Moulage of the Month: Industrial Wound, Burn Secondary to Explosion

Moulage of the Month: Industrial Wound, Burn Secondary to Explosion

By Bobbie Merica Jan 12, 2017


8–10 minutes (does not include dry time).

Skill Level:


Supplies: (Shop for all your moulage needs!)

Moulage gel, flesh

Setting powder, translucent

Make-up, black non-staining

Make-up, burn red non-staining

Make-up, maroon non-staining

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Tongue depressor

Paint brush, small

Paint brush, large

Make-up Sponge


Using a small paint brush, spread a thin layer (approximately 1/8" thick) of combined moulage gel, flesh over the skin, stretching upward to create a large abstract shaped approximately 3" x 4" (Figure 1).

Working quickly, blend the outer perimeter into skin. To blend: Using the flat edge of your utensil, smooth the perimeter of the gel edges outward, thinning the material. Allow gel to air dry for 2–3 minutes or (depending on humidity) and dry to the touch (Figure 2).

Using the end of a tongue depressor or rounded edge instrument, create large indentions or craters into the moulage, and lifting carefully along the edge to create a skin edge (Figure 3).

To "degloss" the gel and blend into victims skin tone, apply translucent setting powder. Using a make-up sponge that has been dipped in powder (gently tap edge of brush to container to release the excess powder), blot the surface of the gel until matte or no longer shiny (Figures 4, 5).

Create wound dimension: Using a small paint brush that has been dipped in a red moulage gel, paint the skin surface, inside of the exposed area or crater, using a gentle blotting motion. Using the tip of the brush, coat the (inside) skin surface, blotting lightly as it dries to create wound depth and visual texture (Figure 6).

Using a large paint brush that has been lightly dipped into red make-up, (to the lower edges of the brush only) create 1st degree burns and abrasions by applying reddening to the skin using a gently blotting technique (Figure 7).

Using a large paint brush that has been lightly dipped into maroon make-up, (to the lower edges of the brush only) create areas of texture by applying maroon color randomly over the reddened skin areas (Figures 8, 9).  

Using a large paint brush that has been lightly dipped into black make-up, (to the lower edges of the brush only) create smoke residual and char marks by lightly blotting black colorant over the skin, edges of clothing and hairline.


Station 1, Rescue 1332 respond Code 3, Cattralia No. 12 mine & Quarry at Industrial Junction. Reports of Multiple Injuries. City Fire in route 1600. Dispatch clear.

On Scene:

Front entry of mine shaft entrance. Using a make-up sponge, apply white makeup to the face of adult simulator patient, blending well along jaw line. Create burn patter over hands, lower arms, chest, neck and face. Place victim laying flat on ground on top of multiple pieces of large and small rubble. Using clear gel, create ear drainage by placing a small drop of gel at opening of ear (do not place inside ear).

Create beads of sweat on the skin by applying a light mist of pre-made sweat mixture to the forehead, chin and upper lip of patient. Instruct patient to appear awake but dazed, speak in a horse voice and cough intermittently. Create a multi-casualty rescue scene by placing multiple simulators dressed in charred clothing near the explosion site. Instruct patient to make unsuccessful attempts to move toward the rescuers when they arrive on scene.

Use in Conjunction With:

Odors: Smoke

Odors: Explosion


Cleanup and Storage:

Carefully remove wound from burn wound from simulator; using a soft cloth, lift the wound around the edges of the gel. Using a gentle upward motion, continue to peel away the wound until all gel has released from the skin. Using a soft clean cloth or make-up remover towel, remove the make-up and any remaining product residue from the skin per manufactures instructions.

Bobbie Merica is a medical/trauma moulage expert, author and owner of Moulage Concepts Inc., a nationwide moulage company specializing in training, supplies and certification. Utilizing best-practice techniques, Bobbie's teaching methods have simplified the complex, enabling everyone to create Moulage that is quick, cost effective and convincing. Get her free tutorial blog with expert weigh-in at and join us in creating moulage that looks, feels, sounds and even smells like the real thing!


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