Intro: How to Make Prosthetic Scars
YOU WANNA KNOW HOW I GOT THESE SCARS?
Through a lot of patience that's how.
Back when I was going to be the joker for Halloween (before my school banned clowns), I needed some scars. I could have gotten some modeling wax, and molded it on my face in a scarrish mannor, but the joker (Heath Ledger's not Jack Nicholson's version) has some very specific scars, which I decided would be too difficult to free hand with the wax, so I bought some liquid latex, and started a very long process, to make some tiny scars.
IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO LATEX, DON'T USE THIS METHOD
Step 1: Materials
- Liquid Latex
- Plaster gauze
- Vaseline or Olive oil
Step 2: The First of the Molds
This process uses a lot of molds so there's a fair warning on that
First I covered my face with plaster gauze. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PUT VASELINE OVER YOUR EYEBROWS AND EYELASHES, or you will probably rip them off. I let that dry, then pulled the mask off. I learned it's easiest to do so by wriggling you're face around, and scrunching it up and down, and it will unstuck. In hindsight it might have been easier to lightly coat myu face in Vaseline or olive oil, so the plaster comes off easier.
Next I coated the inside of my plaster mask with olive oil ( I didn't take a picture of this, sorry), then filled it with plaster and let that set.
I ripped the plaster gauze off of the plaster face, and took out my clay. I started out by rolling small balls of clay and putting them on the lower cheeks of my plaster face. I then crafted them into scars and let them dry.
Step 4: More Molds
Next I filled a bowl with plaster, and put my plaster face into into it (after coating the face in vasaline of course). I let that dry, and then took the face out of the dried plaster. I wiped the excess clay away from the inside of the new mold.
Step 5: Actually Making Scars.
There are two ways you could go about this:
1. Brushing layer after layer of latex onto the scar mold, and slowly building it to a sturdy enough strength to take take out or the mold
2. Angling the mold, so it's flat-ish, and then pouring a small amount of latex into the scar part of the mold.
To take the latex out of the mold, I lightly covered the latex (dried) with corn starch (I didn't have translucent powder which would have worked better), and gently grabbed the edge of it and slowly pulled it out.
It's important to cover the newly dried latex with some sort of powder or else, it will stick to itself, and make your job much more difficult.
Step 6: All Done
The best part of this way of making scars is you can mass produce a bunch of identical ones.
To apply the scars to my face, I put liquid latex on the places where I wanted them and then just pressed them on. Because I was going to cover them with face paint anyways, I didn't worry to much about making them look 100% apart of my actually face because the paint and lipstick covered most imperfections.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.