Mehron Rigid Collodion Scarring Liquid is a favorite of SFX artists because of the quick ultra realistic looking results they can get to portray a variety of skin disfigurements such as scarring, cuts, gashes, claw marks, bites, burns, or whatever casualty needs that requires these kind of looks. Once the liquid is painted on skin in a particular design it wrinkles and shrinks as it dries, drawing the skin into an indentation within the design, and leaving a puckered look.
You can create larger or more in-depth looks by repeating the application as many times as you need to achieve a deeper, more defined effect. The area where you apply the collodion must have some ability to pucker the skin as it dries, so keep this in mind when choosing an area of skin for the application. If the skin is too smooth or tight it won't render as well, as it works best on dry bare skin to create deep skin injury results, especially with repeated layers.
Start out by using the brush to apply a very thin line or spot to a fleshy area of the skin. For deeper cuts or scarring apply several coats, making sure each layer is dry first before applying another to achieve the best results and a more dramatic look.
This is a great product to use to create all kinds of effects for casualty simulation, character work, such as a Joker, or Pirate, Caveman, Fantasy /Alien, or whatever your imagination can dream up. For very sensitive skin it is best to apply a skin barrier product, such as Top Guard, MM-1112. Using an acrylic adhesive such as Graftobian Pro Adhesive, MM-1004 also works great painted on bare skin for barrier protection, and enhances the adhesion of the collodion.
Pro Tips: for gashes or cuts, a “Y " shape is often the best way due to the way the skin puckers when product dries. Trace an outline of the desired look with a red makeup pencil first as a guide.
For scars: to make it look like an older scar take a medium brown colored pencil and lightly trace it down the middle of the "scar". Then use a brush to spread and soften the color out on the scar. For a fresher looking scar apply a pinkish red colored makeup pencil, and then brush it out. Putting a pencil coloring on the scar helps to take down the natural shine of the collodion.
WARNING:Do not use Mehron Rigid Collodion Scarring Liquid in or around the eyes, mouth, or nose. DO NOT paint this liquid or over any real cuts, scars, burns, blisters etc. as this poses a very serious health risk!
For a quick video tutorial in creating a basic skin disfigurement with collodion, click here.
Pro Tip from Emmy Award winning SFX Artist, Suzanne Patterson:
"Mehron Rigid Collodion Scarring Liquid has so many amazing "out of kit" possibilities for creating all kinds of realistic looking skin disfigurements, from scars to deep lacerations, and that are fast and easy to do! To increase the indention of your disfigurement simply fold the skin together once the collodion is painted on. One of my favorite ways to make them actively "bleed" is to paint a layer of Graftobian Pro Adhesive, MM-1004 on top of the final layer of collodion. Then I pack that with a layer of blood powder with a brush. Once in place and ready to activate, I place a small drop of water onto it for a slow drip of blood. It bleeds perfectly like the real thing!"
Mehron Rigid Collodion is best removed by using a non-acetone based remover, such as TraumaSkin FX™ Rigid Collodion Remover, MM-1398. Do not attempt to just peel the dried collodion off the skin as you may risk irritation to skin that could leave a permanent red mark on skin in it's place! This is especially important if you have applied collodion to sensitive skin. Apply the remover with a cotton ball and wipe until bond is dissolved, and it lifts off without effort. Remove any remaining product with a cleanser and warm water, followed by a moisturizer.
Ingredients: Ethyl Ether, SD Alcohol 3C (Alcohol Denat.), Nitrocellulose.
Size: 0.125 fl.oz / 7.4ml
IMPORTANT: For Professional Use Only! Paint and Powder Cosmetics is not responsible for customer's use or abuse of this product. Do not use around children or pets. Do not inhale fumes. This product is highly flammable so use in a well ventilated area!
It is recommended that you spot test a small area on the skin first to determine any allergic reaction. Discontinue use immediately if a reaction develops. Can cause redness or marking to skin when removed improperly, such as lifting off skin directly without using a remover first.
NOTE: This product is HAZMAT and is ground shipping only within the continental US. Not available for foreign purchase or shipment.