Propmaking & Special Effects

Propmaking & Special Effects

Smooth-On rubbers, plastics , foams and other materials have been used for years to bring movies, TV and stage special effects to life.

Movies that have used Smooth-On products to create spectacular special fx: Jaws, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond Series, Alien, Aliens, Saving Private Ryan, The Matrix, Harry Potter Series, X-Men Series, Lord of the Rings, Saw, Ghostbusters, The Chronicles of Narnia, Batman

TV production companies have created special effects with Smooth-On products: Star Trek; The Next Generation, The Sopranos, Dexter, Battle Star Gallactica, CSI; Miami, Nickelodeon, Myth Busters, Dirty Jobs, Saturday Night Live, MTV.

Broadway shows that use Smooth-On products to create stage props, theme effects and more: Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Stomp, Blue Man Group, The Little Mermaid, Spam-a-Lot, Beauty & The Beast

                                ...and many more productions too numerous to list!

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Make a Floral Arrangement Using Encapso® K

Make a Floral Arrangement Using Encapso® K

This video demonstrates using Smooth-On's Encapso® K to create a realistic floral display.

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Tested Presents ‑ How To Slush Cast a Prop Helmet

Tested Presents ‑ How To Slush Cast a Prop Helmet

Frank Ippolito shows you how to create a hollow resin cast of a helmet

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Make Your Own Indestructible Props Using UreCoat®

Make Your Own Indestructible Props Using UreCoat®

This video tutorial shows how to make a fake foam prop rock using carved soft foam and UreCoat® urethane coating.

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Making a Silicone Mold of a Hand Using Ecoflex® 00-35

Making a Silicone Mold of a Hand Using Ecoflex® 00-35

This lifecasting video tutorial shows how Ecoflex® 00-35 silicone can be used to lifecast a hand

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Making Impact Resistant Cosplay Props Using UreCoat®

Making Impact Resistant Cosplay Props Using UreCoat®

This video tutorial shows how to make a prop shield for theater or cosplay using pourable foam and UreCoat® urethane coating.

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How to Make Prop Swords out of Flexible Foam

How to Make Prop Swords out of Flexible Foam

Learn how production companies make prop weapons for use on stage or screen.

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How To Make a Breakaway Glass Window Pane

How To Make a Breakaway Glass Window Pane

This tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of making a large window pane suitable for using as a breakaway glass prop for stage or movie special effects.

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How to Make a Full Head Mold with Body Double®

How to Make a Full Head Mold with Body Double®

In this body casting demonstration, Body Double® silicone is used to make a full head mold

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How To Make a Urethane Rubber Mold of Prop Gun

How To Make a Urethane Rubber Mold of Prop Gun

A cavity pour style urethane rubber mold for casting prop guns.

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Creating Lightweight Theatrical Costume Armor

Creating Lightweight Theatrical Costume Armor

Andreas Moravec demonstrates a technique for creating theatrical armor using Rebound 25® silicone and Smooth Cast® resins

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Making a Star Trek Klingon Disruptor with Mold Max® Silicone and Smooth-Cast®

Making a Star Trek Klingon Disruptor with Mold Max® Silicone and Smooth-Cast®

This tutorial outlines making a mold of a replica Klingon Disruptor pistol from the Star Trek television series.

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How To Make a Breakaway Glass Bottle Prop

How To Make a Breakaway Glass Bottle Prop

Making a mold used to cast SMASH!® Plastic

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Tripel X Professional Props Uses TASK 16 to Make Props that are Absolutely Indestructible

Tripel X Professional Props Uses TASK 16 to Make Props that are Absolutely Indestructible

Tripel X Theming and Props is well known for providing hyper-realistic weapons props for several popular detective shows filmed in New York and Los Angeles.

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Making a Prop Severed Hand Using Alja Safe® Breeze®

Making a Prop Severed Hand Using Alja Safe® Breeze®

John Fennel used Smooth-On's Alja-Safe Breeze® for creating the initial clay pour for his prop.

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How To Mold a Captain America Cosplay Helmet Using Rebound 25

How To Mold a Captain America Cosplay Helmet Using Rebound 25

Justin Jotso of Jester Productions and FX's replica Captain America helmet.

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Using Encapso® K To Create a Cereal Prop

Using Encapso® K To Create a Cereal Prop

After preparing and discarding over 30 bowls of cereal in over two days, an ad agency contacted Smooth-On...

