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A VERY easy to do VERY convincing scar!

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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.
 
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wins5e3 years ago
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!! :)
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fiftikhar5 months ago
Great one (y)
sueupton5 years ago
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As a "pro makeup person" we do actually use acetone to create this effect, or at least similar ones. There are many scarring compounds and adhesives out there and for a slit he has the right idea, but I would use a medical adhesive, silicone based or other, but not latex. The latex will not hold as the purpose of it is that it is flexible and will stretch.

Rigid Collodian will create an incredible scar like this if you paint on multiple layers of the thinnest line. It has acetone in it so yes, mua's do use acetone. Best of all no folding of e skin, it shrinks the skin you apply it too backward, as it contracts as it dries. More layers equals more pulling and a deeper cut. It is literally designed for this effect.
I loves my rigid collodion!! Most effective looking scars ever - even for people who knew me already.
BlackDidThis (author)  sueupton5 years ago
Hmmm thats very important information about acetone.

Mind I look into that first and edit accordingly?
Please do not get offended; I truly do not wish to insult your profession nor your knowledge.
It's that I would like to get some background on it first.

As for the latex... well latex adhesives (a version of contact glues) tend to work well. But with the latex I have used to date it held the two ends very poorly. Might be that it lacks quality. But in the end I don't advise latex for this in particular.
On the other hand I have had wonderful results in creating wrinkles with it.

I guess Pro-aide should be something I should look for at some time. Is it something found commonly? Or does it require postal ordering and etc?

Thank you very much for the input Sue.
It is much appreciated

Black
BlackDidThis (author)  BlackDidThis5 years ago
I have now edited this step in accordance to my very short research with hopes that people will choose wisely on what to do in accordance to the amounts and circumstances. Thank you again
I don't mean to rock the boat here, but you can use acetone on your skin. Not the industrial strength stuff you get in the hardware store. Go get a bottle of Nail Polish Remover. It has acetone as its number one ingredient which makes removing glues, paint and spirit gum from ones skin a snap. Some of them even have skin softening ingredients that leave your skin soft and smooth.You can get acetone free stuff too if you are sensitive. It just takes a bit more of it for longer.

WARNING: DON'T BE A DUMMY AND USE IT AROUND EYES MOUTH NOSE OR OTHER SENSITIVE TISSUES!

Agreed. I know this is an old post but I don't want anyone reading it and being terrified if they ever get sfx makeup done and smell acetone. That person isn't trying to kill you! Lol it is perfectly fine! Kryolan, one of e leading theatrical makeup brands, sells acetone for goodness sakes, as well as Gradtobian I think? Anyway, it is used to blend bald cap edges, or you can thin your latex if it isn't blending into the skin around the edges of an appliance. Im not trying to be mean but I'm baffled a pro makeup artist said that... It is like saying you are a master chef who has never used butter.
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I think (though I'm not absolutely sure) that tincture of Benzoin might be what you are referring to for the colostomy bag.

Tincture of Benzoin is used as a "glue" for holding on bandages. It does have some minor side effects, it will slightly stain your skin, and prolonged use will "toughen" your skin (I have heard that some guitarists will use it on their finger tips, and I do know that rock climbers use it to toughen finger tips).

In fact in terms of this Instructable, Tincture of Benzoin might work well, the slight staining effect might make the stitches look more "real".

In doing a quick web search, I did find a medical reference where there is a slight possibility of an allergic reaction to Benzoin, and the concluding remark was:
"To conclude, tincture benzoin is a safe, natural substance to increase tackiness; however, it can rarely cause allergic contact dermatitis."


As for sources, it should be available a larger drugstores or other medical supply places, and I saw that it is available from REI

des3cwt1 year ago
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.
xFr3akSh0W3 years ago
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!
BlackDidThis (author)  xFr3akSh0W1 year ago
I am so sorry for such a belated reply...
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.

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.

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.
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.

I hope to have been of some use...
Once again: My sincere apologies for the delay!
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.

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.
BlackDidThis (author)  Lillian Bakht1 year ago
Thank you for stopping by with such encouraging words...

Honestly I have never done this without the glue on myself (For sfx we usually would have a latex layer to really stitch).
I would love to see pictures of your results!
sportguru4 years ago
Awesome..I'd like to try it but Ican't find any suitable glue. :'(
Use Spirit Gum..
Use Super Glue :P

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!!!
no, not emo.  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?
hackerlife4 years ago
 Hey!
I incorporated my costume this halloween (I was a corporate zombie, I also used www.instructables.com/id/Multiple_Stab_wound_Costume_for_Under_5/)
It came out looking great!
I didn't follow your directions exactly, as I had no internet connection at the time.
Also, it ripped off halfway through the zombie battles.
I'm pretty sure it tore off some skin.
It currently hurts like a b***h.
But great 'ible!!
+1

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 "do-it-yourself" look 5 stars for simplicity and accuracy (would have been 4 but someone who can cut class with this deserves credit)

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!
159Ghouls5 years ago
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!
tmos5405 years ago
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.
bloodpact5 years ago
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 >_<
gmana5 years ago
asum scar looks real
jbisker5 years ago
This is a great instructable: thanks! The word you were looking for, by the way, is "verisimilitude"
dkfa5 years ago
Can you do a video how to do this? I can't figure out how to make the thread/stitching knot things.
BlackDidThis (author)  dkfa5 years ago
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.
jfearnside5 years ago
Nice technique - this is my first try - I think I need more practice but there is definitely potential here
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Plasmana5 years ago
That is really coo! Nice work.
shantaram5 years ago
Time to read some Roald Dahl...
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shantaram5 years ago
GOOD STUFF you like my neck vampire bite
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BlackDidThis (author)  shantaram5 years ago
Yes, but actually I am moved by your nick: "thee God's peace be/is upon" even more...
Not a word I had expected to hear/read for a long while to come.

