May 12th, 2016
There’s a wealth of great products available to help create congealed blood, wounds, scabs, scratches and fresh blood effects. Often sticky and messy, here is our selection of the best fake blood available to ensure working with the red gloopy stuff is as hassle-free and fun as possible.
The Glynn McKay Congealed Blood (£13.50 for 100ml) is a medium-consistency blood, thicker and slightly darker than liquid blood to create a thick jelly-like coagulated look. Best used for creating the stage between fresh wound and scabbing, this product can easily be washed out with soap and water.
Artificial Thick Blood by Make Up For Ever (£15 per 100ml) is densely coloured and has an almost lumpy consistency to accurately replicate human blood. Safe for use in the nose, mouth and around the eye area, this water-resistant product is best to create scabs on wounds that are starting to heal.
The Kryolan Blood Powder (£6.50) allows you to realistically simulate the sudden appearance of bloody effects fast. Simply dust the powder onto skin where desired where it dormantly waits, virtually invisible. Then, to activate, simply introduce a wet medium such as diluted glycerin and a trickle of blood will magically appear. But be warned, this stuff stains! Prep skin with greasepaint and avoid getting it on clothing – unless it adds to the look.
The Clotted Blood from Maekup (£20.50 for 120g) is a multi purpose, non staining gel which can be used on skin, costume and sets. It is washable and can be thinned down with water while remaining durable. As the blood can be easily smeared and remains fresh looking, it is great for filling in prosthetic cuts.
Kryolan Eye Blood (£14.95) is available in five colours to create bloodshot eyes that remain visible for up to 20 minutes. In a handy dropper bottle, it can be used to create a burst blood vessel red eye look.
The Kensington Gore Venial Blood (£4.50 for 50g) is non-staining translucent flowing blood. With an HD formula, it has a smooth, glossy texture and finish and smears realistically. Suitable for the mouth, it even has a fresh, peppermint flavour.
SFX guru Nick Dudman has his own brand of Pigs Might Fly blood (from £6). Extremely popular and ultra-realistic, it’s loved for its non-staining and washable qualities. Available in standard or dark coloured.
Mehron Performance Squirt Blood (prices start from £2.04 for half an ounce) is available in venous and arterial colours to be used in tubing or appliances for SFX performance work. Water-based, it’s especially good for gushing effects and can easily be removed from skin, hair and costumes.
For those just starting out in SFX, Bloodymarvellous do two excellent kits: The Starter Kit (£45) includes four shades of Bloodymarvellous liquid blood in 30ml sizes along with five Bloodymarvellous wound filler gels in 15ml sizes: Blister; Congealed Clot; Pus; Scab and Scratch.
Their newest Blood Bag Kit (£30) is also an ideal small kit to try. It contains 10 small blood bags for use under clothing with squibs and prop knives etc. It also contains 250ml of their free running liquid blood, along with a nozzle for filling.