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!

Featured Step-by-Step How-To's

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How To Mold a Prop Shield For Cosplay

How To Mold a Prop Shield For Cosplay

Jon N. shows us how he creates a mold for his Thundercats shield.

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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 an Impact Resistant Cosplay Prop Viking Shield Using UreCoat®

Making an Impact Resistant Cosplay Prop Viking Shield 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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What People Have Done With These Materials

Hyper Realistic Silicone Art From Tom Kuebler

Hyper Realistic Silicone Art From Tom Kuebler

Tom creates his works of surreal art using silicone, foam, resin, any material which triggers his imagination.

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Molding an Original Ghostbusters® Prop

Molding an Original Ghostbusters® Prop

Artist Paul Francis shows how he reproduces an original Terror Dog from Ghostbusters®

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Daft Punk Helmet by Volpin Props

Daft Punk Helmet by Volpin Props

This helmet was the fruit of 17 months of work.

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Jeff Birch's 'DESTRO' Mask Project

Jeff Birch's 'DESTRO' Mask Project

Jeff's research into moldmaking and casting materials went a long way towards making his project a huge success.

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U.C. Fab's Animatronic Zombie

U.C. Fab's Animatronic Zombie

From a small squirrel to a giant T-Rex that is 20 feet tall, U.C. Fab can create it.

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Searching For Material Options With UD Replicas

Searching For Material Options With UD Replicas

UD Replicas makes amazing costumes using Smooth-On materials.

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Betting It All On The Rocks

Betting It All On The Rocks

Employing the right materials to meet an impossible deadline.

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SMASH! Plastic And Rubber Glass Take The Lead In James Bond Movie

SMASH! Plastic And Rubber Glass Take The Lead In James Bond Movie

Over 1.5 tons of Rubber Glass was used in “Die Another Day”.

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Freeze Cast Process uses Smooth-On Rubber for Precision Casting

Freeze Cast Process uses Smooth-On Rubber for Precision Casting

Rubber molds can be made quickly and will accommodate the expansion of water during the freezing process.

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Lifelike Babies Created with Dragon Skin® Silicone

Lifelike Babies Created with Dragon Skin® Silicone

Tasha Edenholm creates hand made and "One-Of-A-Kind" lifelike babies with Dragon Skin® Silicone

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Silicone Artistry By Stevie Bettles

Silicone Artistry By Stevie Bettles

Stevie achieves extreme realism by creating appliances which visually and physically blend into the actor's skin

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The Scarehouse - Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted Attraction

The Scarehouse - Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted Attraction

To maintain their reputation as one of the most advanced haunts in the U.S.,The Scarehouse incorporates Smooth-On silicones

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Animatronic Zombie Made Using Mold Max® 10T Silicone

Animatronic Zombie Made Using Mold Max® 10T Silicone

MisteRoboto has created an extremely realistic zombie animatronic using Mold Max® 10T

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Benicio F/X Creates SMASH® Castings As Few Can

Benicio F/X Creates SMASH® Castings As Few Can

Mario Benicio has provided special effects for films around the world

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A Whale Of a Tale About Smooth-On Rubber

A Whale Of a Tale About Smooth-On Rubber

Smooth-On silicone takes the lead in making animatronic whales.

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Gary Willett's Animatronic Monster Comes To Life!

Gary Willett's Animatronic Monster Comes To Life!

Gary has turned a part time hobby into a full-fledged lifelike animatronic.

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The Many Faces Of Guy Louis XVI

The Many Faces Of Guy Louis XVI

It is simply impossible to readily discern that Guy's figures are not alive.

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Tripping The Light Foam-Tastic

Tripping The Light Foam-Tastic

Prism artisans have perfected a technique for making incredibly detailed food items

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Foam-iT On The Set Of 'The Pink Panther 2'

Foam-iT On The Set Of 'The Pink Panther 2'

For the upcoming film 'The Pink Panther 2', the action takes place at many locales around the world.

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Screamline Studios Makes Props To Die For

Screamline Studios Makes Props To Die For

Operating out of Mentor Ohio since 1996, Screamline Studios has provided professional design, construction, and coordination for primarily the haunted attraction industry.

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Bad Dog Creations Speeds To The Rescue Of 'Gotham's Finest

Bad Dog Creations Speeds To The Rescue Of 'Gotham's Finest

Working on a film-set is one of the most time-intensive occupations on the planet.

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Real-Life Futurama Hypnotoad Animatronic

Real-Life Futurama Hypnotoad Animatronic

This Amazing Animatronic was Created With Ecoflex® 00-30

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Arcana Workshop Creates Fantasy Monster

Arcana Workshop Creates Fantasy Monster

Mike Turner and the Arcana Workshop Created This Amazing Life Size Fantasy Figure Sculpture

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Customer Spotlight – Calen Hoffman

Customer Spotlight – Calen Hoffman

Calen Hoffman creates the Hylian Shield from the Legend of Zelda series.

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