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A question about Hands

Discussion in 'Special Effects' started by JackofMostMasterofSome, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. JackofMostMasterofSome

    JackofMostMasterofSome New Member

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    Hi Everybody,

    I am currently working on a show where I need to make 25+ reasonably realistic looking severed hands of different sizes. At one point in the show they are thrown across the stage and many of the pre-made hands I am finding are either very expensive or made out of foam and bounce when they hit the floor. I'm looking into casting and molding but am on a very tight budget. Any suggestions on how to make these or where to find something that might work very cheaply?
     
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    Without going stupid expensive it will be difficult to go realistic. Ballistics gel or Silicon are probably the best bets for realism.
     
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    Yeah, go for silicone. The ballistics gel won't last terribly long and will get quite nasty. Much more realistic, but very impractical for stage. (Especially when you're lighting stage with 1000s of Watts)

    TheKingOfRandom on YouTube has some excellent videos on getting and using silicone
     
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    I used this quick setting concrete patch material for a home repair project a few years ago, probably purchased at Lowes, but I'm not sure. You could take a tray, put that stuff in it about 4 inches deep, wait for it to harden a bit and shove your hand into it to create a mold without a back. Let it cure. Then get the cheapest tubes of silicone you can find. Squirt the silicone into the mold. You'll have a great accurate front of the hand with a square back. Take a knife and round the corners to make the back a little better and call it good. The audience is probably at least 30' away right? They'll never know the difference. Use several sizes of hands to make different molds and you can crank out multiples at once.

    If you can get away with the look, two part foam would probably be cheaper than silicone. But even a higher density foam like this one would still not have the weight of silicone. Something like this. http://www.fibreglast.com/product/6Lb-Mix-and-Pour-Foam/Foam
     
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    OK, I know you're on a budget, & I've never attempted this but hear me out
    get pink rubber kitchen gloves and cans of Great Stuff ( the expanding foam for insulating ).
    carefully fill the gloves so they won't bulge too much.
    if the gloves bulge, you may want to support them in a trough filled with sand.
    paint the gloves to look real.
    you can go to the $1 store for the gloves. they come in S, M, L, XL

    MY $0.02
     

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