How to use the Ruby Red Paint Special F/X wax
by Gary Cole

We get a lot of questions on how to use the Ruby Red Paint special f/x wax so I'm going to walk you through step by step so all of you can do this yourself. There are many uses for this wax but I'm going to walk you through the two most popular. What you can do with the wax is only limited to your imagination. You can go from these two examples and move on to warts, raised foreheads, knots on the head to boils and everything in between.
All you need to create the perfect cut, scar, bullet wound or whatever is some Ruby Red Paint special effects wax, some black, red and skin tone paint and some gel blood. It is easy to use and I did both of these special effects in under 3 minutes each. The Ruby Red Paint special effects kits comes with everything you need including a stipple sponge, spatula and brush. You also can buy all of these separately./font>
Step one: Use your spatula to cut out a little chunk of the special effects wax. If you want a little cut or a gapping wound get the appropriate size of wax. In both of these examples I used an wax ball about the size of a penny. It does not take much. You will be surprised at how far it will go. You can do MANY special effects with just one 18ml of the wax.
Step two: Roll the wax into a ball. At first it may seem hard but you need to squish it together 10 or 12 times to soften up the wax. It should be about the consistency much thicker than for example a piece of chewing gum. Sorry but I couldn't think of anything else universally understood. The special effect wax can also be bought in 75ml containers.
Step three: Take the softened wax and roll it into a little "worm" the length you want your cut to be. Make it a little fatter in the middle and taper it as you go toward the ends of your "worm". As you work the wax it will get a little stickier the longer you play with it. This is important because it needs to be sticky as you go to the next steps.
Step four: Now slightly push your "worm" on to the skin. Be careful to not over push it in the middle as you really want to preserve the three dimensional look on the cut. With your finger start pushing the edges of your "worm" so that the transition of the cut flows onto the skin. You are wanting the cut to appear swelling and to magnify the visual effect of the cut. Pushing all around helps hold the wax to the skin.
Step five: You should continue around the cut until it is pushed into the skin all around. Maintain the round surface of the scar in the middle. If you are going to use the gel blood you will want to particularly spread the wax over the skin where the blood will drip. If you get the gel blood directly on the skin it will stain it red. Making the wax or even a paint barrier will prevent this. Now it the time to push slightly to make sure you have a tight seal between the wax and the skin.
Step six: Take your spatula or even a dull butter knife and slice through the center of the cut. As you do this use the spatula to open up the wound. If you can make the gap about 1/16th of an inch at the skin surface and 1/8th of an inch at the peak of the cut you will have a good gap to later put your blood.
Step seven: Take a brush and some black paint and fill in the gap. This serves two purposes. The first is it will give the cut more depth. Second it will prevent the cut from closing and sealing itself as you do the painting of the wound.
Step eight: Take your stipple sponge and only a drop of water and get a little black paint on the sponge. The large pore structure of the stipple sponge makes the perfect bruising effect on the cut. First you start with black.
Step nine: Now still using your sponge do the same thing on this time you will use the red paint. You are really wanting the scar to blend in with the skin surface but still have enough redness to look bruised and of course gross. That is the effect you are looking for right?
Step ten: Now take a Ruby Red Paint skin color that best matches your skin. In this example I used light beige since I have an olive complexion. If you take your time with the stipple sponge you can make the cut smoothly blend into your own skin color.
Step eleven: I took the shorter course here and took a fine round brush and some black paint and painted on some stitches. You will get a much more dramatic effect if you take some black thread and cut it into pieces about 1/4 of an inch long. Then take a toothpick and push the ends into the wax to make it look like real stitches. Make the stitches go over the cut on one side of the cut and make it look like the stitched broke on the other side.
Step twelve: Now take your gel blood and fill up the cut with blood. Make sure you have at least some blood dripping out on one side or the other. Now you have finished your scar and are sure to catch the attention of many. Be careful to not bump or drag your hand on anything as this will mess up your work of art. You can make these scars anywhere but it best if you do it on a harder surface like the forehead.
The bullet wound is probably the second most popular use of the Ruby Red Paint special effect wax. Start off by repeating steps one and two above. The only difference is you might wish to use a smaller amount of wax.
Step three: Push the ball of wax onto the skin surface and press it onto the skin all around the ball. Make sure you make it transition onto the skin all of the way around. Remember the tip to make sure you use the wax to cover the skin where the blood will be dripping.
Step four: I just took the end of a highlighter marker and pushed it into the center of the wax mountain. This made a perfectly round bullet hole and it makes a nice clean hole almost to the skin surface. You can do this same effect for a large wound on the chest using more wax and a bigger hole. Pushing down hard in the center with the marker also helps stick the wax to the skin.
Step five: Using the stipple sponge and some black paint darken the wax and skin surface to start the bruising effect. Remember to only use a drop of water. If you get too much water then it blots rather than providing the bruising effect.
Step six: Now using red and your stipple sponge add more color to the wound. Don't worry about the actual hole as that will come later. Then do the same thing only using your skin tone paint.
Step seven: Take your brush and some black paint and totally paint the inside of the hole. This gives it plenty of depth.
Step eight: All you have to do is take the gel blood and fill in about half of the hole with blood and of course you would want to add the obligatory drip falling out of the hole. So you can see just how easy it is to create these special effects in just minutes. The more time you spend with the stipple sponge the more realistic the wound will appear when finished.

bby Gary Cole


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