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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / DIY : Molds for prosthetics & Recipe for Prosthetic Gelatin! (pic heavy & scary) on: September 12, 2012 11:14:12 AM
Hello again everyone - this is a follow up tutorial for my Zombie makeup tutorial . https://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 !!!

Materials List:
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/ ($3.00/ lb.)
      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 !!!  Grin
You can pour latex, gelatin,or skin-safe/ready silicone right into the mold !


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  Cry .... 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 !
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Diaper Cake, Diaper Wreath, Towel Origami - oh my - Picture heavy !! on: May 18, 2010 01:35:28 AM
Hello All ~  Smiley

So this is my first baby shower I've ever been to and I'm so happy for my girl friends new baby girl to arrive. Grin
So what can I say I got a bit carried away. Roll Eyes

All these items I made are first timers for me so I hope you enjoy !!!

Please Comments, Constructive Criticism !!!

XOXO Kelsey  

Wash cloth/sock flowers-

Diaper Cake

up close shot of sock roses

Diaper Cake with bears Huh (what do you think??)

Diaper Wreath Before

Diaper Wreath After

I feel like I'm still missing something in this wreath maybe some binkies or teething rings- we will see and ideas - or should I leave it Huh?

*I used 36 step 2 diapers (for base of cake) then 29 step 1 diapers (for tier 1 and two of cake) then 21 step 1 for the wreath*
Youtube videos helped me in the process for all items....
Hope you enjoy....
Will post final pictures from party...

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Las Vegas 10-10-10 Wedding- need help with centerpieces on: March 10, 2010 11:40:20 PM
So my fiance and I are crazy for picking such a busy date in a busy town. However, living in Vegas it only made sense to have the wedding here.

We have booked our ceremony spot and reception hall all in the same place- save on traveling for our out of town guests. All 90 of them.

The DJ, Catering, Flowers, Cake, are all included - however I'm a bit stumped for our centerpieces- they provide a fish bowl with floating candles-BORING!!!
I want something fun and exciting to add to the centerpieces -
any ideas? we have to keep the bowl - but how can i spruce it up?

Thanks ladies

our color theme is Purple, Green, and Blue (peacock colors) and the theme is vintage vegas (black cocktail attire)
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Zombie Makeup Tutorial (pic heavy and bloody!!) NEW UPDATES 2012 !!!! on: September 12, 2009 03:07:42 AM

(* CHECK BELOW FOR NEW UPDATES 9/12/2012 * ) !!!!!

Material list:
~ Liquid Latex (Ben Nye is the product I used - any liquid latex will do) around $10
~ Scissors, pointed spatula, tweezers
~ Creme Based Makeup (I used Ben Nye creme colors) (CR-1 Red, CL-19- Blue, CL-3 Green, CL-6 Goldenrod,) ( approx. $5 per color) -
                                 you can also purchase $1 creme makeup from halloween stores or the pre-made halloween kits work !
~ Artificial blood ($ 5= small quantity or $ 8= DIY large quantity* recipe below
~ Tissue Paper / toilet paper
~ "Zombie Skin/ Flesh" This came in a Halloween makeup set (*optional)
~ Sponges
~ Makeup/Paint brushes

I decided to do a green-like zombie for this tutorial to show color variances, you can choose to do more realistic and/or have decomposing skin with blueish-gray or yellow tinted..... truly it is up to you and your zombie alter ego  Roll Eyes

~Below tutorial is applied to my hand for smaller area application below if further pictures of complete zombie makeup on my face.

Step 1)
Take your liquid latex and apply thin layer to desired area.
 (disclaimer: test patch on inner arm to see if you are allergic to latex (see gelatin recipe below if allergic!)....and do not apply in heavily hairy areas or near eye)

Step 2)
Hand rip* a piece of tissue paper (1 ply toilet paper works best) when 1st layer of latex is almost dry place tissue paper on latex area.
*Ripped tissue will blend more evenly into your skin as apposed to a straight cut line.

Step 3)
Apply thicker layer of latex on top of tissue paper and first latex layer. Let dry completely !!!
~a hair dryer on low or cool setting will help speed up the drying process

Step 4)

 Carefully take scissors and make small incision marks on top of dried latex. Messy is better - too perfect and it will look fake. Roll edges for "scabby skin" effect. ( If doing this makeup on someone other than yourself - please use a pair of tweezers to pick at latex instead of cutting with scissors Wink... )

Step 5)
Mix your red and blue makeup together to create a deep Burgundy color - or you can buy a deep red color (blood red CL-14) and skip the mixing process ....with a small paint brush (makeup brush) apply into the depth of the skin cuts.

Step 6)
Apply your "skin" color on top of latex .... dab with a fully color loaded sponge - be careful not to get color into the red cuts (if so recolor the red after the skin color is on.)

Step 7)
Take your fake blood and pour slowly into the small cuts and carefully let it drip in natural direction.
I chose drying blood for the sake of my friends and costume -to prevent blood transference.

Step 8.
Apply any makeup around mouth, eyes, neck, etc. and do any touch-ups . Powder with either a neutral set powder or a similar color eyeshadow. Add any extra blood

Step 9)
Volia !! You are finished and you make a bloody good zombie !!!

