scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: How to Make Fake Blood
Richard Axtman (scout_king@YAHOO.COM
Fri Nov 19 1999 - 10:37:51 CST
To make fake blood use:
Red Food Coloring
Karo syrup is the main ingredient. To it add drops of red food
coloring. To deepen the red color, add a very small amount of
chocolate syrup. Add only a little chocolate syrup at a time,
stir the three ingredients up well, and test the color to see if
it is deep red enough by placing a few drops of the mixture on
your finger or the back of your hand.
The amount of each ingredient used depends on the volume of liquid
you want to end up with. You mix it to the color of real looking
blood, so there is no measurements. Also note that the color will
look darker in a clear glass container than it does when placed
on your skin.
A great old Scouter friend of mine named Harold Stevens taught
me this. He use to put on very realistic First Aid demonstrations
for Scouts and at First Aid courses he taught. He use to make fake
wounds out of morticians wax to build up a swollen surface, a hole,
a cut or a gash. Then he'd stick some stiff pieces of broken clear
plastic into the wax so that it looked like broken glass stuck in
a wound. Then he'd pour some of his fake blood recipe over them.
The wounds he created looked so startling that people would instantly
want to call 911 for help when they saw them. Scouts loved these!
Harold use to make his famous special effects wounds for Scouts at
Camporees and Scout Shows. After he put on a First Aid demonstration
he'd let the scouts each have their own wound to show off to their
friends. They'd line up all afternoon to have one of Harold's fake
wounds placed on their hand, arm or forehead. He'd continue making
them until he ran out of materials.
Harold was always a big hit with all the Scouts and Scouters!!!
I'm saddened to say the Harold has "gone home," so I share with you
what he taught me in his memory. When someone asks you where you
learned these special effects, be sure to tell them it was from
Serving You and Scouting,
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