How to Make Liquid Latex Alternatives

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Liquid latex is an easy-to-use medium for creating theatrical special effects. The product commonly is applied in skin prosthetics and used to resemble fake scars, warts and burns. If you or an actor you are working has an allergy to latex, you can use gelatin to create many of the same effects. Used by professional performers, gelatin is a safe, effective and inexpensive alternative to liquid latex.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Small saucepan
  • Envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • Burner
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring
Liquid latex will permanently hold onto porous products when cured.
Liquid latex will permanently hold onto porous products when cured.

Step 1

Pour 1/4 cup cold water into a saucepan.

Saucepan and cold water
Saucepan and cold water

Step 2

Sprinkle gelatin into the water and wait for one minute.

Add gelatin
Add gelatin

Step 3

Turn on a burner to low heat and use a spoon to stir the solution until the gelatin dissolves.

Low heat under saucepan
Low heat under saucepan

Step 4

Add food coloring to the mix to create a bloody or discolored effect. If you want a flesh-toned effect, do not add food coloring.

A dab of food coloring
A dab of food coloring

Step 5

Wait for the gelatin mixture to cool.

The final product
The final product

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Tips & Warnings

  • Gelatin effects can melt in high heat.

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