Entry for the gift exchange Answered
My skills include: cooking, sewing, sculpting, zookeeping / herpetology, painting, puppet-making, electronics hacks for Halloween
Here's a link to my featured Instructable:https://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-a-bird-feeder-into-a-wild-bird-waterer/
What I'd like to make for someone:
I love gift exchanges but I lived in apartments for many years, so I know that sometimes it is best to receive a memorable but consumable gift.
For my gift entry, I will create special chocolates from a custom sculpture designed for the recipient. I have been casting art in chocolate for several years. First, I make a sculpture using special food-safe clay. Then I take a mold using special food-safe silicon mold material. And finally, I cast the sculpture in chocolate, using powdered sugar as a mold release.
You tell me what the recipient likes and I'll make the sculpture to match their interests. I can also cast one piece in acrylic if that would be desirable, so the recipient will have a memento after the chocolates are eaten. Note, however that after I cast with acrylic, the mold will be unusable for food, so it will all be a one-of-a-kind food art experience. Transient, impermanent, never to be repeated.
This process is incredibly flexible, so use your imagination. Imagine a big chocolate Cthulhu surrounded by little chocolate Cthulhu minions. Or a flight of diminutive chocolate butterflies. Or a bust of lincoln. Actually, I don't think I'm that good a sculptor. Maybe I could do Beethoven.
I already have created molds for large and small Venus of Willendorf, several small calaveras, a tiny bite-sized penis, a delicate dragonfly, several sizes of scarab beetle, an ammonite fossil, and a large spider. I can send a box of any of those, or create a new one. The Venus of Willendorf are very popular with my friends. The ammonite fossils were a hit at the office.
What design would you like?
I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S,M,L) S or M (I don't think I could refrigerate L sized chocolate for a trip in the mail.)
I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: I don't want anything larger than a hat rack, unless it is for outside.
What I like: Art, light toys, knitted Cthulhu beasties, things that have been made more useful than the original designer intended
What I don't like: Things made from trash that still look like trash
I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc) No foods except for unflavored chocolatey chocolate. No herbal concoctions, soaps, essential oils, or anything like that. I have lots of plant and food allergies.
Type of thing I'd love to receive: wall art, light toys, sculpture, anything with a zombie theme, anything that has been more useful than the original designer intended
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? No, because I will have to ship the chocolates with dry ice and I'm just not sure they would let me do that, plus it would all melt sitting in customs and be a big unattractive lump by the time it arrived.
Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I am older than 18.
(opt) Here's someone who can keep a secret that knows what I like, in case you want to PM them with questions:
I will cast a few chocolates today and post better photos later.