I made these for a photo-shoot that probably isn’t going to happen now, so I might as well share them.
They’re supposed to be intestines, to be used with fake blood and other gory bits and pieces. There’s a few different tutorials out there on how to make similar things but most of them have fake blood on the inside – they’re designed as disposable one off’s. I wanted my intestines to last a bit longer so only used dry materials on the inside. I figured that with suitable gore applied on the outside they would look ok, and dry out to be used again.
The process is pretty simple. Find a long flat surface (I used some perspex from the dump in my back garden) and paint latex on it in long, narrow rectangles.
After a couple of clear coats add in some colour to your latex. I stuck to peachy orange tones mostly, with some strips of pink. I did some stomach churning research on the colours for this. Everyone I’ve shown them to so far has said ‘shouldn’t they be red?’ but no. That’s Holywood, making us think all our insides are bright carnation red. They should probably be more purple, if anything. I tried to make the colour patchy and blobby so it wouldn’t look too ‘painted’. Play around, the translucency of the latex helps build up layers, but remember you’ll be seeing it from the other side when it’s done. A clear base it really handy there, you can have a peek underneath to see what it will look like.
Once there’s a good few layers of latex down, enough to hold together when peeled off, it’s time to stuff. I used cotton wool and some cheap acrylic variegated yarn. It would probably be fine with just the cotton wool. I got the yarn with the idea it would peek through and look like veins, but it doesn’t really show with the latex painted. If I’d left the latex any more transparent the white of the cotton wool would have been too obvious. Oh well. It might help provide a bit of stability, or something?
Then just roll it up. It should stick to itself pretty easily but if not just add a bit more wet latex to glue it down.
Ta-da. A long tube that looks like nothing much, but then…
Crumple and twist it together to add kinks and twists. Looking a lot more realistic now.
I made a bunch of them in slightly different sizes and colours then soaked them in silicon spray. This will stop them sticking to each other without dulling them down like talcum powder would.
Quite chuffed with how they’ve turned out. Pity I don’t have much use for them now!