Ballistic Gel

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Intro: Ballistic Gel

How do you accurately test the affect that ballistics have on a flesh like substance?

One answer to the problem is to create ballistic gel, which mimics human flesh. Another solution is to use a dead pig as their bodies are similar to humans for testing purposes. Ballistic gel is the more practical solution.

Process for original ballistics gel came from: http://www.myscienceproject.org/gelatin.html
We then altered as we saw fit and used our finished product in our own way.

Step 1: Ingredients & Setup

Start making ballistics gel by getting some knox gelatin mix as shown in the first image. You will need an 8 oz. of water per 1 oz. of powder. For any kind of practical purposes and a good starting batch I would recommend mixing 8 oz. of powder with 2 quarts of water (64 oz.). The second image shows the powder in plastic bowl. I recommend that you put the water in the container of your choice before the powder. If you do not put the water in first you will get many more lumps of powder in it.

Step 2: Mix It Up & Chill It Out!

Once the gelatin has been added to the water you must mix it with one of your hands. Break up some of the clumps of gelatin with your fingers to make sure you get a good mixture. You then put your new concoction in the refrigerator to chill and hydrate.

Step 3: Melt It Down

Once chilled and hydrated, the gelatin needs to be melted down. Setting the gelatin over a pan of water will suffice. While the gelatin is melting it should also be stirred properly to reduce the amount of air getting trapped in the gelatin.

Step 4: Mold & Chill

A mold of any kind can be used. Simply spray your container cooking spray or other non-stick solution. After setting the gelatin in a mold simply chill for thirty-six hours.

Step 5: Completion!

After chilling you have officially completed making ballistics gel. Our purpose was to use the gel for a bullet test but I am sure there are many uses others can think of!

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    Michael3679

    11 months ago

    Joes it jiggle like jello? and if it falls on the ground will it shatter or just bounce around?

    This is a serious question. Im working as a Prop Master for a Theatre Production.

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    liluglydood420Michael3679

    Reply 4 months ago

    If made correctly is should just bounce around when dropped and itdoes jiggle like jello.

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    dontcallmeplath

    Question 8 months ago on Step 5

    Does this mixture degrade in the same way jello does with exposure to heat or moisture ? Would it hold up in room temperature for an extended period of time like in a sculpture ?

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    hcowgill

    10 months ago

    I am planning to make this for a school project(7th grade)... I don't get what it means and do you need a microwave to make this. Please respond. Thx

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    Gio penguin

    11 months ago

    I make ballistic gel often as I work with lots of sharp tools (knives, axes, machetes, etc.) and I like to test them. When I make mine I still use the 1 cup of water to 1 oz of powder ratio, but I put the pot in the fridge when it is all mixed together and heated. Once this has solidified, I put the pot back on the stove and melt it again. Once this second melting is done, I then pour it into my mold (sprayed with non stick already). This then goes in the fridge until it is ready to use. Once you’re done using it, you can rinse it with cold water (so it doesn’t melt) and then remelt, and remold until next time. This second heat (in my opinion) produces a more realistic representation of flesh in that it holds together better and is less like jello.

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    rgraham3

    1 year ago

    if you are so inclined, you can find other molds to shape your gel. I found a human head mold as well as a giant gummy bear one.

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    cd41

    9 years ago on Step 5

    lol, when i see this stuff, i think, bad breast implants.... maybe thats me, but I don't know what I would use mine for, maybe a punching bag..

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    creepy0000cd41

    Reply 1 year ago

    I have little lego person ice cube trays. :)

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    spooky1300cd41

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    thinking about sex, the RealDoll uses silicon, maybe ballistic gel can do the work.

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    Phoghatspooky1300

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It will melt at body or even room temperature. When used in a ballistics test it is always used cold, as per Myth Busters.

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    heathbar64spooky1300

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, since you mentioned sex, Don't keep it around for too long. I had some gelatin made thick like this which I made a mold out of ( for casting) after it sat around for a couple months in a plastic container, it went back to liquid and smelled exactly like a used rubber that got lost under the bed for a couple weeks. Yummy!!!