This is part 2, a continuation from yesterday’s blog about cabo-bondo transfers (those small prosthetics that are transferred to the skin using water). Today we will discuss why you would even want to make a cabo-bondo transfer, and what supplies I will be using.
Also, no response from Tinsley Studios as of 1pm today.
Why make your own cabo-bondo transfers?
- Great for making small cuts and wounds
- Can also make beautiful flowers, butterflies, even Steam Punk gears, to adorn the skin
- Easy application
- Can make them ahead of time
- Can pre-paint them to save time during application
- Fast application using water to transfer the piece
- Can paint them with just about any makeup product
- They can be colored intrinsically
- Great for quick application on a film set
- Even a novice can easily apply them for Halloween
- Edges can be made paper-thin so they blend into the skin
- You can make your own molds so you get the exact shape and size you want, instead of relying on what’s available at the store.
Supplies you will need:
- Molds to pour the cabo-bondo into
- Epoxy Parafilm – A release agent to spray on the mold
- Cab-o-sil – It is extremely harmful if inhaled! Use a respirator! Check out the Cab-O-Sil MSDS
- Mixing container
- Mixing spoon or spatula
- respirator approved for protection from particulates(minute particles) – For use with Cab-O-Sil, which can cause serious health issues if inhaled. Your filter should be approved for protection from particulates a regular dusk mask will NOT give you the adequate protection
- Tattoo transfer paper – This will be used once the product is pulled out of the mold
- A freezer
At a later date, I will do a separate blog on how to make your own mold, for those interested in doing things from scratch.
Cab-o-sil is extremely harmful if inhaled in its powdered state. A respirator should be worn at all times when handling cab-o-sil powder.Children should not be allowed to work with cab-o-sil or be anywhere near when you are working with cab-o-sil. An adult should do that part & ALWAYS wear proper safety gear.
If you do not have the proper safety gear, you can still make bondo transfers. I will explain how in later post.
If memory serves, I should have all these supplies in my house. So the rest of today I am going to spend hunting through the boxes of supplies in my work room, cursing myself for not labeling things better and hoping that I have everything needed to get started tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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