By Coco Shellim
How to make a scab quickly before the deadline:
The last couple of days we have struggled trying to get a 2 second shot of blood trickling down someone’s leg. The shops were all out of fake blood from last Halloween.
So Sunday afternoon when all the shops were closed we went for the trusty WH Smith – the only place open – and bought a red ink pen. Stupidly only one red ink pen. We cut it open and measured out a few contact lens cases full of of our blood concoction. Then accidentally tripped over stood the contact lens pots of blood. NB. Use a better container next time. Any other container. So then had to fill out our remaining drops with water to film running down our legs.
Spilled it again and got the wrong shot. We also didn’t realise but our legs are now stained with fake blood for the rest of the week. New leg models were needed.
Then came along poor Lauren. We went back to Tescos the next day and bought some raspberry coulis. Can recommend this is the most convincing blood you will find. Even Tarantino uses it (but he likes to mix it with sugar.) But this won’t dry into a SCAB.
If this isn’t available here are some other ingredients found during research. Probably too late for the period brief but may come in handy:
How to make a SCAB-
It will darken slightly as it dries and the texture gets better as it sits, so feel free to make it about an hour ahead of time. The chunky texture of the added onion flakes gives the appearance of “scabs.
Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 4 teaspoons water, 1 teaspoon corn syrup, 1 tablespoon onion flakes, and 4 drops red food colouring. Clump it onto your skin and let dry.
Combine 2/3 cup chocolate syrup and 1/3 cup Tide laundry detergent with 4 to 6 teaspoons red food coloring.
Happy Scab making.
P.S. Sorry about your socks Lauren.
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