How to Make Ballistic Gel : the 15 Minute Way

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If there is one important material for evil geniuses, it's ballistic gel. This gel is the perfect copy of human flesh. It has the exact same weight, resistance, everything. Its easy to make, can be made in 45 minutes (counting refrigeration), and is great for testing guns. Ballistic gel is 100% gelatin, the same white stuff used for candy. Myth busters use this often for gun shoot tests. This isn't the myth busters recipe but an easier version.

Step 1: What You Need

 You need almost nothing for this project :
-sheets of gelatin x8
-small spoon x1
-scissors x1
-cup x1
You can't see my gelatin but in the bottom center .

Step 2: Making the Mix

 First, cut the gelatin up into the cup. It should fill the hole cup to the top with gelatin. Then pour some cold water in the cup and stir your gelatin till it dissolves. then pour the cold water out and put some water in. Continue stirring till your gel totally melted. Put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. 

Step 3: Finishing Touches

 After 30 minutes, take out your cup of the freezer. Pour some hot water in the cup and swish it around
for about 30 seconds. Pour the hot water out right away. Take your spoon that you stirred with and use it to ply the ballistic gel out of the cup. You have now your very own ballistic gel . 



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    10 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

     They do that on myth-busters by actually casting the ballistics gel around a human skeleton.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    theres a plastic composite that zombie go boom use for testing weapons on skulls thats 99% as hard as bone as close as they can get...there are some woods that simulate human bone look at the mythbusters buster remake or something were they remake the testing dummy to have human like articulation and wood bones the same strength as human ones :D its very interesting

     I just found out that if you let your ballistic gel dry out it will become very hard, so just make yyour ballistic gel in the shape you want, let it hardin and put another layer of ballistic gel on top of your "bone" .


    7 years ago on Step 3

    it is not ballistic gel yet. you have to melt it after being in the fridge (which by the way you have to refrigerate it for 3 hours, not 30 minutes. then you have to put it back in the fridge for 24 hours to bloom. look up what blooming is with ballistic gel if you do not know what it is.

    this way of making it is totally off. try making it the right way and your way then compare them to see what i mean.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    p.s. you also have to use knox unflavored gelatin mix. the ratio is 1oz mix per 1 cup water.