How to Make Fake Skin Out of Gelatin

Gelatin is not just made for recipes anymore. The jelly-like ingredient may be used for costumes and movie makeup. If you're looking to create a horrifying yet realistic costume this Halloween, or if you're trying to create a terrifying character for your next short film, be sure that you have a packet of gelatin to transform a face.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1/2 cup liquid glycerin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Plastic spoon
  • Acrylic paint (various colors)
  • Paint brush
  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil
  • Ceramic or glass cooking tray
  • Spirit gum

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Combine powdered gelatin, glycerin and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix well.

Microwave for 30 seconds for half a cup of gelatin. If you're unsure of how long to microwave, heat it up in 15-second intervals until the gelatin is liquid.

Stir with a plastic spoon until all lumps are broken down. Pour the gelatin mixture into a separate container.

Place the container on a bowl of ice and allow it to chill for at least 30 minutes. Once the gelatin has chilled, remove it from the ice.

Cut out sheets of the gelatin to create fake skin, such as wounds, burns or gashes, or even to modify facial features.

Experiment with acrylic paints to achieve the desired color for the skin. Using a small paint brush, apply paint to the gelatin in short strokes. Allow the paint to dry.

Attach the skin to your body using Spirit gum. To remove, use Spirit gum remover or baby oil.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid overheating the gelatin. Overheated gelatin is relatively useless; it crumbles and falls apart.
  • Never prepare or handle hot gelatin without eye and hand protection. Hot gelatin is capable of causing third-degree burns and even blindness if it comes into contact with eyes.


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