Make Your Very Own Chocolate Sculpture

If you're an artist with a sweet tooth, why not try your hand at chocolate sculpture?

We've already discussed chocolate sculpture as a rising art form, but what if you're not content to stare at the work of others? What if you want to try your hand at your very own chocolate sculpture? Relax! You don't have to be a professional artist to give it a try. There are varying degrees of sculpting, and there's sure to be one that suits you.

The Basics: Molding

The most basic (albeit least creative) form of chocolate sculpture involves molding. That's how all those chocolate Easter bunnies come about. There's a plastic or metal mold with the shape carved into it. You pour the chocolate into the mold, let it harden, remove the mold, and presto! Your very own chocolate sculpture.

It's remarkably easy but creates impressive results (especially if you neglect to mention the molding when you display your creation!). Most arts and crafts stores have chocolate molds ranging in size from tiny ones for creating custom chocolates to larger ones for displays. Or you could get creative, find a mold intended for silt (wet clay), and create your own -- just make sure it's new. There's nothing so unappealing as chunks of wet clay in your chocolate, especially if you plan to eat it.

Getting Crafty

Suppose you want to try your hand at a freehand chocolate sculpture, though. That's possible, too! In fact, chocolate sculpture is a great art form for amateurs because the medium is inexpensive, and if you mess up, you can always eat the results.

To start with, choose a theme for your chocolate sculpture. You can create two-dimensional pieces with parchment paper. Simply draw your design on the parchment paper. Cover the design with melted white or dark chocolate (do it on the back of the traced image or you might get yummy graphite mixed into your chocolate sculpture). Put another piece of parchment paper on top and gently tap the whole thing to eliminate air bubbles.

After about ten minutes, cut around the outline. Let the chocolate set completely, then remove the parchment paper to reveal the beginnings of a chocolate sculpture. Any broken pieces? It's okay -- you can "glue" them back together with melted chocolate.

Use a pastry bag full of melted chocolate in a contrasting color to embellish and add designs to your sculpture. You can repeat this as many times as you like. Once you have all the pieces, use melted chocolate to assemble them as you see fit and create your very own chocolate sculpture!

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