Hello again everyone - this is a follow up tutorial for my Zombie makeup tutorial . http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320857.0
I wanted to do an update and give you some more ideas to create scary zombies for your next Halloween event ! This tutorial can help you create any type of prosthetic uses for: face, arm, hands, feet, legs, etc. This project will range in the $30 price range. (but the left over of your materials can create many additional molds depending on the sizes!)
How to create your own prosthetic molds !!!
1. DAP Plaster of Paris ( at any home improvement store) $7.00
2. Oil based clay - sulfur free (I use Natural Plastalina Modeling Clay ) which I get at http://www.brickintheyard.com/
you can pick up oil based clay at your local arts and craft supply store .
3. Vaseline ($1)
4. Sculpting tools ($5-10 - I already own these but you can also use items you find around your home - spatula,straws, toothpick, etc.)
5. Chip brushes 4 ($ .50-$1/each)
6. Plastic Solo Cup or mixing container (free or up to $1)
7. Wood board to work on - and cover work station in plastic sheeting -maybe some for yourself ! You may get dirty !!! ($5)
8. (OPTIONAL: depending on what you are trying to build - use pre-made/ store bought prosthetic head, custom head cast, arm cast, leg cast ,etc. to sculpt on top of !! (maybe I'll do a tutorial on making head cast / leg cast, etc. if enough people are interested !)Step 1
Prep your work station - apply plastic sheeting to a piece of wood.
Place your clay down in center of board (In this tutorial I will be using an old beauty school head !)
So I will place my head cast in center of board to work on . Step 2
Begin sculpting clay into whatever desired shape you want ( here I am sculpting a torn away face/ mouth piece) Oil based clay does not dry out so I can leave it exposed !Step 3
After sculpting, I use a chip brush and cotton swab to apply vaseline around entire clay piece and carefully on top of sculpted piece. ( this is your mold release - no vaseline - use a personal lubricant (like KY) this works also. Step 4
~Mix plaster and water together in a plastic container (large solo cup works well) pour water into cup up to second line (line 2nd closest to bottom of cup) approx. 5 oz.
~Pour plaster slowly into cup until the water disappears and the plaster forms what looks like a island. Mix together with chip brush. (Make sure the consistency is very thick - brownie batter) Otherwise the plaster will fall off your mold- if you are struggling you can use clay to create a barrier around the sculpted area (where I've placed the blue painters tape) to prevent spillage ! Step 5
Using a chip brush, apply plaster on top of sculpted clay .Step 6
Let the plaster dry - approx 1 hour -6 hours (more time for larger plaster areas)Step 7
Carefully remove the plaster from clay sculpt. Wiggling the mold in many directions helps release mold.Step 8
Carefully clean out any bits of clay stuck in your new mold - use 99% alcohol to help loosen/dissolve clay and clean mold with a toothpick.Step 9
Ready for use !!!
You can pour latex, gelatin,or skin-safe/ready silicone right into the mold !PROSTHETIC GELATIN RECIPE
4tbsp - Glycerine (find in first aid section)
4tbsp- Knox Unflavored Gelatin (about 4 pkgs.) - find in the same section as jello.
4tbsp - water
*4 drops - green food color * 2 drops - yellow food color (creepy zombie skin color)
*5 drops- red food coloring *2 drops -blue food coloring (to create bloody color)
Put into microwavable safe container (glass bowl) - heat in intervals of 7 seconds until all contents are melted and then mix with a Popsicle stick.
BE CAREFUL - IT WILL BE HOT !!!! Please let cool down and test before applying to bare skin.
Using popsicle stick spread into any mold -place in fridge and let set up in minutes!
This gel can be dissolved in hot water to remove (especially for hair) or to reactivate. Apply to skin with hot water or heated gelatin, spirit gum, latex, etc.
Don't forget to powder both sides of gelatin or latex ( they will be sticky and stick to themselves and you will have to start over
.... latex throw out but you can reuse the gelatin - just throw back into microwave)
Gelatin is an animal by-product it does need to be refrigerated if you want to save some for later !!! I pour the remainder of the gel into a cheap ice cube tray and leave in fridge! Plus, it makes for great size for storage!
My Original design for our "Homage to Thriller Photoshoot"
My final look!
Final Cast Shot !