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Easter egg moulding!

Why spend up to £10 to buy an Easter egg that may have very little chocolate in it, when you can mould your own at half the price, and have the bonus of giving a personalised gift?!

I had grown up with the notion that to create Easter eggs, you had to melt chocolate and brush it in layers into the mould, building it up over time to a descent thickness. Although a great little hobby project for creating a handful of eggs, this just takes far too long if you want to create a large number of them. It also isn't nearly as adventurous as I would like!

To complete this project, you will need...
Chocolate (well duh!)
Cadbury mini eggs (for the dotty effect)
An Easter egg mould
3 Elastic bands
Selotape
A K'Nex Roto moulding machine (see my instructable of how to build one of these here)
 
 
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Step 1: Build the machine

This one is fairly self explanatory - in order to roto-mould your Easter eggs, you will need to build the roto-moulding machine. The full instructions for this are on another of my instructables, or you could build your own machine!
The basic principle is simple; the machine spins the mould in all directions, causing the melted material inside to be washed around the outside until it coats it. Magic!

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

I managed to purchase the moulds for about 99 pence in a stationary store in the UK, but you can easily get them on eBay or craft shops online.
Now you get to choose your chocolate. Depending on how much money you want to spend, you can vary what quality chocolate you buy. In the end, despite the photo, we bulk bought a pile of cadbury's dairy milk from costco to make ours.
Pop it in the microwave to melt it, but be careful not to burn it!

Step 3: Crush the mini eggs

Picture of Crush the mini eggs
To create the 'speckled' effect of the eggs and to give it an extra texture, we bought mini eggs and crushed them in the bag with a rolling pin. We then mixed these into the melted chocolate!
That DIY rotocaster is awesome
wilgubeast1 year ago
Easily the most delicious-looking project that uses K'NEX. Good work!
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