Alchemy, the transformation of turning one
substance into another through science and magick. The ultimate
search for the philosopher's stone that would change lead and other
base metals into gold.
Blood is thicker than Water
Fake Blood Recipe: This recipe works well for Stage
and Screen FX.
In an old mixing bowl mix:
1 cup of Karo or maple syrup
1 tablespoon of red food coloring
1 teaspoon of yellow food coloring
1 tablespoon of water
The look of the blood can be changed by adding:
1 teaspoonp of blue food coloring
1 teaspoon of green food coloring
Oatmeal as needed for texture
Rope, Climbing, Tight Weave
Red and Black Acrylic Paint
Suspend Rope from ceiling and anchor to floor. It
is easier to paint the rope if it is taut. In the Large Bowl, mix a
teaspoon or Red Acrylic Paint with as much Latex as needed to paint
the rope. Paint the rope all over with a good few layers of the
latex. Be generous with the latex as the end product will look a lot
better this way. Let the rope dry, it should look like a red rubber
thick cord. When you are filming the scene, add Gel Blood all over
the rope nice and thick!
Note: The paint must be acrylic; anything else will
ruin the latex. Liquitex acrylic paints work well and can be found in
Wal-Mart or hobby/craft stores
NOTE: Colored Latex dries much darker than it looks
when its mixed, so remember this when coloring and adding paint. When
painting it on the rope, use an old brush, as latex will ruin the
brush after one use. NEVER get latex on your clothes, it will never
Gelatin (Available in most supermarkets)
(Available in some
drug stores and most FX Supply houses)
(Available in most drug stores)
Oxide (Available in most drug stores)
(if desired) (Available
drug stores and most FX Supply houses)
The weights are different but the volumes are actually the same on
all 3 ingredients.
grams 1/8th cup Glycerin
grams 1/8th cup Sorbitol
grams 1/8th cup Gelatin
gram ½ tsp. Zinc Oxide
to desired effect, about ½ tsp. or less if mixing colors.
Pigment in your choice of flesh color. (You can also use cake makeup
- ground up fine)
microwave safe bowl mix most of the Sorbitol and Glycerin. Leave a
small amount of the Sorbitol out so you can mix the Zinc Oxide into
it before adding it all together. Slowly add the Gelatin to the
Sorbitol and glycerin mixture. Then add in the Zinc Oxide mixed in
the small amount of Sorbitol and some flocking. If you are adding
flesh pigment or red blood pigment (you can use any color) mix the
pigment into a small amount of Sorbitol before adding to the batch.
Microwaves vary in heating abilities. Heat it in the microwave for 15
seconds then 15 seconds more. Watch it closely.
Be careful it doesn't bubble over the container.
Remember that you should never let the gelatin boil but just melt it.
The fibers in the gelatin are destroyed if it boils.
is HOT! If you get it on your skin it will burn you! Always wear
protective gloves, covered shoes, long trousers and protective
glasses. You can't play it too safe when working with dangerous materials.
the Gelatin is hot, pour it into the mold. Wait an hour and remove
from the mold carefully. Apply the prosthetic using prosthetic
adhesive or spirit gum, working from the center of the prosthetic
outwards. Once the prosthetic is set use a Q-tip soaked in Witch
hazel to blend the edge of the prosthetic into the skin by gently
rolling the Q-tip on the edge of the prosthetic outward. Alcohol
based tattoo inks such as Skin Illustrator or Stacolor Palettes work
well to color the prosthetic
but regular halloween makeup kits work ok if the prosthetic is only
going to be used for a short time.
Drops of black food coloring
of uncooked oatmeal or cornmeal
Tablespoon of brown and yellow liquid makeup
sandwhich bag with zip-lock technology
3 Small bowls
puff or cotton ball
Begin by breaking open the egg. Then dump each half of the egg into
the other until the egg white collects on one end and the yolk on the
other. Place each substance into separate bowls. The egg white may be
discarded, as you will not need it for this recipe.
2 drops of food coloring to the yolk and stir with the spoon. If you
find the mixture is too thick to stir, use a fork.
the brush in the egg yolk mixture and paint your face a thin, black coat.
Place the oatmeal and corn syrup into the third bowl. Stir this
mixture; you may need a fork.
Stick this mixture to the desired area of the body. You may have to
press hard to shrink the mixture. Some of the egg yolk mixture should
show through. You should now wash your hands and wait for the corn
syrup to dry.
apply the makeup over the oats by patting it on with either a powder
puff or a cotton ball, still making sure the black color underneath
grounds can serves as loose dirt.
and oatmeal make a quick and cheap zombie. Apply soda to face then oatmeal.
for zombies and dead persons.
a simple make up. Using a small brush and scurf blood (or liquid
latex), paint a strip of skin along the neck. Tap with finger
immediately after to rough up the area. Crease, fold and pinch skin
along this strip, holding it for a minute or so. The latex adheres to
itself, pulling your skin in such a way that it looks like a wound.
Paint edges with liquid latex, building up the lips of the wound in
the center until the desired depth is achieved (tear excess edges
slightly, if necessary, or adhere extra chunks-o-flesh). Cover edges
of latex in camouflage make up. Paint the inside of the wound with
red and brown greasepaint. Paint the edges pink. Stipple the edges of
the wound with bruise purple or redness. Powder the outer part of the
wound with translucent powder. Use jell blood or wound filler in the
wound (coffee granules work well). When the wound is to be presented
to the players for a scene, add congealed and flowing blood. Be
careful not to add too much blood, or the detail of the wound will be lost.
wax makeup for a bullet hole in the head The trick here is to give
the bullet hole the illusion of depth. What I did was paint the
bottom of the make-up with black and add a special mixture of 'dark
blood'. This was just a translucent blue gel toothpaste tinted darker
with red and blue food coloring. This stuff is thick enough to stay
where you apply it, and keeps a dark wet blood look.
sponges can be filled with fake blood and "palmed" for use
later. This is especially effective if a player or Keeper wants to
have the blood appear if the character clutches his arm or eye, for
example. Most magic shops sell sponge balls that are highly absorbent
and work well for this purpose.