These kits introduce beginners to correct materials and procedures. It costs much less to purchase one of these kits than it would to purchase each of the basic components separately. The instructions walk you through the process, without the added cost of a book or video. These kits contain some basic raw materials to help the learner get started. While some intelligence is required, talented kids as young as eight years old have successfully used these kits. The packaging they come in is nothing to write home about.
Alginate Kit, Advanced
This kit introduces the makeup artist to lifecasting. The example shown in the instructions is a human ear, however, other body parts can be molded and cast as well. The procedure is: apply alginate to the desired body part, make the support, remove the two, and cast the plaster into the mold. You will end up with a plaster copy of the body part.
This kit introduces the makeup artist to sculpting, mold making and simple latex appliances. The appliances are rubber pieces that are glued to the skin to be: bullet-holes, cuts, a nail, scars, horns, wounds, and even a worm crawling into the skin. The example shown in the instructions is of a rock that is imbedded in the skin, but any other small feature can be made. The procedure is: sculpt the model, make the mold, cast latex in the mold, and then attach the appliance to the skin.
Prosthetic Kit with Alginate
This kit introduces the makeup artist to lifecasting and the construction of a custom fit latex appliance. It is a great place to start if you’ve never made a facial appliance before. The example shown in the instructions is of a witch nose, but other body parts can be made. The Procedure is: make a life-casting, sculpt the prosthetic, make the mold, cast the part, and then attach the part to the skin.
This kit introduces the craftsperson to sculpting, mold making and the casting of Hydrostone. These are the three basic skills used in a prop shop. The student sculpts a small clay skull (or anything else of equal size) and then makes a latex rubber mold. A hard plaster material is then cast into this mold. The end result is a small plaster part, custom made to the artist's desires.
Shrunken Head, Two-Part Mold Kit
This is a basic Halloween mask construction, but on a small scale to give the student experience with the procedures. This is an important kit because it also introduces the student to the two-part mold, or a mold that comes apart in two pieces. Being able to make a two-part mold is very important in any craft shop. The procedure is: sculpt a small face, make the two-part mold, cast latex rubber into this mold, remove and finish the part.
We suggest a shrunken head because it’s so hard to goof it up. Multiple copies of the head can be cast.
Zombie Appliance Kit
For what it costs to purchase one pre-made appliance, you can make dozens of your own! Zombie warts, scabs, cheak rot and other post-dead decay. With this Kit you will be learning a wonderful technique called "Latex Build-up". While some people use latex build-up on there skin, we have found that it is very time consuming and often produces poor results. That is why we have created a face form for you. The face form is a 3-D "canvas" on which you can create your appliances to fit a human face, rather than a flat surface. Instead of waiting for hours for something to dry on your face, you can use the face form to build up latex as thick as you want. The Kit includes: Face Form, Fiber Fill, Mask Latex, Powder Colors Green and Black, Sculpting Tool, Mixing Sticks, Brush, Swabs, Clay, Mixing Cups and Instructions.