Trials and Tribulations of Latex Wounds
After our shoot at Debbie’s Ceramics, I wanted to try my hand at fake blood and fake latex wounds for the upcoming horror film. Aundalynn wanted to work at it too, so the two of us got started. I had found links on Youtube on how to make fake blood and it seemed pretty easy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd8K-Nhmtos It required corn syrup, water, red food dye, and some cocoa. I wanted to make my own blood because I would know what was in it, and it did not sound like it would taste bad.
We mixed up the first batch and it looked OK, but it was really very runny and not what I wanted for the blood for on the wounds. Elsewhere it said that for thicker blood you could mix in corn starch as thickening. We did that only it made the blood pink looking rather than deep red. We played with it awhile, and eventually got it to looking OK. I might try to mix up some more just winging the recipe to get something that looks better.
The next thing we did was make a series of latex wounds. Again we followed instructions on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tCJ1zh-_NY They turned out quite well. I bought a bottle of liquid latex at the Spirit Halloween store. I got a big bottle because a tiny one cost half as much for much less product. After drying we touched them up with concealer makeup and Aundalynn dabbed blood colored makeup on them to make the wounds look bloody. I think they turned out quite well. I have two tiny bottles of stuff to glue it to flesh (and a couple of glue remover.) I hope they will be enough.
I shot video of the blood making process and the wound making process for the BTS in the movie, but have not edited them yet. We might give wound making another shot as well now that we know the process.
After the process I took Aundalynn home. When I got back I discovered my one little dog had gotten up on the table after a partial piece of pizza. I usually am more careful about keeping the chairs in place so he can’t get up. He had knocked the freshly made wounds onto the floor but they were not damaged or eaten. He ran and hid when I picked them off the floor. I straightened the kitchen table then walked into the living room. Oreo (the dog) had dragged a bottle of chocolate syrup off the table that we had been using in the blood making process into the living room. It was lying on its side cap off with an almost full bottle of chocolate syrup poured out on the living room carpet.
I know chocolate is bad for dogs, but really they need to eat quite a bit before it hurts them. It didn’t look like he had eaten any, just pulled the cap off. I managed to clean it with my carpet scrubber. It doesn’t look like there is any stain left where it was dumped on the floor. Dogs will be dogs I guess.
Edward Forrest Frank