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Working on a micro budget short horror movie and need a recipe, or source, for non staining blood. Scenes will have blood splatter on table, wall, and photo, as well as on actors. Would like something that will not stain skin, clothes, or location. Blood does not have to last long, but must look good on video.
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Hmmm...it never occurred to me that there was a non-staining version of fake blood.

I'm not being snarky but I just googled these links so I've no experience with any of these recipes. Someone else here might know better.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Washable-Non-staining-Stage-Blood-by-the-Gallon/

http://fakebloodrecipes.com/2012/10/01/recipe-non-staining-fake-blood/


It also never occurred to me that there would be an entire site dedicated to fake blood. Not sure why that surprised me since, well the internet has everything now.
http://fakebloodrecipes.com/
 

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Roger,
Thanks for the links. I saw a couple of links, including the instructables one, when I searched, but could find no responses where it was tested as to staining. I was hoping someone on here had tried and found one that was non-staining. Don't know how I missed the fake blood website, but I may try that one and see how it looks on video. Since it's a micro budget production, we have a very limited number of shooting days and bringing actors back for reshoots with short notice would be difficult.
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I checked the links above and did not see the recipe I used years ago. This was developed for a show where the blood was onstage for about half of the second act. It needed to 'behave' like real blood. (The play was called I'll Be Back Before Midnight). No idea if this will be of use to anyone, but wanted to share here.

Specifically, I needed the blood it to coagulate and look like real dried blood by the end of the scene.

[side note: my mother taught nurses to administer IV Drugs to patients, draw blood etc.. She consulted with me as a 'blood-expert.' She had 2 fake arms with rubber veins she would fill with blood, then put one of 3 'skins' on the arm, so nurses could practice on different ethnicities. We always had powdered blood in a cupboard]

So here's what we came up with, and according to my nurse mother, it behaved very much like real blood and was 100% washable:

1 Cup pink dishwashing liquid (cheap stuff works fine)
1 Can Chocolate Syrup (do they still sell this?)
2 oz. of glycerin
2 4oz. tubes of KY jelly
2 oz. of red liquid food coloring.

The dishwashing liquid makes it washable and acts as a quick-release agent when water is applied. The chocolate syrup makes it opaque and 'oxygenated' looking. and the glycerin + KY jelly is what makes it able to thicken and coagulate onstage.
 
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