Day 24: New 3rd Degree Pourable is great for realistic wounds & more
During the Aliens To Zombies Convention last weekend, one of the vendors was Alcone, a company that supplies makeup and special fx products to individuals and professionals makeup artist around the world. I stopped at their table and was delighted to find that their 3rd Degree product is now available in a pourable liquid formula. That’s right kids, the 3rd Degree that you know and love now comes in a liquid! It’s so new, that I didn’t even see it on their website.
What is 3rd Degree?
Alcone describes 3rd Degree as “.… a truly unique two-part silicone modeling and casting compound. It sets in 5 minutes, is intrinsically colored in flesh tones, and can be glued to the skin using itself as the adhesive, or a silicone medical adhesive.”
The original 3rd Degree product is a thick, two-part (part A & part B), medical grade, silicone gel. When you mix equal parts of A & B together you can sculpt it into any shape. I talked about the gel based 3rd Degree on Day 15 of the 31 Days of Halloween Makeup series.
Tips for 3rd Degree Pourable
- Both the gel and liquid 3rd Degree have the same properties except for the consistency. The pourable version is the consistency of honey.
- As with other 3rd Degree products, you can make the edges of your piece virtually undetectable…. unless you get distracted by your dog. Actually, I could have added more product to fix the edges.
- Great for creating super thin, small prosthetics.
- Use 3rd Degree for build ups by incorporating different materials like embedding tissue or gauze. Even googly eyes, or pieces of grapes can help create blisters and boils.
- You must work fast, product cures in about 5 mins
- If coloring with alcohol based paint, don’t use too much alcohol as it may lift the piece
- Don’t cross contaminate! When part A and part B touch in any way, they start to cure
- Don’t use latex gloves, latex sponges, or sulfur clay as they will interfere with the curing process
- You can intrinsically color 3rd Degree with just about anything. Add coloring to part B and then mix part A & part B together.
- A little color goes a long way, don’t over do it on the color, you want to keep that translucent “skin” look.
My opinion so far:
So far I am really loving the 3rd Degree Pourable version. I will continue testing the product and may even do a video or two. I believe this will make a nice addition to my on-set kit for doing quick effects. In the mean time, I am going to use it to create some wounds for a gruesome Halloween look.
Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think. If you have a makeup or special fx website, I would love to hear about it.