It is essential to achieve the right mixture of materials for this art, as the comfort of the subject is paramount. Materials and compounds can cause allergic reactions, so other materials may need to be explored.
Below is a list of Basic Materials used to make your Creature come to life. Included is removal instructions.
|Material||Use & Application||Removal Instructions|
|Liquid Latex||Clear or tanned colored liquid that can be applied in layers, built up and formed into skin-like textures.||Simply start with an edge and pull gently downwards. Rub mineral oil (such as baby oil), to help remove latex residue.|
|Foam Latex||This mixture expands as it dries to form a tight sponge-like substance that will hold shapes when hardened, yet be flexible enough to allow movement. Foam tubing or paper mache can be substituted.||The best remover is mineral oil. But this can degrade the foam, so the prosthetic must be washed immediately upon removal.|
|Silicone||Similar to liquid latex, only with more of a shiny texture and less tackiness when dry. Sets quickly and can be tricky to manipulate.||Simply start with an edge and pull gently downwards. Rub mineral oil (such as baby oil), to help remove latex residue.|
|Bald Cap||A thin skin-like shower cap that is glued to the head over the hair to conceal and protect.||Simply start with an edge and pull gently downwards. Use rubbing alcohol to remove the adhesive residue.|
|Spirit Gum - Adhesive||Specially formulated glue that is applied to the skin. Multi-use.||Use rubbing alcohol to remove the adhesive.|
|Makeup Removal Compound||Makes removal and cleanup easier and less painful. Minimizes damage to prosthetics upon removal.||Some compounds can be harsh to sensitive skin, and over time damage prosthetics. We recommend products such as mineral oil, baby oil or rubbing alcohol for makeup removal.|
- Allergic reactions to chemicals and compounds can occur from special effects makeup and prosthetics.
- Some people may find prosthetics itchy and uncomfortable or even claustrophobic.
- They may make skin feel dry and sensitive for a few days after removal.
- Makeup and compounds can stain and be hard to remove. Strong scrubbing will likely be needed.
- Be aware of potential increased risk to flammability, impaired mobility or restricted line of sight.