Chocolate Santa Claus

We will need: -Sculptive clay (and smooth hands). -Table for molding. -Food grade silicone (silicone compound 1 liter). -Injection molding plastic. -Epoxy or varnish. -Brush (2 pieces). -Disposable cups (at least 4 pieces). -Wood sticks (minimum 2 pieces). - Butter, chocolate (150 grams).-Exact scales (better jewelry). -A little patience. So, let's get started. To begin with, include the imagination and draw (preferably on paper, not in the mind) the approximate sketches of your future creation. Option - to find a suitable image on the Internet - and faster, and the picture will be complete. Found? Take a bar of plasticine, knead it and (when they stop being ill from unaccustomed hands) sculpt your Grandfather Frost.
 outline of your future creation
That's so smiling The “guy” turned out to be the author. Now we need to remove the imprint from the sculpture, so that was where to pour chocolate. Take a plate for sculpting, put in the center of Santa Claus,and sculpt around it formwork all from the same clay.
 imprint from a sculpture
With the method of" sausages "we increase walls according to the growth of a figure.
build up walls
 according to the growth of the figure
The resulting miracle is“ stuck over ”with plasticine sheets and thoroughly rubbed, n leaving gaps. Silicone has increased fluidity and flows even wherever any microbe will crawl. We pay special attention to the place of contact of our giant with the “mother board” - if it flows there, then we cannot save the work. Now we mix the compound.
knead the compound​​
In this case, it is food grade silicone (we search Google for the region of residence, because the compound presented in the work is unique and not for sale, but in parts " snitch "author of the enterprise at the place of work). Option - Platinum23 (in the Ukrainian market has sanitary and hygienic conclusions about the possibility of using for food products with a processing temperature not higher than 100 C). Silicone is translucent and consists of two parts - A and B. Mix according to the instructions (in example 1 to 1 by weight, not by volume).To assess the quality of mixing in one of the components is added dye. The latter may have a non-food nature at the stage of replacing clay with plastic, and must be food when removing a copy from a plastic figure. After mixing, pour the resulting mass into the formwork and wait for the silicone to set. When we find rubber instead of liquid in the formwork, we release it from the clutches of clay.
 free it from the shackles of plasticine
The impression is ready. A knife carefully, so as not to damage the plasticine model, cut the print. We see that the model is still damaged, take a deep breath, put it aside and continue. Such an imprint should turn out.
 such an imprint
It is advisable not to cut it completely, but to leave some part of it together - it will be easier to match the halves if necessary. Next we mix the injection molding plastic. In the example used cast plastic AcsonFast19. After mixing, we will have about 3-5 minutes to pour the plastic, which is still liquid, into the mold. Naturally, before that, the print should be already compared and bound with elastic bands (threads, tape, etc.) into one whole."Where to pour?" - You ask. Comparing the halves, we will find that you can only pour in one place - in the feet, on which the Grandfather stood at the stage of silicone molding. After the injection of plastic, these holes are covered with anything (the remnants of silicone when mixing are poured onto a flat, clean surface and after hardening we will have an improvised “cork”) and firmly but gently press. You need to keep it for about 5 minutes (to make it easier, you can bind the cork to the form). Open and extract a plastic copy.
 extract a plastic copy
It is rough and in some places may have sculptor’s fingerprints (you can find them if you want you will do something wrong, and someone will reject your creation). Therefore, sandpaper gently wipe all irregularities, defects, prints, etc. Polish plastic will not work. We'll have to cover it with epoxy resin, which after freezing is completely inert and safe for humans. The example used jewelry resin MagicKrystalFast. She will give Grandpa a gloss and eliminate all undercuts. The resin is kneaded according to the instructions and applied with a thin layer with a brush.Having mixed everything according to the instructions and letting the resin harden, we create a new formwork.
 create a new formwork
Since chocolate is a fragile material, our form should be this time more voluminous. The timbering from lining, is stuck together by the same epoxy. The figure is screwed with a screw to one of the walls so that Grandfather Frost is in the thick of space and the silicone evenly envelops him. Then repeat the molding step. Remember that the dye when mixing silicone at this stage should be only food. We get a silicone form, but larger, according to the new formwork. Remove the plastic Santa Claus and lubricate the imprint from the inside with vegetable oil with a brush. Fill, like plastic, melted chocolate. After cooling, we retrieve Santa Claus.
 Chocolate Santa Claus

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