View Full Version : Any one know where to get squibs?

10-27-2005, 11:09 PM
and bulk stage blood? sorry if this isnt the right forum.

10-28-2005, 12:20 AM
Bulk stage blood can be purchased at most any make-up supply place. You can even make it yourself.

A typical recipe:
Clear corn syrup (Karo is one brand name)
Red food color
Blue food color

Do several tests to find out the mixture you like best - it usually takes only a drop or two of blue per quart. I use black coffee rather than water to thin the syrup and make it more opaque.

Add a little photoflo (from Kodak) so it doesn't bead up as much. But not if you're using it in an actors mouth! Add a little liquid dish washing soap to make it stain less.

A squib is an explosive. You must be licensed to buy them.

10-28-2005, 03:47 AM
Halloween stores are in season right now, and they sell fake blood by the bucketfull. :)

10-28-2005, 10:44 AM
Squibs... hmmm very diffiuclt these days. Blood is easy (for bulk mix red food colouring, chocolate syrup and wahsing up liquid - I don't suggest drinking it but it looks amazing).

As for explosives... days are gone when anyone could buy these. You'll need a license and I would suggest NEVER doing a squib shoot without a pro who know sthere stuff. If you can find one of them then they will be able to get the bangs or you.

Alternatively gun shots can be created by CGI very easily if again you can find teh right person!

Phil Hobden
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07-15-2007, 05:30 PM
If doing the corn syrup blood, add a little non-dairy creamer powder or something else to make it more opaque. Play around, see what works for you. The Ben Nye stuff isn't bad, although the mint flavor is a bit much for me.

You can do air pressure squibs- there's plenty of tutorials online for doing that. A bit limited in that they can't blow through costume, so there has to be a small hole already there, but it can be effective, it's super cheap, no insurance headaches like you can have with pyro squibs, and it's safe. Squibs can be less safe, can only legally be purchased or made by someone with a pyro license, and the homemade squibs I've seen or worked with in the past are often too sparky or smokey to be just right for body hits.

02-07-2008, 10:01 AM
A good way with the air pressure ones to get it to go through clothing is to score the cloth so it can push through. Just take a box cutter and cut two lines to form a 'X' right over where the blood is going to come out. That way there isn't a noticeable hole in the clothing before the time of impact.

02-07-2008, 10:18 AM
Squibs are quite dangerous and also considered illegal unless supervised and detonated by a licensed pyrotechnician. It's also incredibly easy to get similar effects much easier and safer via CGI. Here's some resources to start with:


02-11-2008, 07:22 PM
A bit more subtle than a squib, but in the film Gorky Park when Alexi Sayle's character is shot in the head, they just blew a piece of 'blood' soaked tissue at his head using a straw, and at the same time blasted the wall behind him with 'blood' splater, very effective.

Apparently they had tried squibs under make up, but Alexi's reaction to having a small explosion go off on his head was a liitle to extreme to say the least.

02-12-2008, 11:34 PM
That's pretty damn clever.