvious reasons... On the cheek I had kept it for a day and babbled my heart out still not having it pop. The forehead did demand my limiting my actions. <br>Further than that I can really not give much advise through personal experience but through common sense I can presume that the nose would be rather difficult and the brows rather dangerous. <br> <br>I hope to have been of some use... <br>Once again: My sincere apologies for the delay! <br>
Hi, wanted to say how much I loved your design. I used a variant on this for a costume for a facial scar (with makeup instead of folding the skin since I was going to have it on all day). Kudos to your design because a *lot* of people thought it was real. <br> <br>Rubber cement worked really well for holding the stitches in place, though it tore a few upper layers of skin off if I didn't pick the stitches out first and rub it off slowly. Not perfect, but I'd still say better than spirit gum.
Thank you for stopping by with such encouraging words... <br> <br>Honestly I have never done this without the glue on myself (For sfx we usually would have a latex layer to really stitch). <br>I would love to see pictures of your results! <br>
Awesome..I'd like to try it but Ican't find any suitable glue. :'(
Use Spirit Gum..
Use Super Glue :P<br><br>dont... that stuff would be a biach to get off
what i do to get out of tests and stuff is get a razor, and run it over the place you want cut lightly, so that there is very little blood. wait for a night, and the next morning there will be a scab, but no real cut underneath. then proceed normally. (ps you could just push hard on the blade and really get stitches, i did that once)
EMO!!!<br />
no, not emo.&nbsp; i got into a fight and i did it the next day and the other guy got into teenage jail for armed assult
so u basically cut yourself to make it look like the dude that attacked you hit you with a knife or something?<br />
&nbsp;Hey!<br /> I incorporated my costume this halloween (I was a corporate zombie, I also used&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Multiple_Stab_wound_Costume_for_Under_5/">www.instructables.com/id/Multiple_Stab_wound_Costume_for_Under_5/</a>)<br /> It came out looking great!<br /> I didn't follow your directions exactly, as I had no internet connection at the time.<br /> Also, it ripped off halfway through the zombie battles.<br /> I'm pretty sure it tore off some skin.<br /> It currently hurts like a b***h.<br /> But great 'ible!!<br /> +1
<p><strong>AMAZING! you heal quick all thats lef is a crease where it used to be :) im going as a skateboarding accident so using big stiches for the &quot;do-it-yourself&quot; look 5 stars for simplicity and accuracy (would have been 4 but someone who can cut class with this deserves credit)</strong></p>
Just do what i do and self harm... *runs off to cry in the corner and listen to Slip-note and Blink 718*
Or you could just stab yourself with a sharp kitchen knife and have a doctor do it for you,(it may be easier)
ah yes,but the hardest part is convincing yourself that it wont hurt!
this is soooooo awsom i got to try this
Sweet! Some guy at school did this and he "accidentally" pulled his "stitches" out and it started "bleeding" all over. The teacher was out so when he came back, he freaked!
lol i did a bunch on my arm, but i just bloodied them, no stitches. before you apply the glue to an area with hair, get rid of the hair or it will stick to the hair and removing it will hurt like heck.
really top notch. Do you have any other effect make-up instructables up?
i made some of these but i used superglue instead. i would suggest against it. it held wonderfully, but if you leave it on for more than a few hours(mine was on overnight) it gets all lack of blood flow-ish. and then it starts to sting. i ended up pullin it off a few hours early >_<
asum scar looks real
This is a great instructable: thanks! The word you were looking for, by the way, is "verisimilitude"
Can you do a video how to do this? I can't figure out how to make the thread/stitching knot things.
I can't this week and I guess next week would be too late for holloween. Why don't you message me to more specifically state where you need help. I'll do my best.
Nice technique - this is my first try - I think I need more practice but there is definitely potential here
That is really coo! Nice work.
Time to read some Roald Dahl...
GOOD STUFF you like my neck vampire bite
Yes, but actually I am <em>moved</em> by your nick: &quot;<em>thee God's peace be/is upon</em>&quot; even more...<br/>Not a word I had expected to hear/read for a long while to come.<br/><br/>Actually your bite looks very convincing... much more convincining than the forensically impossible two puncture vampire bites commonly out there.<br/>I would only comment on the blood drip... I personally would either smear it, (really) over-do it, or remove it.<br/>
Thank you for your observation ,
you could have gone with 'realism', but 'realisticity' carries much more charm! :P
um when i tried this the super glue gave a burning sensation....is that bad? i took it off right after it dried fully, so as not to glue my hands together.
