Applying prosthetic pieces
Our gelatine pieces are sent in a plastic bag that has been lightly powdered to prevent the prosthetic/s sticking. The power should be gently wiped away before applying, using either a baby wipe or cold water.
Gently pull away the feathered uneven edges if required (do not cut with scissors) so that the piece fits the area it is being applied to. When using pieces that are to be applied around the mouth and eyes, we usually leave a thin feathered layer that you should remove before applying or use our blender to melt the edges. Thicker parts can be cut with scissors, especially on our zombie jaw. The thicker the gelatine, the more blending will be required.
(Please note that our larger prosthetic pieces are sent out with a thin layer of gelatine around parts that fit over the mouth or eyes. This allows you to tear them so that they’ll fit the area you’re applying them to. All faces are different sizes so we prefer to send out the pieces like this)
Always perform a skin test before using adhesive. If the skin becomes red and/or itchy, the person may be allergic to the adhesive or latex you are applying.
Gently coat the back of the piece with fake-up adhesive and let it dry (until clear). Coat an area of skin where you wish to place the prosthetic and let this dry (until clear). You can then place the prosthetic on the skin and gently push it into place from the middle outwards. To blend away the edges, using the gelatine blender on a cotton bud, gently wiping away and dissolving the edges until you have a feathered blend to the skin. You can also blend the edges even more using fake-up adhesive around the edges.
You can unstick edges by using 99.9% alcohol, which deactivates the adhesive. Once the alcohol evaporates, you can reapply the prosthetic piece without having to apply more fake-up adhesive. This will not work if you’re using latex to apply the piece.
Removing the prosthetic
Use either gelatine blender or warm soap and water to remove the prosthetic. Witch hazel also works quite well and there are a number of make-up removers on the market that can speed up the process.
Larger prosthetic pieces, if carefully removed, can be reused, however our smaller pieces are created for one time use only. Gelatine prosthetics can be remelted and recast. Please see our website for details.
Colouring the prosthetics
If you do not have alcohol activated paints, you can use cream paints to colour the pieces, but the effect will not be as good. We make and blend
our gelatine so that it requires the minimum of painting and just adding fake blood will usually offer up a great effect.
Our gelatine is created using Vegatable Glycerine, Sorbitol, 300 Bloom Pork Gelatine, Acrylic colouring, Zinc Oxide and Flocking. All batches are tested
before being sent out to the customer to ensure they are skin safe.
Most of our silicone prosthetics come with a silicone band that will help you adjust and fix the piece in place. Once applied, this can be removed
using 99% acetone. They are created using softened Gel 10, encapsulated in cap plastic, with pigment colouring and flocking. Apply the piece
using fake-up adhesive, pros-aide or similar. The feathered edges can then be melted away using 99% acetone. Silicone prosthetics can be
coloured using alcohol activated paints silicone paints or silicone pigments.
We can also colour the piece for you at an additonal cost using silicone and alcohol activated paints.
What's best for me?
A lot of this depends on your budget and what you intend to use the prosthetic for. Gelatine is the cheaper option, but will melt under strong heat and can be damaged if you're not careful with it. It does have the advantage that it can be melted down and remoulded. Silicone is more expensive, but much more hard wearing. It also looks slightly more realistic than gelatine when coloured correctly. Gelatine needs to be kept in a cool dry place or it may melt or absorb any moisture in the air. If in doubt, contact us and we'll be happy to advise you.