ByAbs Gordon-Cody, writer at
Special Effects Makeup Artist

It's not all about expensive make up, buying prosthetics online and having your own studio. Abi Gordon-Cody wants to show you how to become a special effects make up artist in the comfort of your own home!

You've only got to search on Instagram to see how this art form is slowly taking over the world! I love looking through and seeing what wonderful creations are being made up. There's so many amazing artists across the globe of all ages with crazy imaginations!

The best thing is, you can't really go wrong! Yes some of my make ups aren't anatomically correct, but I know I veins, muscles, blood and fatty tissue in my body so I just go with that!

And so with my latest make up, I want to show you just how easy it can be to become a blood loving artist with a step by step guide for my torn throat creation!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Moulding clay
  • Plaster Paris
  • Sculting tools
  • Oil/aqua paints
  • Latex (gelatine/spirit gum)
  • Fake blood
  • Toliet roll
  • Flat hard surface (tray)

Always carry out a skin test when using latex, spirit gum and other chemical ingredients.

Amazingly, this really is all you need! Apart from a little patience, time and a wicked gorey imagination!

So first step. Using your clay on a hard surface (it will get messy so use a tray to save any spills and something that can be thrown away.) Begin with sculpting your masterpiece!

This picture isn't great as this is after I had taken my mould, but you can see how to build up from the first layer, adding veins and textures allowing you to create a more realistic piece. Also you'll have to make a 'wall' around your design making sure it's taller than the highest point of your piece, this is to keep the Plaster Paris in place!

It'll take a few trial and errors to work out what works and what doesn't, so keep at it!
It'll take a few trial and errors to work out what works and what doesn't, so keep at it!

Next is to pour in your Plaster Paris mix, there will be instructions on how to make the mix with it and also some warnings. Never pour over your body as it heats up as its' curing! There's different waiting times but the longer you leave it obviously the better. This is where patience is key. Many a time I've been too excited to wait and have ended up breaking my mould and destroying my sculpture!

Negative mould
Negative mould

Finally after twelve cups of tea, a food shopping trip and a nap you'll have your negative mould ready to go! Carefully release the mould from the tray and remove any clay that may have remained. It can be quiet a tedious job so don't worry if little bits of clay are still there!

Next step is applying latex to the mould, it's best to do it in thin layers using a hairdryer between each one. Make sure the outer edge of the mould is applied with a thin layer, this will help blend into the skin. I'd recommend maybe 8 layers, thick enough to not rip but thin enough to be able to bend and move. Again, trial and error to see what you like.

Pull away slowly once completely dry, you've now made your positive from your negative! Now you're ready to paint!

Painted prosthetic ready to be applied!
Painted prosthetic ready to be applied!

So the last step! Stick it on! I sponged liquid latex onto my neck allowing it to become a little tacky and carefully applied my piece. Then using ripped up toliet roll you can hide any edges and form what looks like skins around your prosthetic. Touch up with fake blood and paint over the toilet roll and heeeeey Presto!! You've torn your throat apart!

Final piece applied and touched up
Final piece applied and touched up

Catch up with me on Instagram @absgc and Facebook AGC SFX Make up for more gorey special effects and see what I get up to! And if you want to challenge me to some more make ups, drop me a message!


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