Bleeding Skin Wounds

Thursday, 28 April 2011, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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There are many types of commercially available blood on the market, depending upon whether you need a higher or lower level of viscosity (chunky, thick, squirtable, or scabby), dark or bright coloring, or whether you want the blood encapsulated as a squib.  This post will teach you how to make and apply fake blood.  Now, we realize that blood is usually the frosting on the cake when it comes to special effects makeup. Although it can be an indicator of extreme injury, typically your wound will not be believable without some underlying skin bruising or obvious skin fissure.  (If you’re interested in making open wounds, we recommend you watch this video tutorial on how to use Dragon Skin.)

You may be asking, “What’s the difference between theatrical blood and home-made blood?”  The easiest answer is convenience.  Fortunately, many types of fake blood are non-toxic, mint flavored, and safe for use in the mouth.  However, if you don’t have time to purchase blood or you want to have some fun with your favorite condiments, there are lots of recipes online.

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Edible and Liquidy
Recipes Chocolate Blood
Flour Blood
Maple Syrup Blood
Peanut Butter Blood
Tomato Sauce Blood
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Edible and Congealed
Recipes BBQ Sauce Blood

Powdered Gelatin
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Useful Tools for Applying Fake Blood

The following pictures show the results of my experimentation with different application techniques using Ben Nye Thick Blood and Ben Nye Stage Blood.

Cotton Swab
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Eye Dropper
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Latex Sponge
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Sea Sponge
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Sponge Brush
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Spray Bottle
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Tongue Depressor
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