Introduction: Scab

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how to make a scab - this is an important step to take if you hurt yourself while making something or on something you made.

Step 1: Get Something to Hurt Yourself On!

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I recommend getting a new bike with clipless pedals, but suit yourself. powertools would work well too.

Step 2: Get Hurt.

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a scrape works best for maximum surface area. cuts are ok too. I discourage puncture wounds.

Step 3: Wait a While.

you should wait a while. some people recommend bandaids or ointment. I don't. you can use soap if you are dirty.

Step 4: Have a Scab.

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you will grow a scab unless there is something wrong with you. if you don't you should see a doctor. don't pick at it.


knexinventer made it! (author)2014-07-26

I hit it on a rock while swimming in Folsom lake.

AshleighLm (author)2012-09-05

Gosh! Were you bored? That is soo funny!

Father Christmas (author)2009-08-05

That wasnt a scab. that was a sock!

bounty1012 (author)2009-02-15


iLikeCoolStuf (author)bounty10122009-05-28

Yea you're right LOL!

shooby (author)2008-09-12

The best way to heal a wound is to let your dog lick it. They like the taste of blood, and their saliva and its contents are great for killing germs.

TwistedParadox (author)shooby2009-04-19

Human saliva is a good disinfectant for wounds

shooby (author)TwistedParadox2009-04-19

Right. Dog saliva is better.

hatae55 (author)shooby2008-09-12

uh yeah... they also dont brush their teeth but do lick s***

Kaiven (author)hatae552008-10-28

And dog mouths are filled with bacteria and diseases that can eat your flesh... really, it's happened.

bounty1012 (author)Kaiven2009-02-15

But dogs mouths are cleaner than humans :P

jschmadeke4life (author)Kaiven2008-12-16

One time a dog licked me on my arm and it was eaten away by these flesh eating bacteria. Now I'm typing with one hand.

bounty1012 (author)hatae552009-02-15

they do lick other things.... like themsevles

pongo7 (author)hatae552008-11-29

my mom takes my dog to the groomer and they brush my dog's teeth =P

The Jamalam (author)2009-04-19

How to get a scab! 5 stars dude I never knew you could do that! wow, this is amazing! I have to show this to all of my friends! Thank you so much!

xACIDITYx (author)2008-06-21

Oh my Flying Spaghetti Monster.

tallfuzzyone (author)xACIDITYx2008-12-11


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Camisado (author)2008-09-28

Cool. 5 stars and faved.

brian250 (author)2008-07-14

if you do graze yourself and you want it to heal super fast with less scaring.Wash wound put a spider web on the wound [minus the spider]then sprinkle black pepper on the wound and a scab will form instantly.

killer wj (author)2008-07-13

Hello! Mister mentally-different, sexually-different person who loves to chop off human heads and set fire!

Lithium Rain (author)2008-06-21

Um...this seems to be about self injury. This is a first for me to say, but this instructable is absolutely worthless.

coolz (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-23

there's a first for everything, milady

coolz (author)2008-06-23

god who would want to hurt themselves? thats crazy

wjbeaty (author)2005-11-18

Hey, I thought this would be about that secret electronics/machine shop technique of how to repair your damaged skin by creating instant scabs! Use a bunch of superglue (stings a bit) and cover with a piece of clean paper. Optionally put a bit of tape or cellophane on your palm to prevent it sticking, then apply pressure to the glue/paper. It hardens in seconds. Then snip away the excess paper with diagonal cutters. Note that cyanoacrylate glue was created as field surgical adhesive for the Vietnam War.

dv0r4k (author)wjbeaty2006-07-31

just thought i add that even thou superglue may join small cut it is an urban legend that it was develeps for that purpose during the vietnam war for that matter most of the legends state ww2, it was discovered in ww2 in 1942 when looking for a sythetic replacement for silk to use in gun sights but was not used because it stuck to everything in the machine. they were first sold as a glue in 1958

Liquidhypnotic (author)dv0r4k2008-06-02

This comment is unreadable.

pyro13 (author)2008-02-17

mhm. i like it!

jakee117 (author)2007-09-05


oinkoinkzoopals (author)2007-08-21

how is this an instructable????

toogood (author)2007-06-05


fionaleigh (author)2007-05-07

this isn't instructing anyone how to make a scab...this is how to injure yourself....? scabs are natural occurrences, not things made by some loser on instructables...

Choose a Username (author)2007-03-27

why the hell would you even post an instructable on

usuck (author)2007-02-28

or u could just be smart a not start bleeding in the first place, its painful u know.

graphak (author)2006-08-21

a hunter in the woods once saved his own life after accidentally shooting himself. To stop the bleeding he held his cigarettes to the wound, the chemicals helped his blood coagulate much faster. If you have a bloody nose, try smokin one and exhaling through your nose to make it stop faster.

Kaedryl (author)graphak2006-09-01

While this works, it's not for the reasons you state. Nicotine is a vasoconstrive agent. When you apply to blood vessels, they contract, and would account for the story. However, they also do the same thing in your body, one of the reasons smoking is unhealthy...especially after a surgery

lunchweek (author)2006-07-08

cool (:

Prometheus (author)2006-05-22

Easy field bandage: Unscented/unpigmented layer of toilet paper The fbrious nature of the mighty throne stationary is exactly what your coagulated blood is trying to do. allow the paper to be the scab and it will stop the fluid loss in scrapes and abrasions. Cyanacrylate was used for stiches, not to cover wounds. For something like a puncture wound, you would use it to hold the wound closed. It does not apply for scrapes and such. Just make sure you don't glue you to yourself or it may complicate matters a bit 0_o

Coffee bean (author)2006-03-31

Say it with me EMO

Moogle (author)2006-03-18

Careful with that superglue. It's a bit toxic. It's best for small cuts where you can pinch the skin closed, rather than covering an open would with it. There are newer cousins of cryanoacrylate that are specifically for wounds and are not toxic. The human-grade medical stuff is hard to come by I've heard, but there's also animal grade that should be easier to get ahold of. Ask your vet. Also, the medical glue is stretchier than regular superglue, so it'll be a bit more comfortable and resiliant. You can get spray-on bandage at any drugstore or grocery pharmacy now anyway. I haven't tried it but I imagine it's probably not as effective, but probably a better idea for regular use. If it's an emergency, the superglue will do in a pinch, tho.

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Diablo (author)2005-12-09

Good info wjbeaty. Thanks! You added something useful to this pointless instructable.

audra (author)2005-09-09

don't forget to flick what you pick. this applies to other body secretions that harden.

saul (author)2005-08-22

surely if you wish to convert your scab into those most prized social markers, scars, you should pick at it no?

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