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How to Apply & Make Fake Burns

Create professional burns and nasty scars and road rash with what many retailers sell as a burn prosthetic. This product is really just plain Gelatin you can get from the grocery store. To begin you will need a few packets of plain Gelatin. The most poular brand is Knox Gelatin. NO, flavored jello will NOT work. It contains sugar and not enough gelatin.

Ingredients & Needed:

  1. Unflavored Gelatin
  2. Vegetable Oil
  3. Boiling Water (Or really hot water like coffee water)
  4. Liquid Latex

1. Mix the Gelatin - Depending on the size of the effect mix enough materials to be able to spread a even layer accross the whole surface. An adult forearm may take 1/4 of a cup of gelatin for a burn on one side. If you do not have enough you can add more hot water and then add gelatin again. More hot water will dissolve the gelatin and give you another try. Mix the gelatin until a thick cake batter consistency. Add a drop of two of oil to the mixture to keep the gelatin soft and prevent hardening.

2. Apply Gelatin - Smear the gelatin only after it has cooled enough to not burn your skin. The water will cool quickly and time is of the essence. The gelatin should be applied while hot and will cover evenly. If too thick add more water and mix until it can smear smoothly.

3. Pucker it up - Once applied keep dabbing at the surface to cause a puckered appearance. This will make it look more like a fresh wound that is scabbing. leaving it smooth makes more the appearance of a heavy scar.

3. What about the hair - You can apply the gelatin right over hair. You can also slick down your hair with it to make a burn or scar on the head. If using it over a large amount of hair you should slick down the hair ahead of time with a little water. In a later step we talk about putting Liquid Latex over the gelatin. NOTE that liquid latex should NEVER make contact with hair. It WILL NOT come out. The gelatin will dissolve in a hot shower and come out when done.

4. Liquid Latex - The gelatin will harden and get very crusty without something to keep the moisture in. The oil helps a little to keep it softw but liquid latex painted over the whole burn makes it very realistic to the touch and keeps it soft. When hair is exposed keep the liquid latex off the hair. Liquid Latex does not come off of hair. If there is no hair paint the liquid latex off the burn and a little on to the skin. Once an even coat of liquid latex is applied and dried the burn with feel realistic to the touch and you can begin with makeup.

5. Makeup - There are two main types of blood that can be used if blood is desired. "Fake Blood" is bright red and used sparingly more like a splatter. "Blood Gel" is thicker and darker red. Apply blood gel with a cotton swab and push the blood deep in the crevices. This will make the burn look 3D. If your skin is fairly white little other makeup is needed. A light dusting of a yuucky dark yellow, purple makeup with a sponge will add some realistic effects.

See our tips on applying makeup for ideas on making your prosthetic look realistic.

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