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Sunday, October 30, 2011

How to make a fake brain

I wanted a brain prop for my zombie housewife costume and found some instructions online that I made modifications to. The end result was pretty awesome!

Here are my supplies: 2 parts red playdough, 1 part blue (I would recommend making your own as well or buying a neutral colour and colouring it yourself, but this is all I could find at the dollar store), newspaper, duct tape, spray adhesive, corn syrup, food colouring and paint brush.


2. Wad newspaper into a ball and wrap it tightly with duct tape to make the shape you want. Roll pieces of playdough into long round lengths and spray the tape ball with adhesive before you start applying the pieces. I used a picture of a brain as inspiration for placement of my pieces.


3. Once your pieces are all on you can paint your brain however you want. I wanted to lighten the colour of mine so I used hair colour spray (halloween make up).


4. I then used corn syrup colour with food colouring to create the shiny bloody effect. I also used a bit of high-quality fake blood as well. I used the remaining corn syrup to create a pool of blood under my brain.



And voila! I was pretty happy with it and got lots of comments about my brain.



14 comments:

  1. This, is awesome!

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  2. Did you mix the play dough together?

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    1. I did just because of the colours I had. I also sprayed it with halloween hair colour spray to lighten the colour.

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    2. What colour was the hair colour spray you used?

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  3. You could get a job in Hollywood.

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    1. I can't remember but the corn syrup didn't dry up or anything just congealed which was perfect.

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  5. what color was the corn syrup was it dark or clear

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    1. I don't remember but I don't think it would matter. i also used stage blood for deeper red accent.

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  6. Would it be sticky to handle? I need to make a fake brain as a stage prop, but it needs to be held by various actors, and we wouldn't want it in a tray, just on it's own.

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    1. The corn syrup does sort of harden after awhile but likely still sticky. Maybe look at some type of clear coat paint or varnish.

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    2. Thank you. I am going to try this method, and maybe skip the corn syrup and just do some other painting. I have some liquid latex. Do you think a coat of that on top would provide the shiney coat that the corn syrup provided?

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  7. looks totally awesome, thanks for posting I'm going to do it for our Halloween party next week :)

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