Ready Made Prosthetics
- What do the symbols mean under some of the product images?
- What’s the difference between single use and reusable prosthetics?
- If I buy a single use and a reusable version of the same appliance, what will the differences be?
- How do I go about choosing a base colour for my prosthetic?
- How do I apply the ready made prosthetics?
- How long will they stay on for?
- Can you recommend adhesives and blood products?
- How do I remove them?
- What is the packaging like for the First Aid Simulation and Tactical Medic kits?
- Are there any health and safety risks?
- Where can I learn more about prosthetic application skills?
- Can you issue an invoice for a bulk order rather than buying through the website?
- Can you provide customised prosthetics?
- Do you sell your products wholesale to distributors?
Our prosthetics are suitable for a number of uses, the symbols are a simple guide showing what purposes we would advise they are used for.
|Theatre|| Casualty Simulation
||Film & Television
There are two main factors; softness and the edges. For a prosthetic to look completely realistic it needs to be flesh like and move naturally when worn, so the edges of the appliance need to be able to blend seamlessly into the wearer’s skin.
Blending the edges into the skin means they dissolve away and when the appliance is removed from the subject, the soft material it is made of inevitably gets damaged. For those reasons you have a prosthetic that can only be used once and are thus ‘single use’ appliances, designed primarily for use in film, television and theatre.
To make a prosthetic reusable it needs to be manufactured in a firmer rubber, so that it will survive repeated use and repeated application of adhesives. For this reason the edges can’t be tissue thin as they will get damaged quickly and consequently, a reusable appliance can’t be blended as perfectly. Reusable appliances are primarily designed for training in casualty simulation scenarios where total realism isn’t the primary objective.
Of course it’s not always clear cut that you would only use single use prosthetics for film, television and theatre and reusable for casualty training and simulation only. There are instances where either discipline can use the other’s approach; some of the larger appliances such as the “Large Open Fracture” for example, are designed to be strapped on under clothing rather than glued to the skin. In such cases the edges aren’t important as the effect is shown through torn and damaged clothing which hides them. This approach works well for live casualty simulation scenarios as well as film, television and theatrical make-up. In addition many (but not all) of the appliances can be manufactured as both reusable and single use, as the modelling on the appliances is suitable for working in both ways.
Single use appliances will be very soft to the touch as they are made with a platinum silicone gel which mimics the softness and feel of flesh. The appliance will be all one colour (whichever you choose out of the 4 available) so all the colouration to match to the surrounding skin and to highlight the details in a wound for example, are done by you once you have applied the prosthetic. The appliance will come with a ‘flashing’ attached via a tissue thin edge. This flashing helps protect the delicate edge from curling and getting damaged before use. The edge and the ‘skin’ of the appliance are made from a urethane plastic which is also used to make baldcaps. This plastic acts as an encapsulate for the silicone gel as well as creating an edge which can be dissolved with acetone or 99% isopropyl alcohol. The appliance will be on a ‘former’ if it’s a large appliance (such as a neck) to keep its shape, or come flat packed if it’s a smaller appliance. Once the prosthetic has been applied to a subject, on removal it will tend to break up and the edges will be ruined so it can’t be used again.
Reusable appliances are made from a tougher, 10 shore A silicone rubber. They’re more durable and are firmer to the touch than real skin. The entire piece is manufactured from a silicone rubber so the edges won’t blend with alcohol or acetone as the single use appliance edges will. The reusables already have a small amount of additional colouration mostly in the wounds, in order to achieve a more instant effect when applied and to reduce the amount of ‘make-up’ required on top of them. When removed, if applied with adhesive, the appliance can be carefully cleaned and be good to use again and again.
To keep things simple we’ve used the most commonly used make-up palette available, Premiere Product’s Skin Illustrator palette, as the guide for our base colours. This means if you’re trying to choose the best base colour to match to your subject’s skin, simply take an illustrator palette and hold it up next to your subject’s face and choose which of the four base colours we supply is closest to their skin tone. If in doubt it’s always better to go with the slightly paler colour option as that will be easier to warm up rather than a darker shade which is much harder to lighten afterwards with make-up.
If you don’t have a Skin Illustrator palette then you can use the colour samples on the website as a guide. Please be aware however that we can’t account for variations in how monitors display colours so it is unlikely to be an exact match. Remember an exact match isn’t necessary just as long as you’re in the right ball park to begin with, as the final matching to the subject’s skin is done afterwards with make-up colours.
Although we use the colours shown on this site as a guide when mixing the base colours for the prosthetic appliances, we can only produce a close approximation. Each time we receive a new batch of material we have to re-mix our colours so there is always a possibility of minor colour variations between batches. However this is only very minor and would make no significant difference should you be using these prosthetics over a period of time in situations that require continuity.
Each product is supplied with basic application instructions. In addition an instructional DVD will very soon be available showing techniques for applying, blending and colouring our prosthetics.
This totally depends on which kind of appliance you have, which adhesive you use and the situations they are used in. If the appliance is applied with a water soluble adhesive and the wearer then sits in a hot bath, then it’s clearly not going to last very long! You always need to consider the circumstances in which the appliance is being used before deciding the best adhesives for the job.
There are a variety of these products o the market. We recommend that you contact our main supplier Mouldlife and their staff will be able to advise you on which products are appropriate for your needs.
Tel: + 44 (0) 1638 75 06 79
Use a specialist remover, details of which are on the instruction sheet supplied.
Plain and practical; we use robust brown cardboard carriage boxes, plastic zip lock bags, vac sheets, bubble wrap and foam to ship these items in. This is because we do not want to increase the retail price by adding unnecessary, branded packaging or make-up kit bags which can be very expensive. These products are hand made for each customer rather than designed to be displayed in shops so the packaging needs only to do its job properly, in protecting the products during shipping.
The appliances themselves are made from completely skin safe materials. Care must always be taken when using any prosthetic adhesives and colours so be sure to follow the instructions of the products you choose to use.
There are many resources available from internet forums to courses. We run our own prosthetic application courses at the Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio and our range of DVDs also covers this subject.
MFX Warehouse sells only the exact products which are displayed on this website, however our parent company Millennium FX Ltd makes bespoke prosthetics to customers’ specifications. Please be aware that a custom made prosthetic will be more expensive than a ready made equivalent.
Please contact Millennium directly to discuss your requirements:
Tel: +44 (0) 1494 77 55 76