Part 2: Supplies you will need for cabo-bondo transfers

Pros-Aide, the main ingredient in cabo-bondo transfers

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
  • Pros-Aide
  • 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

3M makes a good resporator for protection from particulatesBefore we get started….
I will be using silicone molds of scars I sculpted and molded myself. However, you can easily purchase molds for cabo-bondo transfers.

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.

bag of cab-o-sil from

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!

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.

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3 thoughts on “Part 2: Supplies you will need for cabo-bondo transfers

  1. Pingback: Part 3: Making cabo-bondo « Movie Makeup by Makeup Dr. Shari

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