Special FX FAKE BBQ'd Human Fingers ("lady Fingers" for a Zombie Dinner Party)

Introduction: Special FX FAKE BBQ'd Human Fingers ("lady Fingers" for a Zombie Dinner Party)

About: My girlfriend and I run a company called Deville's Workshop in Toronto, Canada. We build weird props for film and television and love this website - such a great resource for inspiration and discussion!
Some time ago we did a job for a zombie tv show; they asked us to make a heaping serving of BBQ'd "lady fingers" so that a family of zombies could chow down at the dinner table. The requirements were that the fingers looked real, that the "skin" would tear away (like rubbery chicken skin) to reveal knuckle bones and that it would be food safe for the actors. For the life of me I cannot find the process photos but I did stumble across the final product photos, plus the uber dorky video I sent to the art director to show how the fingers worked. I didn't build these; Tina and special fx superstar James VDK took the job on, but I thought I'd show y'all how they turned out.

A quick overview of what you're looking at:

  1.     These are cast from Tina's dainty digits.
  2.     Once they had a mold of her fingers, James and Tina shaved away and sculpted them to look like bones.
  3.     They then made a mold of the bones and cast them in a beauty salon nail polish acrylic resin.
  4.     The bones were inserted into the silicone finger molds and, in essence, acted like popsicle sticks.
  5.     The "flesh" for the fingers is made from a tinted, benign silicone, very similar to breast implant silicone.
  6.     Fingernails are added by forming them out of rice paper and sticking them on.
  7.     The burnt BBQ'd look comes from blackstrap molasses, which they painted on and then scorched with a blow torch.
  8.     And that's it! Throw it in a fancy package and send it to set!!
As a joke we put them in a party platter container when we gave them to the production company. We also sent along a customized blackstrap dish in case they needed to add more while they were filming. Very groddy, and for a while I kept finding fingers around the shop (these in turn are hilarious to leave on top of the table saw for your fellow shopmates).

Hope you enjoyed! I've posted some of our other builds on Instructables, including this one where we got to build a life-sized town and then blow it up! Cheers,


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    7 years ago on Introduction

    That is bluntly awesome. Congrats on doing such a good job with this.