With some varieties I tend to get the such a sensation particularly on thinner skin such as forearm and so forth. The glue has a tendency to react with moisture fast and the reaction is exothermic (I hope thats how you say it in English also)... Thus a heating sensation is does happen. But how far itwent and how much it disturbed you is your observation completely. Especially since you are going to keep it on for some while... Had it felt "really wrong", you had definitely best follow the many alternatives members have stated here. The making of this Instructable was met with a low tack rubber cement. It gave no similar sensations. But another member argued that it carried greater harm/toxins... so you may want to be precautions. Since the amount we are going to be using is practically the same amount we get in contact with while we work with glue; one would say "it shouldn't matter..." But in our case we are intentionally keeping the glue on our skin for a serious amount of time. So precaution would be a wise idea. Actually Since you were able to wait until the glue dried off... it may be a good sign that you can actually use super glue since the biggest signs of strain would come in this process period had there been need to be worried. You would best experiment with which glue works best for you. I hope this was of some help.
Just about the whole comment/advice was written around SuperGlue (or CrazyGlue or any other CyanoacrylateGlue); save from aditonally trying to state that it is not your only option since this Instructable you just read through was done with rubbercement (which does not give similar sensations). Please reread the comments context keeping this in mind since this way It might be of more use to you. If you are talking about the same white "glue-stick" ... you must have VERY soft skin (read: "envy"). It's cool that you are experimenting. Good luck!!
well, i used krazyglue and not rubber cement. I actually did this in school with a glue stick and it worked quite well, but it is not durable at all. it hit it and it fell apart.
cooooooooooooooooooolllllllllll Love it that is so <em>metal</em><br/>
Amazing instructable. Very detailed and the final results are very believable. Best scar effect I have ever seen. Two thumbs up.
That is a brilliant effect. Are you going to enter it into the Hallowe'en contest?<br/><br/>As an aside, superglue (cyanoacrylate glue) <em>should</em> be skin-friendly, since doctors use it to glue wounds together that won't stitch.<br/>
Wait.. now that you mention it... you are so right! (<em>First Instructable :(.. must be the excitement factor to do the responsible thing</em>)<br/><br/>In fact they were the field &quot;band-aid&quot; used in battlefields. How did that ever slip my mind. Thanks for the heads up. I'll add it in an edit.<br/><br/>And yes I have added it to the contest.<br/>
There are differences, i just recently had to have my finger glued back together because of my stupidity about playing with armstrong's mixtures, and i found out that what the medics use is a purple glue stuff and takes a while to dry, it takes a bit to bond the skin too, its less brutal because they need to put it over cuts.<br/><br/>And also, when they do it, they dont just use it on any cut, mine was too deep to not have anything done with it, but not wide enough to stitch, and so they had to put the glue over a flap of skin that was hanging there to make it work.<br/><br/>OH and Medical grade stuff doesnt smell bad =P<br/>
NewSkin (liquid bandage), a medical "glue" sold in many chain stores (here in the US), is clear and would work great for this. It has a strong odor, too, but just until it dries. Usually flakes off in a day or so.
My dad superglued our dog together (well, only the skin layer) after she licked out her sutures after spay surgery. I was kind of mad at him because he used regular superglue and it must have stung. Can't find liquid bandage easily in Malaysia yet, but here in the US I see it in Walgreens outlets all the time.
Well, that's a very qualified yes. As you know, there are many forms of cyanoacrylates floating around out there. Physicisans use one that is different from B&amp;Q or Home Depot.<br/><br/>The stuff you and I buy from a retail outlet is meant to *stay* It's not designed to wear quickly off. I've built many a R/C plane in my day, and you really want to avoid sticking your skin together with it. I actually bought a release agent just in case it bonded my skin together.<br/>
Actually, superglue is <em>very</em> skin friendly, as it's usually the main ingredient in liquid bandages!<br/>
You're good

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