Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam

prosthetic makeup test

I hadn't received my shipment from Smooth-On yet. I ordered the silicone prosthetic adhesive from them, since I don't have any, as well as a blood pigment. The order should have been here by now, so I called.

Due to a computer glitch, they hadn't sent it yet.

I need it here by Tuesday. Panic, panic, panic.

They're very apologetic, and are shipping it out today, second day air. It should be here by Tuesday, but I can't count on it, so I had to come up with a backup plan. A standby adhesive that's stronger than the Ben Nye prosthetic adhesive or spirit gum, something skin-safe that will stick to silicone. There used to be this stuff called Pros-Aid that you could get, but it's expensive and only available in Europe & Canada now. There is also a medical prosthetic adhesive available, but expensive and difficult to find, generally requiring a prescription.

Necessity being the mother of invention, I came up with another idea. Since this is only the second time I've worked with the silicone, I needed to do some tests.

This is a quick-and-dirty piece that was a leftover from the pour for the slashed throat piece from "Dead Space":

The color blending isn't ideal; I was trying different colors and techniques.

I glued it on last night. I wanted to see how well it held up overnight. It's not an actual sculpted prosthetic, it's just a piece that I cut out of an overpour, but I just needed to test the standby adhesive and try some makeup overlays. Only one side had feathered edges, the other was a straight razor cut. I was surprised that I was able to get the straight cut edge blended as well as I did. And it was still glued down this morning. z

The cool news is that my backup adhesive not only works, it works better than any adhesive I've tried before. It blends edges perfectly, adheres well to silicone, dries quickly, and holds up to sweat. It's really reminiscent of the old Pros-Aid, and it's readily available. It's now become my prime prosthetic adhesive.

I was also able to repair the heads enough to be useful. I need to do some smoothing and sealing, but I should be able to start sculpting tomorrow.
Tags: makeup, sfx

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