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Sculpting with Chocolate

This group is for ChocolateLife members interested in sculpting with chocolate - whether for fun or for competition showpieces.

Members: 73
Latest Activity: Apr 12

Introduction to the group

This inspiration for this group came from ChocolateLife member Wendy Buckner, who was looking to "create a meeting place is for Chocolate Artists to serve as a source of knowledge and to encourage networking.

"Sculpting is an important creative outlet for a number of chocolatiers for reasons such as: the sheer enjoyment of it, competition, to show off talent in order to “wow” their customers, or as creations for events (such as weddings or corporate events).

This group is a place to discuss sculpting: why you do it, who you do it for, techniques you wish to share, and for any troubleshooting assistance you may need. As Chocolate Artists, we have a lot to learn from each other and a lot of great work to show. In this group we can gain inspiration from each other and further our knowledge of sculpting."

Discussion Forum

molds

Started by Diane A Holland. Last reply by PHLChocolate Dec 30, 2013. 3 Replies

HI, I am a chocolatier that just received an order to make large letters from someone celebrating an old Dutch custom of letter giving.I need to make or find 10" alphabet molds. They can  use up to…Continue

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Sculpting chocolate, Mermaids, HELP!

Started by Rachel Embleton. Last reply by Karen Neugebauer Nov 28, 2013. 1 Reply

Hello fellow creative types. I would very much appreciate it if someone could help me with my dilemma. I have been asked to make a chocolate mermaid to sit atop a chocolate wedding cake…Continue

What products do you use to make your own chocolate molds for showpieces and where do you get them?

Started by Wendy Buckner. Last reply by kiran Oct 20, 2013. 6 Replies

When I make my own molds I either use gelatin or this:  (http://www.townsendatelier.com/store/knead_a_mold.php)  Knead-A-MoldIt…Continue

Laser cutting for chocolate molds

Started by Kaydee Kreitlow. Last reply by Deborah Sep 21, 2013. 3 Replies

Hello!I've been thinking about using the service Ponoko.com to get my own designs lasercut as a way to produce molds of my own design. Has anyone else attempted this? Advice/suggestions would be…Continue

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Comment by Melanie on August 15, 2010 at 11:10pm
Wow, impressive sculptures... is one wood and the other chocolate and something?
Comment by Chef Oscar Ortega on August 15, 2010 at 2:54pm

Comment by Gerhard Petzl on July 9, 2010 at 1:31am
I absolutely agree with Wendy. I honestly deeeeeeply respect the chocolate and even when I am making a 400 pounds block for a lifesized sculpture I never waste anything nor do I eat the shavings, that's a holy thing for me personally. Sometimes I am using regular Couverture, sometimes just leftover shavings...if you want to see some of the carved sculptures: ilovechocolate.at.....watch and enjoy..! Gerhard
Comment by Michael Long on June 2, 2010 at 10:25pm
Wendy, thank you for taking the time to answer my question... Just a note I would like to add. I'm retired now. And I've been in several different professions. Most of which had there little secrets, and ego's, and you can't tell anyone how I did this or that...!!! But this group here is so nice, and open to beginner questions, I'm almost overwhelmed by it... You all are so very nice. Thank you...
Comment by Wendy Buckner on June 2, 2010 at 11:06am
Not a dumb question Michael! I typically use the same chocolate that I use in my other products that we make in my shop. Never a fine single origin chocolate though. I save the best for the pralines and truffles. When you work with chocolates on a larger scale for resale, most of the time you are required to, or need to order hundreds of pounds at a time. This being said, there is always some extra for use in creating a sculpture, or trying new recipes. I feel that when I work on a sculpture, it is a work of art and I never feel a desire to eat it...maybe that is because I am around chocolate ALL day! It is an incredible medium to work with and once you get started with sculpting...it is hard to not want to do it all of the time!
Comment by Michael Long on June 2, 2010 at 12:06am
I'm trying to not ask a dumb question, But what kind of chocolate does one use for Sculpting...? Chocolates are so expensive, and I don't know if I could work on a piece without eating half of it before it was done... I would never beable to finish the darn thing... So do you use a lesser grade of chocolate, or what...? Thank you, like I said this wasn't meant to be a dumb question... Thank you again... mike
 

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