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Hunter cosplay: getting blood to show? 
23rd-Aug-2011 11:51 pm
Hi guys!

So, I'm finishing up my Hunter cosplay last minute.. and I was having trouble getting the blood to show up.

I have the bottle of fake blood from Party City and it is super dark on the navy blue hooded jacket. Is there any way to make it brighter or anything I could use as a substitute? I have red spray paint somewhere, is there a way to use that or would the bright red be too unbelievable?

24th-Aug-2011 04:12 am (UTC)
I would say use cow's blood... I did that one year for a Zombie Walk in my home City. Kinda sucks though..., looks like you just spilled coffee on yourself, and everyone around you just kinda thinks you smell like a steak.
24th-Aug-2011 04:13 am (UTC)
It'll show up brighter on your face, hands, and the tape parts of the costume, so the dark parts on the hoodie should look fine.
24th-Aug-2011 07:11 am (UTC)
I would try some kind of paint. Just a word of caution when using fake blood on costumes, please use something that will not easily transfer to someone else's costume or get on furniture or carpet etc. It really sucks when you've worked hard on an outfit that isn't supposed to have blood on it and someone in the crowd bumps into you and leaves you with fake blood everywhere. :(
24th-Aug-2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
I always use red fabric paint (the kind in the little squeeze bottles). You can make realistic spots and drips with it! Just be careful not to overdo it or your clothes can shrink a bit!
24th-Aug-2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Really? But won't the red be too bright, or does it dry a bit darker?
24th-Aug-2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
If you put it on thick it looks like bright dripping blood but if you make it a little thin and rub it in it'll be darker and look like dried blood. There's usually different shades of red too so just get a darker one instead of the ketchup red type ones.
27th-Aug-2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! It worked like a charm!!!
24th-Aug-2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
I have that exact bottle and I used red, green, and black food coloring to make it darker and redder. Keep testing it on a piece of fabric until it dries the way you like it. It worked out awesome for me and doesn't fade.
24th-Aug-2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Food dye would change it? As it stands, the blood in the bottle does not show up at ALL.. it's a dark blue. You think I could make it show up better using food dye, even though the fabric is so dark?
24th-Aug-2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't really read your post that well, haha! It does change the color quite a bit but I guess if you're trying to make it lighter.. probably not. I used it on white fabric so I was able to change the color really easily with food dye.
24th-Aug-2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
What if you used a combination of a lighter red fabric paint with the fake blood? See how that blends?
27th-Aug-2011 02:54 am (UTC)
That worked out best! I tried just the fabric and it was too bright, so I mixed them and it came out perfectly! Thank you!
25th-Aug-2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I've done quite a few zombie costumes and for bloody clothes I use fabric paint. I usually mix red, brown, and black so it's not all one exact color and I can get it to look like dried blood and fresh blood based on the ratios of colors used. Best thing about this is it looks disgusting but you don't have to worry about getting blood on other people's costumes.
27th-Aug-2011 02:55 am (UTC)
I'll keep that in mind for when I run out of this bottle of fake blood : ) Thanks!
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