How many readers here have ever attempted to make something remotely similar to ballistics gel? For
those of you who have tried, I would love to hear your tips after you read about my first attempt.
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Mary and I am a stay at home “Domestic Engineer” and
mother to very rambunctious 3 and 7 year old boys. I love to refinish furniture and do other DIY tasks at
home. I have been with 1MMAGC since the beginning of 2013 performing various tasks within the
organization. The latest is to help create DIY projects on a monthly basis. If you do end up creating
something that was showcased here, we would love to see your pictures as well as any changes you
made. Be sure to follow along, and give us some feedback. I personally would love to know what you all
want to see created, so please feel free to let us know!
For my first post, I decided to try to make something that very slightly resembled ballistics gel (more so a
large Jello Giggler) and what I thought sounded cool to attempt. This is definitely nowhere near actual
ballistics gel for many reasons, but interesting none the less. If you are interested in being incredibly
scientific, and have a lot of money (and patience) to spend making the real thing, you can find actual
specifications online. I consulted 3 different recipes found online and chose one that appeared the most
simple. Since I do not have the luxury to walk out to my backyard and shoot, nor do I want officers at
my door, the testing will be bullet less. I apologize in advance for the less than exciting test results.
Here is what you will need:
Packets of Original Unflavored Gelatin (I used Knox)
The Knox Gel packets I am using are 1 oz packets each. The recipe calls for 2 packets per 1 cup of warm water. I used all four packets, so I used 2 cups of warm water.
Slowly stir in each packet in the water and make sure to keep stirring. If you do not continue stirring while pouring, the gelatin will clump up.
Once it is completely stirred pour it into the plastic container. I decided to grease my container just in case it sticks. Personally it appears that I am creating a giant Jello Giggler that resembles chicken broth. If anyone tries this and ads dye to it, let me know how that works out. As you can see, I would need about four more cups of water and eight more packets of gelatin to make a large square block.
At this point, you need to put the container in the freezer for 30 minutes. After that you will take it out and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. It will look like giggly chicken broth.
You will then refrigerate this giant giggler for 30 minutes. After the refrigeration time ends, return the container to the freezer and keep it in there for 12 to 14 hours.
When the container comes out, there may be a sheet of ice on it as there was with mine.
I needed to pry it out of the container a little bit. You can run it under warm water to loosen it, or put it in the microwave for a few seconds. I decided to run it under water to loosen it from the container.
As you can see mine still has a lot of ice crystals around the edges making it very hard to see from a side angle into the gel. This definitely comes out very thick in consistency, much thicker than Jello. It has a cool spring feeling to it, and does not fall apart when you cut into it. For the demo I just used a very sharp kitchen knife.
Here I cut away an edge so that you can see into the gel. It is really hard to see the knife indent once I pull the knife out, but it does leave a pattern. I couldn’t get the detail very well on the camera. As it melts, it becomes a little more clear as well.
I would definitely try this again, but on that larger scale. This would probably work with air soft guns/ BB guns, but to shoot this with even a .22 would most likely destroy it. It would be a lot of fun though, and if anyone here decides to try this and actually shoot it, show us your pictures!
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