Geeking Out On 3rd Degree Silicone & Collodion!

Tonight at Fright Town we had a good night considering it was a Sunday. The lines were full, and the characters made it out on time, looking fabulous as usual! Since my co-worker and I had some time to kill until makeup removal time, we decided to bust open the “do not use” fun supplies the boss-man teases us with. 3rd Degree silicone A/B is wonderful stuff for build ups instead of latex any day, but not at all economically practical for a haunt attraction. Which is why we don’t use it, but heck if I’m going to let it sit there and not get to come out and play!


I used the silicone which is a 2 part mixture to create a raised and opened scratch wound, with blistered infected skin. First you hit the area to be applied with a primer before you begin laying down your silicone, to give it a better adhesion. The silicone misted with 99% alcohol and alcohol dipped paint brush gives you ample working time to get a quick and effective effect for small injury simulation. I then painted it with European Body Art alcohol based makeup, using multiple colors in light washes to achieve variations in my skin tones. I love using the silicone because it does not require skin tone matching when painting the actor, since the silicone has a transparency allowing the natural skin tone through. At which point you only have to concentrate on detailing, which is always the fun part we usually jump ahead of ourselves on occasionally when painting.

The small circular burn was my attempt at a post cigarette burn scar, using Collodion for the first time. This stuff is amazing! The more layers you lay down the deeper the skin shrinks. This is great for deep old scars, burn holes, chemical burns, scabs, you name it! It can be removed with acetone, or nail polish remover. The burn I created was done with 3 layers of Collodion, and painted with alcohol based paint as well. As you can see both methods come out quite clean, and effective for those scenes that require less blood and carnage!

If you attempt any of the products I post about, I would love to see pictures of your creations, and would gladly post them here!

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