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DIY Creative Gore Effects

So far in our DIY posts we've covers Sugar Glass Bottles and Fake Blood Recipes.


Next we're looking, as the title suggests, at how to make additions to your fake blood recipes to give them some visceral gore effects.


Most of these can be added to some of the blood recipes we covered previously, but I'll include the recipes I used for each of these gore effects to give an idea of quantities where needed.


Without further ado, let disembowel some fake gore recipes!


Gore Recipe #1 - Tissue Paper Innards


This first recipe is incredibly simple, yet effective. All you'll need is -


- 1 fake blood recipe of your choice


- Tissue paper, kitchen paper or toilet paper, shredded


All you need to do is make the fake blood recipe of your choice, tear up some tissue paper, kitchen roll or toilet paper, and add as much as you need to get your desired gore!


This works very well with our Edible Blood #1 - the thick, syrupy consistency works really well at not being absorbed too much and clumping together to make a really minging looking set of guts...or a delicious balsamic onion chutney!

Gore Recipe #2 - "Flake" Gore


This next recipe is great for making scabs and wounds, and is a very simple recipe similar to our "Edible Blood Recipe #1". Below is the recipe I followed to give you an idea of quantities - it can be difficult to get the right ratio of cornflour:water to get it to solidify at times.


Ingredients -

- 30g cornstarch,


- 10 - 20g water,


- 5g corn syrup,


- 15g onion flakes or crushed Corn Flakes


- 4 drops red food coloring.


Throw all of the ingredients into a container and mix together until a thick, lumpy mass is formed. You may need to add more onion/corn flakes depending on how lumpy you're looking for it to be.


Once it's all mixed together, pack it all onto the desired surface and let it dry! You'll see from the pictures below that it mixes well but becomes solid after drying whilst still looking pretty gruesome!

Gore Recipe #3 - Non-Newtonian Gorey Flesh


A Non-Newtonian substance is where, left alone it acts like a liquid but when impacted is turns solid before returning to a liquid again.


Sounds fancy, right?


In reality, its literally cornflour and water. This is a similar recipe to the one that you can make "slime" with - with a few wee additions to make it a more gruesome, gory mess!


You'll need -


- 2 tablespoons Cournflour

- 4 teaspoons water

- 2 - 4 drops red food colouring

1/2 - 1teaspoon cocoa powder


Pour the cornflour into a bowl and slowly add water and stir until you reach your desired consistency - if you're looking for more of a clump of flesh you might not need all the water, or if you want to play around with the slightly fluid elements cornflour allows you can always add a bit more.

Finally add the food colouring and cocoa powder to get the colour you're after.

As you can see from the last, rather...unfortunate photo, it holds it's shape well, but also runs just a little, meaning it can give both fleshy and bloody effects in the same go (as much as I enjoy what I do, can't say I ever saw myself writing that down!).


However, please be aware that raw flour and corn flour are considered unsafe to ingest, so this recipe would not be suitable to eat, and should be used for decorative/prop purposes only.


Gore Recipe #4 - Floury Flesh


Our final gore recipe is very similar to the last one, but this time using regular flour instead of corn flour.


You'll need -


- Plain flour

- Water

- Red food colouring


That's it! I wont give measurements for this, as it'll depend entirely on the consistency and amount you need. Just add the water in slowly until you have what you're after, then you can add the food colouring and viola!


I went for a slightly more gloopy, unidentified lump of gore. As you can see it sticks quite well, and at this consistency doesn't run. However, you can make it much more of a dough, and mould body parts, like tongues for example - the limit is really your imagination.


As with the above recipe, raw flour is considered dangerous unless treated properly, so this recipe is not safe to eat.

And there we have it! 4 DIY Gore recipes that can help you out in a pinch, build on your creativity and can give you something fun to try in these re-lockdown times! As always, these are not meant as substitutes for professional services or products when it comes to blood, gore, props and SFX, but can be helpful for budgetary or time restrictions, or as a final additional touch.


And as a reminder, anything using red food colouring can stain clothing very easily, so please be aware of this before slathering up your actors, costume or set!


Please be sure to check out our other blog posts in the DIY set, and while you're at it check out one of the three interviews with our female members about how it is being a female in the creative fight industry. Stay safe, and much love to you all!



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