DIY Ballistic Gel

Earlier today, we looked at DIY ballistic glass, so we decided to look into DIY ballistic gel as well. Anyone who watches Mythbusters is probably already well familiar with their extensive use of this wonderful gel. Turns out the stuff is beyond easy to create at home. With some gelatin molds (and firepower) you could have a lot of fun with it.

To get started, pick up a box of gelatin powder from your local supermarket. Using 8 oz. of the powder and 2 quarts of cold water, stir together until the consistency is thick and all powder moist. Then, place the mixture in the fridge to chill for two hours. You will then need to heat the mixture until melted; be sure the liquid does not exceed 130 degrees. Finally, apply a layer of nonstick spray to your favorite mold or tupperware, and pour the mixture in. Allow to set in the fridge for 36 hours before use.

If you want even more DIY ballistics, check out this nice guide to creating your own chronograph, for measuring bullet velocity. After the break are videos on making and, of course, shooting the final product.

14 thoughts on “DIY Ballistic Gel

  1. ever heard of a presure cooker? any idea how cold water boils in nepal… BIG diference. water can get to 130deg.c with out much trouble if its in the right place. wrong place and goodluck going over 70deg.c

    ballistic fabric request +1

  2. True, but in general water boils at 100 celsius. I doubt anyone would try to tell someone to boil water at 130 celsius without specifying special equipment.

    Anyway, I think that I’m going to have to find a reason to make
    ballistic gel… just because it’s so awesome. ;)

  3. dude water’s boiling point changes with altitude above or below sea level

    also ballistic gel is some amazing stuff i just wish they had tried it on different blocks so we could see the real difference

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