Actually your bite looks very convincing... much more convincining than the forensically impossible two puncture vampire bites commonly out there.
I would only comment on the blood drip... I personally would either smear it, (really) over-do it, or remove it.
Thank you for your observation ,
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Tinderbox5 years ago
you could have gone with 'realism', but 'realisticity' carries much more charm! :P
nerfer1925 years ago
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.
BlackDidThis (author)  nerfer1925 years ago
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.
BlackDidThis (author)  BlackDidThis5 years ago
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 metal
Amazing instructable. Very detailed and the final results are very believable. Best scar effect I have ever seen. Two thumbs up.
Kiteman5 years ago
That is a brilliant effect. Are you going to enter it into the Hallowe'en contest?

As an aside, superglue (cyanoacrylate glue) should be skin-friendly, since doctors use it to glue wounds together that won't stitch.
BlackDidThis (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Wait.. now that you mention it... you are so right! (First Instructable :(.. must be the excitement factor to do the responsible thing)

In fact they were the field "band-aid" used in battlefields. How did that ever slip my mind. Thanks for the heads up. I'll add it in an edit.

And yes I have added it to the contest.
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.

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.

OH and Medical grade stuff doesnt smell bad =P
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.
Calorie Kiteman5 years ago
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&Q or Home Depot.

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.
Actually, superglue is very skin friendly, as it's usually the main ingredient in liquid bandages!
You're good
pls5 years ago
that looks real.
chew socks5 years ago
This is wicked sweet....the day after I saw this I rode my bike down to the Home Depot and picked me up some super glue. The only difference is that instead of using thread I took staples from a staple gun and cut off the points and glued across the "cut". As it turns out having the staples across the "cut" provides extra stability and keeps the seam of the "cut" from coming apart. Then after dinner (not actually that uncomfortable...it was on my hand) I made my mom drive me to the store to pick up some acetone so I could take it off :) I will definatly use this for halloween! Thanks
BlackDidThis (author) 5 years ago
Thank you ALL for the VERY kind words and support., as well as the important disclaimers and clever advises along the way: It means a lot.
I am so sorry to not be able to refer to each comment individually.
Please accept my gratitude such.

As for the so many things said for the glue and remover:
I would strongly advise everyone to read through the comments posted here. They are mostly from pretty wise folk that know their stuff.

This Instructable is not intended to find the best binder, but to show an option to what you can do with one that you have.
In this perspective I believe it would be wise for you to take it as reference but not as a bible. It is far from perfect and lacks needed investigation or background for all the chemicals involved. Once again please care to read the rest of the comments where the subject is well explained by a dear few, or at least care to do a search on the web or ask your doctor.

BTW:
piratemonkey has pointed out an important thing that I have missed while editing;
For those using the metric units; the measurements to cut the thread is suppose to be half the amount written til this post. I shall fix it now.
I would advise you understand what the length is meant for and cut or knot them to your preference.

Thank you all again SO MUCH

Black
FYI: one centimeter == approx 1/2 inch, not 1/5 as noted in the text.

1 in = 2.4 cm

Great instructable, BTW! Looking forward to more from you!
BlackDidThis (author)  piratemonkey5 years ago
Thank you for the kind words;
The edtorial staff was very motivating from the minute I published it, even if it was standardfised "robot" texts. And I am planning for a few more as soon as I have the time for it.

The conversion; You have a point there...

The funny thing is that the inch measurements were the right ones :( the metric units were double the needed amount. I forgot to put "half before "a centimeter". And then just wrote the half of it in the next. I guess I was tired. Thank you for pointing it out.
(I hope those that read it to date preferred to use common sense to what it looks like. Sorry for the inconinience)
your cool
timberW5 years ago
Nice piece! I would be less worried with super (CA) glue than rubber cement. The methyl solvent in most commercial CA glue can be a bit nasty, but not nearly as nasty as what the solvent in rubber cement (benzene, for example). CA glue with other solvents (e.g. ethyl or octyl) are used for wound closure. The CA adhesive material is largely inert, and it is not known to be a be a carcinogen (unlike solvent in rubber cement). You do have to take care not to apply it to a damp surface or in large quantities as the polymerization can produce a lot of heat. All this said, I agree with the comments from Make, spirit gum is likely the best choice. Or, maybe a liquid bandage, which is easy to get, though it will come off more slowly.
junits155 years ago
cool
This really does look great =].
nice instructable too =].
chew socks5 years ago
When i saw the first slide for this instructable i thought it was how to give yourself actual stitches.....Nice job.
eskimojo5 years ago
If you can manage it, I think a good effect would be to glue points, instead of a line. What this could do is make jagged edges as well as pockets in which you could inject fake blood into and then secrete by pushing out. Gross, yes, realistic, maybe I haven't tried this yet.
A.C.E.5 years ago
acetone is not dangerous unless you inhale fumes, drink it, allow it to get near your eyes, or light it on fire. the fumes are heavier than air and if used indoors without proper ventilation they will go downstairs or into a garage or something and become a timebomb.. i always use outside with a slight breeze.
patdoherty5 years ago
I thought this was awesome i wish i had some glue so i could do it right now
Wasnt too long, pretty good instructable.
The skin fold really adds to the effect, nice job!
mweston5 years ago
Great addon for a halloween costume! Looks very realistic as well
This looks really good. I'm off to find my super glue.
holy crappage this is sweet
CarpetGnome5 years ago
That actually looks more realistic than what is used in many movies these days, Great idea and great Intructable.
JellyWoo5 years ago
cool, very nice.
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