I think the best way to explain how this project came about is by saying a few things bumped into each other happily this happened... Firstly I have been doing a bunch of carvings recently and enjoying every second of it. Secondly a friend of mine told me about siligum and wouldn't shut up about how awesome it is for making food safe fabtastic moulds for casting assorts (she is a prop maker for TV so was actively casting puppet eyeballs with it) and i am planning to get married so I'm currently developing ideas for things like ladies favor's and wedding cakes which will blow people away with how awesome they are.

So being that I already had a few great things that I had made around to make molds of I decided to experiment.
~I bought a pretty reasonably priced pack of Silicone Moulding Paste and chocolate and set off on a bit of an experimenting adventure.

I have made moulds before but these tend to be in rubbers and algenate ect.. This was my first experience with siligum after researching it and its properties. I would defiantly recommend it as one of the easiest and quickest ways to make a mould there are.

Step 1: Grab the Thing You Want to Mould and the Siligum

I am lucky enough to have a few projects about the place at the moment.

If you would like to see how i made them follow these handy dandy links


I started with 300g of siligum and used about 2/3 of this amount making 3 castings

<p>Amazing idea, man, I would never though of it. One piece of advice for the novice in cooking - don't melt the chocolate in the microwave, it won't harden later. I made that mistake when I tried to make banana oreos xD They were still delicious, but I had to eat them with a spoon</p>
<p>lol I heard that it wasn't a good idea but have never tried it. I have always tryed to barely melt the chocolate . working on the lowest temperature possible and letting it set as slowly as possible to allow the chocolate to crystallize/ set in the biggest most snappy ways possible. Knowing that microwaving has this effect makes me wonder if this can be used in any way.. I have been looking to improve my hot chocolate recipe .. At the moment it includes chocolate spread and whipped cream and results in the user having a moment where they re evaluate there life to include more hot chocolate experiences in the near future. I will have to experiment with banana orios. They sound like a winning combination. </p>
Awesome. I recognized your carvings right away. That siligum stuff looks awesome. I'm going to have to try it out.
<p>Thank you. <br><br>I thought it would be nice to use something which people can make for themselves as the item to be cast. And I love the idea of being able to see every part of a make, so using these carvings seemed like a great idea. Its a great feeling when people recognize your work and make nice comments. <br><br>PS congratulations on your recent success with the animals contest. I'm sure you will have a world of fun with the action camera.</p>
Thank you.
<p>Love it! Glad to have possibly played a small inspirational roll for the choco tiki eggs! They turned out nicely!</p>
<p>lol I made the first tiki eggs with a much more time intensive process which involves clay and building walls out of lego to avoid spill out (if you make moulds then working with lego is a real time saver rather than creating new boxes for everything) the results from each method are pretty good but this method is a lot easier and cheaper. <br><br>PS you defiantly played a big roll in seeding the idea of sending a carton of tiki eggs to my friend in Madeira.</p>
<p>These are amazing! I love that you used your beautiful carvings to make these delicious looking gorgeous chocolates!</p>
<p>Hey thanks. I love that the instructables community is so supportive. I'm sure other people will be able to take this as a starting point and make all sorts of amazing treats useing their creations or things they know would be cool.</p>
<p>That siligum looks like excellent stuff! </p><p>It would be perfect for a handful of projects I've got brewing in the back of my mind. Thank you for sharing this!</p>
<p>Not a problem. I'm glad its already coming in useful. I think there's a few different distributes not all of them say food safe so if you are thinking about using it for food just make sure you pick up the right one. I will probably experiment a little in the future adding pigment and the like to see if it can be used for things other than the mould. Like the casting. Certainly when I was told about it for the first time I became swamped with ideas for how it could be used.. I think the best thing to do is experiment. Best of luck with your plans.</p>
<p>Nicely done. I may have to try this soon.</p>
<p>I would really recommend it. The silicone moulding compound is the easiest mould making system i have ever come across. Occasionally I restore old picture frames and the like and have in the past used a re usable rubber. For the amount of hassle it takes and the lack of hassle this stuff takes I am defiantly changing my go to tool to this.. Also fantastic that it fits in a kit bag and doesn't need any heat to work, an doesnt react to most stuff.. Its fantastic stuff. </p>

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