How to Make a Gel-Filled Zombie Prosthetic with Dragon Skin FX-Pro
Dragon Skin® FX-Pro is a soft, stable, high performance platinum silicone rubber specifically designed for creating silicone makeup appliances and skin effects. Dragon Skin® FX-Pro is compatible with Skin-Tite® silicone adhesive as well as medical grade pressure sensitive adhesives for adhering silicone appliances temporarily to the skin.
Soft and stretchy FX-Pro has a Shore hardness of 2A. FX-Pro can be combined with SLACKER® deadening agent to create a very soft silicone gel for filling encapsulated silicone pieces. An infinite number of color effects can be achieved by adding Silc-Pig® silicone pigments. Cured rubber can also be painted with the Psycho Paint® system.
The following gallery is an overview of creating a silicone gel filled appliance using Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® and also illustrates painting the piece using Psycho Paint® and adhering it to the actor using Skin Tite®.
1 - A positive (lifecasting) and negative mold made using Shell Shock® and Plasti-Paste® are used for casting Dragon Skin® FX-Pro
2 - Sonite® wax is applied to the negative mold.
3 - Sonite® wax is also applied to the positive.
4 - A light coat of Ease Release® 200 is applied to the negative.
5 - The Ease Release® 200 is brushed into the deep detail of the negative.
6 - A light mist coating of Ease Release ® 200 is also applied to the mold positive.
7 - The Ease Release® 200 is brushed over the surface, ensuring even coverage.
8 - Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® Part A is dispensed.
9 - An equal amount of Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® Part B is dispensed.
10 - The mix ratio of Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® is 1:1 by weight or volume.
11 - A small amount of Silc Pig® Blood pigment is dispensed.
12 - The Silc Pig® Blood pigment is combined with Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® part B.
13 - The material is thoroughly mixed.
14 - A layer of Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® is stippled on the mold positive using a disposable brush.
15 - A thin layer of Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® is also stippled on the mold negative.
16 - 50 grams of Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® Part A is weighed out..
17 - 50 grams of Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® Part B is weighed out..
18 - 100 grams of SLACKER® is weighed out.
19 - 50 grams FX-Pro® Part A 50 grams FX-Pro® Part B 100 grams SLACKER® will produce a soft silicone gel.
20 - A small amount of Silc Pig® Fleshtone pigment is dispensed.
21 - The Silc Pig® Fleshtone pigment is combined with Dragon Skin® FX-Pro® part B.
22 - All of the material components are combined.
23 - The material is thoroughly mixed.
24 - The material mixture is slowly poured into the mold in a thin stream to eliminate air bubbles.
25 - The negative mold is rotated to coat the surface evenly.
26 - The positive mold is inserted into the negative.
27 - Firm pressure is applied.
28 - Weights will maintain pressure while the silicone cures.
29 - The material is left to cure for at least 60 minutes.
30 - Talcum powder is brushed around the mold to reduce the tackiness of the silicone gel.
31 - Screwdrivers are used to slowly and carefully pry the mold open.
32 - The 2 mold halves are slowly taken apart as more talcum powder is applied.
33 - The mold positive is removed.
34 - The appliance is guided out of the negative mold using a brush and talcum powder.
35 - Excess powder is removed using warm water.
36 - The mouth, nose and eye holes are carefully trimmed using sharp scissors.
37 - The finished appliance is now ready for painting with Psycho Paint®
38 - Psycho Paint®, toluene and Silc Pig® pigments are assembled.
39 - Psycho Paint® Part A is dispensed.
40 - An equal amount of Psycho Paint® Part B is dispensed. Mix ratio is 1A:1B by weight or volume.
41 - The 2 Psycho Paint® components are combined in a large mixing cup.
42 - Toluene is added until the Psycho Paint is a brushable consistency.
43 - The toluene and Psycho Paint® components are thoroughly mixed.
44 - A small amount of Silc Pig® Blood pigment is added to a batch of clear Psycho Paint®.
45 - The bristles of a chip brush are cut down to 3/8'' (1cm) and the brush is dipped in the pigmented Psycho Paint® mixture.
46 - The paint is 'spattered' on the surface of the appliance.
47 - A small amount of Silc Pig® Blue and Black pigment is added to a batch of clear Psycho Paint®.
48 - This material is used for painting detail and shading. Additional layers of color can be built up this way.
49 - The Psycho Paint® is allowed to cure for 4 hours.
50 - After the Psycho Paint® cures, excess flashing is cut away using sharp scissors.
51 - A small amount of Skin Tite® silicone appliance adhesive is measured 1A:1B by volume.
52 - The Skin Tite® components are combined and mixed thoroughly.
53 - A thin layer of Skin Tite® is applied to the entire face.
54 - As the Skin Tite® cures, the appliances is pressed into place.
55 - More Skin Tite® is used to adhere and blend the edges of the appliance.
56 - Skin Tite® is carefully applied around the mouth area.
57 - Theatrical makeup is used to further blend the piece into the surrounding skin.
58 - The super soft gel filled FX-Pro® appliance flexes with every facial expression.
59 - During the photo shoot, the silicone piece reflects light in a very natural way.
60 - The Skin Tite® adhesive creates a very long lasting bond.
61 - To remove the piece, the appliance is gently pulled away from the skin.
62 - Skin Tite® does not encapsulate body hair. Material is easily pulled away from eyebrows, eyelashes, beards etc.
63 - The remaining Skin Tite® and makeup residue is removed using a standard makeup removal wipe.