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Making a 2 Piece Silicone Mold to Cast a Police Baton Prop

Making a 2 Piece Silicone Mold to Cast a Police Baton Prop

This step-by-step tutorial shows the process of making a two-piece block mold from a police baton using Mold Max® 30 silicone rubber. It also shows how to cast a reproduction using TASK 13 semi-rigid resin.

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Creating Metallic & Glitter Effects with Cast Magic®

Creating Metallic & Glitter Effects with Cast Magic®

Cast Magic® Casting System is an easy way to add an endless variety of bright metallic, glitter and color effects to your castings.

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Moldmaking and Casting For a Woodgrain Finish

Moldmaking and Casting For a Woodgrain Finish

In this how-to, Smooth-Cast® 320 resin is cast in a Dragon Skin® silicone mold to reproduce woodgrain

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Using Styrocoat® To Make Lightweight Foam Props

Using Styrocoat® To Make Lightweight Foam Props

The Spoon Group (Rahway, NJ) is a world-renowed prop and set fabrication shop...

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Creating a Breakaway Glass Freezer Door for a Horror Film

Creating a Breakaway Glass Freezer Door for a Horror Film

Filming the horror flick Laid To Rest on the grounds of a former asylum for the criminally insane presented a host of challenges...

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Zeus Head Created with Foam iT!® 5

Zeus Head Created with Foam iT!® 5

Cast Magic® Casting System is an easy way to add an endless variety of bright metallic, glitter and color effects to your castings...

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How To Make Flexible Foam Prop Cinder Blocks

How To Make Flexible Foam Prop Cinder Blocks

The scene in Spider Man 3 called for the heroine, Mary Jane, to again be in peril...

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How To Make a Silicone Severed Head Prop

How To Make a Silicone Severed Head Prop

Shell Shock® and Plasti-Paste® can be used to make a strong, inexpensive mold which can be used for casting silicones.

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Making a Prop Rattlesnake Using Dragon Skin® Silicone

Making a Prop Rattlesnake Using Dragon Skin® Silicone

On a recent job, Blair Benjamin needed to reproduce a rattlesnake for an independent film project.

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Two Piece Silicone Mold of a Knife

Two Piece Silicone Mold of a Knife

We demonstrate using Mold Star 30 silicone, a platinum silicone for mold making...

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Using Brush-On Urethane Rubber as a Paint

Using Brush-On Urethane Rubber as a Paint

Some of our customers have found that our Brush-On urethane rubber can be used as a paint.

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How To Make a Flexible Foam Prop Concrete Block

How To Make a Flexible Foam Prop Concrete Block

This tutorial shows how Flex Foam-iT! X can be cast to create a realistic cinder block prop.

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How To Cast TASK® 7

How To Cast TASK® 7

TASK® 7 is a low viscosity, fast set flame resistant plastic.

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Using Psycho Paint to Paint Platinum Silicone Rubber

Using Psycho Paint to Paint Platinum Silicone Rubber

This step-by-step video outlines the use of Psycho Paint® silicone paint base to color the surface of a platinum silicone casting.

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Martha Stewart Makes Encapso® K Specimen Jars

Martha Stewart Makes Encapso® K Specimen Jars

Martha makes prop specimen jars for Halloween using Smooth-On Encapso® K silicone rubber.

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Making a Brush On Mold of an Antique Rifle

Making a Brush On Mold of an Antique Rifle

This tutorial shows how to make a two piece silicone mold of a historic firearm

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High Tech Materials Create a Horrific Zombie

High Tech Materials Create a Horrific Zombie

Zombies are more popular than ever in TV shows, movies, Zombie-walks, Zombie Parties and more.

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Creating a Rigid Master Using Free Form® Sculpt

Creating a Rigid Master Using Free Form® Sculpt

Ryan Sparks of Terror Anatomical, LLC specializes in casting accurate, realistic body parts for clients.

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Metal Cold Casting With Smooth-Cast® 325 Resin

Metal Cold Casting With Smooth-Cast® 325 Resin

The metal cold-casting process is faster and much less expensive compared with foundry casting of molten metal.

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Casting a Prop Engine Block Using FlexFoam® iT! 17

Casting a Prop Engine Block Using FlexFoam® iT! 17

The surface finish of the cured Flex Foam-iT! 17 foam approaches that of a urethane elastomer.

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Create a Mold and Casting of a Prop Shield

Create a Mold and Casting of a Prop Shield

A plaster replica of an ancient Roman shield is used to make light weight and strong reproductions for display.

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Making Fake Potion Bottles Using Encapso® K

Making Fake Potion Bottles Using Encapso® K

In this video, Smooth-On fan Jara shows how to make fake potion bottles using Encapso-K silicone rubber.

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