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How to Make Liquid Latex Alternatives

Liquid latex will permanently hold onto porous products when cured.
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Things You'll Need:

  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Small saucepan
  • Envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • Burner
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring

Liquid latex is an easy-to-use medium for creating theatrical special effects. The product commonly is applied in skin prosthetics and used to resemble fake scars, warts and burns. If you or an actor you are working has an allergy to latex, you can use gelatin to create many of the same effects. Used by professional performers, gelatin is a safe, effective and inexpensive alternative to liquid latex.

Saucepan and cold water
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Pour 1/4 cup cold water into a saucepan.

Add gelatin
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Sprinkle gelatin into the water and wait for one minute.

 
Low heat under saucepan
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Turn on a burner to low heat and use a spoon to stir the solution until the gelatin dissolves.

 
A dab of food coloring
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Add food coloring to the mix to create a bloody or discolored effect. If you want a flesh-toned effect, do not add food coloring.

 
The final product
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Wait for the gelatin mixture to cool.

Warnings:

  • Gelatin effects can melt in high heat.
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