Step 1: Making a Model
Step 2: Making a Model (part 2)
Tip: find a good cutting surface (don't ruin your mom's table)
Step 3: Put Together
There is a trick to sliding the cardboard through itself, if you don't know how to. You have to make slots in each piece so that they slide into place. You can widen or lengthen your slots as needed to get the pieces to fit snugly.
Starting with the head pieces, just put each piece in place on the body in order all the way to the tail. Then put the legs on. It should look something like the cardboard cat shown below.
Step 4: Wrap
Step 5: Paper Mache
If you don't know how to make paper mache, use the internet, otherwise just try some ratio of flour to water with some elmers glue involved.
Apply a few layers (2~3) of paper mache thickly so that it will keep its form when moved around and cut off. Let it all dry before going to the next step. I always wait overnight with a fan on it for good measure.
Step 6: Cuts
I decided to make the following cuts:
Cut the tail off from the body, then cut the tail length-wise
Cut the head from the body, then cut the head width-wise
Cut the body in half width-wise
(if needed) cut the legs so you can get them out (I unfortunately needed to due to the feet)
This should allow you to remove all structure from the inside and leave you with just paper mache. There is an optional step here. I always follow it. That is, to duct tape the entire inside of the paper mache mold before pouring the chocolate. This prevents the head and pressure and moisture of chocolate to melt through the paper mache (this happens sometimes if you dont do this). It only takes maybe 30 mins to do the whole taping, its worth it.
Once you have your pieces cut out and duct taped, re-from the following pieces:
all legs (if cut apart)
Now duct tape those pieces together so they are solidly together. The two body halves may be connected too, even though I did not do it that way. For the body, you will have to duct tape the ends so chocolate does not get out. Now you should be ready to pour chocolate in the next step.
Step 7: The Pour
Melt some chocolate (use the internet or my chocolate dinosaur ible for more details) https://www.instructables.com/id/Chocolate-Dinosaur/
I chose to start with the tail. Make sure you always have enough chocolate for a whole pour batch for each piece when you do them. Use tin foil to prop the tail up so you can pour into it, then use a spoon to help pour the chocolate into the tail mold. Place the filled mold in the fridge or outside in the cold, etc. It can harden over the course of many hours, but in a cold place it will solidify in about 20 mins. nice.
Do the same for the cat's face. And then with the body too.
The next step will discuss how to put them all together...
Step 8: Connecting the Pieces
Melt some chocolate and pour it in, it should melt the chocolate around it (especially if you rough up the edges of the two mold pieces) and form a nice seal.
Do this so that you get something like the cat shown below. You are nearly done!
Step 9: Cut Away!
Also, make sure to check out my chocolate dinosaur!!!