The tongue is one of the most important sensory organs in the human body. It helps you determine the taste and temperature of foods and beverages, aids in cleaning the teeth, and is critical to phonetic articulation. Making a fake tongue can be a fun project, whether it’s part of a Halloween costume, a movie prop, or simply a gag to freak out your friends. However, to do so, you must have several special effects products and a little bit of patience.
Things You'll Need
- ½ cup liquid latex
- 4 to 5 large cotton balls
- Glass tray
- Stipple sponge
- Popsicle stick
- Castor sealer
- Matte foundation
- Flesh-colored cream makeup
- Angled makeup brush
- Makeup sealer spray
Pour ½ cup of flesh-colored liquid latex into a plastic bowl.
Dip five large cotton balls into the liquid latex together. Make sure all the cotton balls are coated with the latex. Work the cotton balls together so they create one large cotton ball. They should stick together easily. Then, using your fingers, work the cotton balls into the shape of a tongue.
Remove the now-soaked cotton balls from latex, and place them on a glass tray. Do not place the cotton balls onto a paper plate or any other surface, as the latex may bond with the surface, which will make it difficult to remove once it has dried.
Add details to the latex tongue using a toothpick and a stipple sponge while the latex is still wet. Draw a line down the middle of the tongue and press a stipple sponge into the top portion of the tongue to create a realistic texture.
Insert a popsicle stick into the back end of the tongue if you’re going to place the fake tongue in your mouth. If the tongue will not be placed in a mouth, you do not need to insert the popsicle stick.
Allow the latex to dry for 45 minutes. Monitor the drying process. If the details you added are fading, redo them, but work quickly to prevent the latex from pulling away from the cotton balls. Paint the dried latex with a castor sealer for makeup application.
Cover the tongue with a light-colored matte foundation. You may use any foundation, but make sure the foundation is lighter than the color of a tongue.
Cover the foundation with a thin layer of castor sealer to prepare the tongue surface for further makeup.
Paint the fake tongue using a cream flesh-colored makeup. Apply the makeup using an angled brush to ensure the entire tongue is covered. If you are unsure of the colors to use, use the color of your own tongue as a guideline.
Spray the tongue with a makeup sealer. This ensures the makeup does not smudge while handling.
Tips & Warnings
- You may use modeling wax instead of latex. If you decide to use wax, you do not need cotton balls. Mold the wax into the shape of a tongue, and then continue by sealing the wax with castor sealer.
- Expedite the drying process by pointing a blow dryer at the latex tongue, and turn on low.
- Remove liquid latex from your body by washing those areas in warm, soapy water. Gently massage the latex with your hands or a scrubber until it loosens, then peel it off your skin. Rinse those body parts off with warm water once the latex is removed.
- If you are allergic to latex, wear protective gloves when handling to prevent a reaction.
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