Step 7: Remove the plasticine from the moulds

Turn over the nest to expose its open base and pull out all of the plasticine. Carefully winkle out all the little bits that will try to cling on or hide in tiny cracks. If any large chunks seems really stuck, it might be a good idea to trim some of mould away so that the same doesn't happen with the chocolate later. Give the mould a thorough wash under hot, soapy water.

You can see here that I failed to use a proper release agent, so was left with a heavily stained mould. This required hours of painstaking scrubbing with an old toothbrush to clean fully. Don't make the same mistake: check that your plasticine and release agent are compatible with your silicone before you start the project.
thats awesome. did you eat it?
Thanks! I resisted eating it for about a week, but have just started to pick it apart from the base upwards. Yum.
This is very realistic chocolate sculpture. WOW. I loved how your chick looks like a dragon baby rather than a real chick. It looks lethal. &lt;3<br><br>Can you make a guess on what happened with your mold release? Is there a way that I can find out before buying an item to know whether a mold release is compatible with the silicone or not?
Ha, maybe it is a dragon. Just to be safe, I should eat it before it learns how to breathe cocoa-scented fireballs.<br><br>My main problem is that I attempted this project without using any sort of mould release agent. I did a small test run using a different brand of plasticine and that turned out fine without a release agent, so I assumed that it would be fine for all plasticines. Then when I tried it a second time, the plasticine stuck to the silicone. I've read online that some plasticine which contains sulphur can cause awkward reactions with silicone, so that might have been the problem with my second batch.<br><br>Unfortunately, I can't tell you any way to find out about compatibility of specific materials, other than testing for yourself. I can tell you, however, that using an oil-based release agent with hugely decrease the chances of the plasticine sticking to the silicone.<br><br>Good luck and let me know how it turns out!
This is amazing dude, well done... I expect it's in the post to me now yeah?
Of course! I've just realised that I, um, forgot to put a stamp on it. Er yes, that would explain why it might be returned to its sender, right?
Wow, this turned out beautifully! Fantastic job, and very thoroughly explained. <br />I definitely appreciate the "how not to" segments - they're often the most valuable.
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!<br>Sometimes I think I could write whole Instructables on how not to make things... *sigh*
WOW! This is very easy to follow as well as simply amazing! I'm going to have give this a try, with your instructions I actually think I can pull it off! 5 stars!
Thanks, poofrabbit. If you do try it out, I'd love to see what you make! Feel free to post photos in the comments...
cool! I wondered how this was done, thanks for sharing!
Well, I'm not sure if this is how it's usually done, but it seems to work!

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