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I like this for a Halloween offering.

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The effect is achieved by filling a powder-free latex glove with water and freezing it.

I'd like to step it up a notch by making the hands look like bloody stumps. My punch is a great slimy green made with lime sherbet, and the hands themselves will be a touch brown. How can I make the wrists of the hands look like they've been chopped off with an axe?

  • Marzipan comes to mind. It is malleable and keeps form well and can be colored with any amount of chocolate powder to achieve the skin color you desire. The cut surface can be colored red (not sure what colorant to use) and the bone left uncolored. – Mischa Arefiev Oct 26 '14 at 11:19
  • @MischaArefiev That would be great if I were looking to put a lot of effort into it. I'm hoping to find something a bit simpler. I'll be refreshing the punch several times over three hours or so. I want to make a few hands and replace them as they melt. – Jolenealaska Oct 26 '14 at 11:32
  • Meat cleaver? You might try the latex glove trick, but with double strength gelatin and food colorings; before and/or after the jello sets. – Wayfaring Stranger Oct 26 '14 at 14:07
  • What if you fill your glove with water, then tie off the opening as close to the hand as possible, and freeze it - then cover your frozen glove with another latex glove, cut little triangles or slits out of the wrist of the outer glove and dip them in a mixture of red gelatin (like raspberry or cherry) with a little water (enough to stick to the glove but not drip off) then freeze that. I'm thinking that the wrist shredding with gelatin might give the impression of a hand ripped from an arm. Plus the gelatin would dissolve slowly - maintaining the impression. – Stephen Eure Oct 26 '14 at 14:20
  • More answers! Fewer comments!! – Jolenealaska Oct 27 '14 at 23:43
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Part of the problem with trying to do this is that you have to select something that's going to stand up to the liquid. I have a possible solution, but the problem is that the hand itself is going to deteiorate in the process.

  1. Find a glove that's longer, so you have enough "wrist" to work with.
  2. Insert two white plastic rods into the glove as the arm bones; Trim to length so youcan still seal the glove.
  3. Fill with blood orange juice (not always the easiest thing to come by; I have to go to an italian specialty market that imports it) or cherry jello.
  4. Freeze
  5. Trim the glove to expose the wrist & bones.

If you can't find longer gloves, it might still be possible to make an enclosure to hold the glove upright while it freezeds. The problem is, you need to put enough pressure on the sides of the glove so that the palm doesn't balloon out too much. It might be easier to freeze the glove normally (with a weight on top to shape the palm), remove the glove, transfer it to a new one, drill to insert the 'bones', then freeze the 'wrist' portion in the new glove.

other notes :

  • it might be possible to add gelatin to the blood orange juice so it'll last longer; I don't know acidic the liquid can be for gelatin to still set. (do not use agar; it won't work).
  • as an alternative to the plastic bones, the only other thing that I can think of (other than using real bone), would be a panna cotta (milk jello) but maybe use coconut milk as it's a brighter white). But you want the bone to stay solid while the rest of the hand is deteriorating around it.
  • normally when you do this, the "hand" melts, but the glove still contains the liquid that was in it. In this case, as the wrist is exposed, the liquid is going to slowly leak out. For this reason, it might be good to fill the fingers with something solid (or test how quickly jello or similar hold up in liquids over time.

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