The Successful Witte Artistry YouTube Channel Launch & 3rd Degree Silicone
“I love it when a plan comes together!” After loads of preparation and gobs of time spent in the recording and editing studio the Witte Artistry YouTube channel has officially launched! The first video that was released on October 1st featured a tutorial on the war boy Slit from the hit film Mad Max, Fury road.
For those of you who have yet to watch this tutorial, we kindly request that you check it out and leave a comment. We would love to hear your thoughts on our content! You can find this video at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bwZFESyaOU
In this video Kim uses a product called 3rd Degree Silicone to create Slit’s facial scars. 3rd Degree Silicone (by Alcone Company) is a two part modeling and casting compound that can be applied directly on the skin or used to fill a mold. It comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and skin tones, but the clear version can be pigmented to your liking.
In the tutorial video mentioned above, Kim is using an uncolored version of the product. However, depending on the intended use, you may need to color the silicone.To color silicone use a combination of dyes and small amounts of flocking fibers. Silicone coloring pigment typically comes in small containers in a concentrated pigmented paste. Since the pigment is so potent be sure to only use a small amount when tinting your silicone. If too much pigment is added, the silicone loses its translucency and no longer appears flesh-like. Adding flocking fibers is an optional step but really adds some extra realism to your silicone! Flocking fibers are small shredded bits of colored nylon and come in plastic pouches of all sizes. Depending on the skin tone you can add a variety of colors and unlike the dye paste, the particles remain suspended in the material to imitate skin realistically.
This product is used in filming situations to fill flaws in skin, but its most common use is in wound creation for special effects makeup. To use this product, remove equal amounts of Part A and Part B onto a mixing palette. Keep the piles of silicone separate until you are ready to apply it. Be mindful to not cross-contaminate your original containers because the product will start to harden and become useless when mixed. To save some time and achieve the proper measurements you can pre-tint your silicone at this stage before mixing the two piles. Before applying this product make sure the skin is clean and dry. It can be attached to the skin with a silicone adhesive or the 3rd Degree’s inherent tackiness (as shown in the tutorial).
Once the silicone is mixed thoroughly, there a 5 minute working time window (We recommend working in small amounts to compensate for the short work time). While the silicone is still malleable, it can be sculpted, carved into, and blended. Alcone Company recommends using 99% isopropyl alcohol to blend the edges into the skin. After about 10 minutes, the 3rd Degree becomes completely dry and solid. Unfortunately, it has a slight shine, but it is easily corrected using a type of dry powder, baby powder or translucent setting powder, and a powder brush.
When painting silicone don’t use a water based product because silicone will repel it. Kim recommends using an alcohol based paint, such as a Skin Illustrator Palette, to achieve a realistic translucent effect, but any creme makeup will suffice.
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