*Between steps 3 and 4 you may choose to use the zombie flesh/skin (greenish color mask)... i use this in more sensitive and hairy areas ...due to the non adhesive form- it has the consistency and application of a clay mask.

Hints and Tips
~ To remove your latex creation- apply a hot wet cloth directly on latex area and allow the heat to loosen and soften latex...it should easily peel off.
~ Blood covers up over mistakes
~ There are no mistakes in zombies
~ rougher the edges the more realistic the latex will look, and will blend easier into your skin.
~ to appear more of a slimy zombie use Vaseline or glycerin *cheap alternative-regular dish soap and apply light layers on top of makeup (not around eyes!!!)
~ use powders/eyeshadows to look like a dry zombie

Mint Chocolate Blood Recipe
~ 1/2 cup Chocolate syrup, 1 cup Karo syrup, 10 drops red food coloring, 1-2 drops of blue food coloring, and some mint flavoring - makes a sweet tasting blood recipe..... beware this is edible so it needs to be refrigerated until application...then its a sticky, icky treat !!! *perfect for in your mouth look*

Thank you for checking out my first tutorial !!!

Here is the recipe I use for making prosthetic gelatin: (this is a nice cheap alternative to latex and best to use if your allergic to latex !)


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) * I used this in photo above !
*5 drops- red food coloring *2 drops -blue food coloring (to create bloody color) * I used this in photo below !

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 onto skin, hair, where ever you want - this gel can be dissolved in hot water to remove (especially for hair) or to reactivate. You can also pour this into any mold* -place in fridge and let set up in minutes!

In this photo - I used it for the blood on my zipper face costume ...

* I will be posting a new tutorial on how to make your own molds to pour gelatin/latex into! This way you can make your own inexpensive halloween prosthetics !

LINK for making your own prosthetic molds here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414177.msg4894994#msg4894994

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Ok Crafters I need your help !!! Decorators Block - Picture Heavy on: September 11, 2009 10:41:02 PM
So here is my dilemma - not really a dilemma but defiantly hitting the decorators block (or wall) no pun intended....well, heheh Tongue

So, this is for my guest bedroom which is 9x9 and quite plain, I have already painted the walls - silver gray on top black chair railing and deep purple on the bottom.

My intentions are to go with the popular damask theme (black and white) chandelier type print, etc.

my color scheme:

However....here is the dilemma I am terrified of prints and not sure what i should do.....
I'm thinking a black comforter- gray/white sheets with accent pillows (purple, silver, white) and do the damask print on picture frames and lamp shades.

Bite the bullet, and get a damask print comforter same accent pillows but what to do with the picture frames, wall art, etc??? I'm lost......

I want the room to look interesting but not confusing....but i want to make a bold statement !!!

any tips, hints, ideas, and places to buy items are completely helpful!!!
Also any tips or hints that are DIY are great too !!!!

Thanks for checking this out...... Grin
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mustache necklace (PICTURES!!) on: August 21, 2009 12:58:33 AM
I ran with the fad of the "finger mustache" and created a polymer clay mustache necklace ....
This is one of the few things I have made with my new found appreciation of the polymer clay.
Hope you enjoy- and also the beads are vintage from my great grandmothers jewelry box.

Thanks for viewing, any tips, hints, or new ideas are appreciated !!!

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / 10.10.2010 - Not your typical Las Vegas Wedding (Picture Heavy) on: August 04, 2009 12:03:34 AM
So my fiance and I just bought our house in Las Vegas, and we have been living here almost a year.
We got engaged in 2006 ...so finally our long engagement is coming to a close - still 1 year and 2 months left - so time to start planning and re-planning- YAY!!!
When I began planning in 2006- I realized I didn't want a fairy tale wedding. The "traditional" wedding is not for us. My family and my fiance's family joke of getting married by Elvis and eloping - but thats not for us either.... That's my dilemma... we want a non traditional wedding in Las Vegas- but how to successfully execute it ??!!! .... however there are aspects I still want to keep.

We are mostly paying for this by ourselves- so cost is a big issue to us.

We have debated doing it in our backyard. Wedding and Reception - pot luck style
which is looking more and more like the possibility. However, the cleaning, setting up, and "hosting" may get to me -

So I am trying to figure out what to do.........

Things I want to keep for our special day....
~ Ivory wedding dress with purple sash
~ Black Bridesmaid dresses of their choice (cocktail dresses) green, blue, purple sashes
~ Business Suits / Kilts and blue-green ties
~ Wedding cake -black and white with masks painted peacock style
~ Candy favor buffet -blue, green, purple colored candies
~ center pieces - vellum shades, silk flowers, ivy, and tea candles
**colors- peacock - green,purple, blue - and traditional black and white
** guest list 40-80 people

So any suggestions or comments will be graciously appreciated !!!!
Here are some of my ideas:
(these photos do not belong to me- these were my inspirational photos I've picked up along the way)

"center pieces" vellum shades on wedding glasses

We both work in theatre - so our cake will be theatrical - handmade mask toppers will be made by me

Fun wall- photo op -

crystal bouquets - mine will have flowers and ivy

my hair piece

our backyard- plain and ready for work !!!

Most of my wedding will be DIYed, so any DIY's are welcomed.

So once again- any tips, ideas, anything  !!!

Thank you!!!! Kelsey
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