January 9, 2013

Special effects: Scar testing


Just a warning beforehand, if you are very sensitive to scars (even if not real) you might not want to scroll down.

Okay, I bought some Rigid Collodion almost two weeks ago and it was in the mailbox today after I got home from school. I've been waiting anxiously for it to turn up so I could get to experiment with it! Mom also left so I got to scar myself alone without getting the weird looks or asked why I'm locked in the toilet for an hour. lol

If you don't know what Rigid Collodion is it's a scarring liquid widely used in movies and stuff to simulate shapes of wounds and scars.

I've never used this stuff before but I've been digging information, so I had some ideas what to try creating with it. Okay, I obviously didn't want to put it on my face for practice because... well... it's kinda hard to hide your face without getting very suspicious looks in case I would make an error. So I decided to put it on my right forearm. (note: I'm left-handed, so it's easier for me to practice on my right hand)
I didn't put any base make-up on prior to testing so I can't know for sure how well Rigid Collodion will stick to that. But what I've seen it seems to work just as well.

I tried at first to draw the shape of the scar that I wanted (just a short slightly curved line) in a dark brown eyeliner pencil. I just drew lightly, don't use pressure or it will look unnatural. After that I just started by putting a layer of Rigid Collodion on where I had drawn the "scar". I let the stuff dry between the layers; it dries really fast, probably in under one minute. I must say that the feeling when it started drying was... interesting... xD It felt like something was nibbling and pulling my skin. It didn't hurt or anything but it would occasionally itch for a split-second.
I think I did around 3-4 layers on my first try and it looked like this:

Not really that good but it was a half-decent first try. To remove it you need to peel it off. If you have sensitive skin you can use spirit gum remover. I decided to try using spirit gum remover but when I opened the bottle it had this white cork patch thingy.. which I thought was one of those that you can't take off so you would have to turn the bottle upside down to get it to moisten the patch and then roll it against your skin.. so I turned the bottle and at the first second nothing happened so I thought "meh, weird.." but the following blink of an eye the goddamn patch flew its merry way and almost half of the (unused) spirit gum remover was everywhere in the bathroom. Fucking great. I tried to clean it as best I could but I think it left this weird coating to all the surfaces it hit.. oh boy...
Oh well, I then just decided to pinch my skin together to get one of the scar sides to peel and then just rip it off. It left a red mark but it's very logical seeing that the Rigid Collodion was pulling at my skin.

I decided to try the same technique again but this time with a dark red eyeliner pencil as a base. It came out too cartoony. But during the second try I realized I could use some light powder between every three or so layers to get it to shine a bit less.

And so on the third and final try I decided to blend dark red and brown eyeliner together for the scar base, dust some light powder over it and then start applying layers. This time I put a lot of layers.. I think maybe 10 or so and well, it made a world of difference comparing to the first try! Now I actually think I managed to make what looked like an old deep scar... 3D too. What's good is that it doesn't hurt (I've been "wearing" it for over an hour now I think and I barely even feel that it's there) and it seem to hold really well, unless you move the scar area around too much because then you risk having it peeling and thus ruining the effect of it looking real.

But now. Photos.

I think I love this stuff now, it's awesome. I'm very impressed...
Next time I think I'll definitely try it with my Kenshin cosplay! Ohmaigerd I can't wait to take preview photos! <3

That's all for this time, see ya!


Psycho Cat said...

Hum... ser bra ut får nog kolla vidare igen efter info om detta medel användnings områden. Men det se bra ut ialla fall =D

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Det verkar finnas en hel del info på nätet. Men man använder just det för att göra ärr och sår i första hand. :)

Psycho Cat said...

Jo jag vet, men kom på det att det inte är bra att har att på de områdena jag tänker på XD
Skall ser om jag hitta annat material för det jag har i tankarna.

Arawn Elidd said...

Excellent results for your first test! The Rigid Collodion seems to be pretty cool stuff. xD Looking forward to your Kenshin scar preview pics! <3

Valkoinen Samurai said...

I'm surprised it went so well for a first try. xD It is fucking awesome, if you ever get the chance to use it for cosplay (or something else) you should try it!

I can't wait to do Kenshin's scar!

Fainttos said...

Vau, näyttää kyllä tosi siistiltä! :D Tarvitsenkin yhteen seruaavista asuistani arpia, niin tiedänkin millä ne teen :) Kuinka kauan tällaisen tökötin laittaminen kestää parin harjoittelukerran jälkeen?

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Ööh siis.. kuinka kauan menee riippuu ihan siitä kuinka syvän haavan/arven haluat tehdä. Sä vaan maalaat ihoosi kerroksia toistensa päälle kunnes saat sen halutun effektin. Joka kerros kuivuu alle minuutissa (ainaki mulla) joten jos teet vaikka sen 10 kerrosta, jolloin alkaa jo näyttää tosi uskolliselta, niin ei mene ku 10 min. :) Tosiaan laita kaikki muut cossimeikit naamaan ennnen ku alat Rigid Collodionia laittamaan.

Muista myös harjoitella Rigid Collodionin käyttöä muutama kerta ennen conia.. vaikka se oli kyl ainaki minun mielestä tosi helppoa oppia käyttämään. Varsinki kannattaa testata ihan vaan sen takia että tietää että aine ei anna sulle mitään allergisia reaktioita tai vastaavaa.

Arpinesteellä pitää muuten olla suht hyvä pinta mihin se voi istuuntua joten en tiiä miten hyvin se esimerkiksi istuu jonku sotkuisen ihomaalin päällä by the way.

Fainttos said...

Kuivuupa nopsaan, hyvä niin. Itse joutuisin tekemään poskeen sellaisen X:n muotoisen arven ja käteen sivallusarven, joten kyllä se varmaan toimisi :)
Ja joo, kyllä harjoittelisin ja kunnolla, eihän sitä kisaamaan mennä ilman harjoittelua xD Vähän olisi tyhmä olo jos sitten siellä ei toimisikaan ne arvet...
Mutta kiitos tiedoista! :)