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Halloween - Glues

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 24, 2011, 9:44 AM
INTRO . SKIN COLOUR . BRAINS . SHRUNKEN HEADS

So you've worked out what kind of texture you want on your skin, but how are you going to get it to stick?

Everyone's skin is different with sensitivities, sweat, and oil amounts, hair... which means what works for one person may not work for someone else. For this reason you should always TEST what you're doing on a small patch of skin before you start covering yourself in your chosen glue. :eyes:

Liquid latex is often a popular choice but it is not safe for everyone, and depending on what kind of liquid latex you get, it could really harm your skin, so be careful when choosing. If you buy the latex made for moulding you are going to be putting high amounts of ammonia on your skin, whereas if you buy a latex solution sold in make-up or fancy dress shops, the ammonia levels are less, but still present. It's a popular choice because it dries quickly, but it is not suitable for all skin types.

Gelatine is an alternative option. You can buy the powder form in sachets from a supermarket, allowing you to experiment with the amount of gelatine you add to water, changing the thickness. It does take a while to set, so you'll need to be patient. If you're vegetarian or vegan you may not agree with this one though.

Spirit Gum is readily available online and it's another alternative. Be warned that if you purchase this without spirit gum remover you may have the glue stuck to you for a little longer than anticipated. When used properly it can be very decent stuff, just make sure you allow the solution to 'tack'.

There are other suggestions online but I would advise you to be really careful, especially when applying things to your face. I know we're all trying to cut down on expenditure at the moment, but those few extra pounds/dollars/euros will make your evening more comfortable, and the next day at work less embarrassing when you don't have big red marks in the shape of your prosthetics and textures.

And a word of warning - unless you've applied Vaseline, avoid your hair!!!

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