Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chocolate Peas and Corn. For the next time someone asks you to eat your vegetables.

Fred asked about molding frozen peas to make Chocolate Peas and Chocolate Corn. He wanted to "mold pureed peas (and other foods) so that they look something like a "pile" (portion) of peas (or other). There are molds out there, but they look like a couple half rounded & melted peas when they are done (frozen food put in place)." You can see some great pro cooking tips on Fred's blog: . 

What a cool project! I have seen corn on the cob molded, broccoli, sliced tomatoes, and carrots, but I love the idea of a bowl of vegetables that's actually chocolate. It makes such a dichotomy to my senses between tasty chocolate and healthy vegetables :)
Chocolate Corn made with ComposiMold Mold
Chocolate Corn made with ComposiMold Mold

So it started when Fred asked us what he was doing wrong after his first attempt didn't work so well. The peas had melted and the ComposiMold was a bit guey and it wasn't a fun mold. I believe the reason for the not-so-healthy looking mold was there was too much ice with the peas so that when the water melted it damaged the ComposiMold. This was a great example of using ComposiMold for experimenting, making something very unique, and creating a challenging and fun chocolate mold.

My turn to see. I reached into the freezer and the first vegetable I pulled out was corn, so I used corn for my chocolate vegetable. I poured some frozen corn into a small bowl about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Enough to cover the bottom but not so much that the ComposiMold will run in and around all the corn pieces.

We debated whether the vegetables should be glued together or placed in jello or fondant so it would stay in place, but it was decided that we'd lose details that way. And since it's ComposiMold, I figured we could experiment. If just pouring it into a cup didn't work, we could try it again. So the frozen vegetables are in the cup, and they are not glued in position.  I could have also coated the corn with vegetable oil as a release agent, but it wasn't necessary.
Vegetable Mold with ComposiMold poured over the Corn
Vegetable Mold with ComposiMold poured over the Corn

We melted the ComposiMold, but after it was melted we didn't pour right away. We let it cool so it was thicker before pouring. This way the vegetables wouldn't float, and the ComposiMold would cool faster before any water reacted with it. After we poured the ComposiMold over the corn, we placed it back in the freezer to finish cooling and to keep the corn and ice from melting.

Then I forgot about the mold. Whoops. Several days later Fred asks me..."so? What do you think?" Sorry! I hurried down to see. 

The mold was great. I pulled out the corn. The mold was ready.

I took a piece of tape and wrapped it around the mold to make a little mold box.
Vegetable Mold with ComposiMold. The tape acts as a mold box.
Vegetable Mold with ComposiMold. The tape acts as a mold box.

I melted chocolate...first  green chocolate to make it look like Peas. And then yellow chocolate for corn.

Cooled it in the freezer.
Chocolate Poured into ComposiMold Mold.
Chocolate Poured into ComposiMold Mold.
Pulled out the mold, carefully pulled the mold away from the chocolate. And voila, a chocolate vegetable.
Green Chocolate Corn or if you squint, Chocolate Peas.

Thank you Fred for this suggestion! What do you want to see?

Go eat your vegetables.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

6 Alternatives to Fondant for Cool Cake Decorations

The joke about using fondant for cakes is you should Fon "don't". Ask 10 people if they like the taste of fondant, 6 will say the dislike the taste, 2 will like it, and 2 will not know what fondant is.

So what is Fondant?

Ingredients-wise fondant is a sugar and water paste that is used for making cake, cupcake and cookie decorations. It can sometimes have a little glycerin, corn syrup, and flavorings in it to make different flavors and colors and textures. 

Why do we use fondant for cake decorations?

So you can make beautiful and amazing cakes. The advantage of fondant is that it allows you to make unique decorations by shaping the paste either with molds, like we do with ComposiMold molds, or by hand. It looks beautiful and allows the cake decorator to make amazing creations. AND, you CAN have fondant look and taste amazing. Stay tuned, we'll talk about that below.

Why do so many people dislike the taste of Fondant?

My opinion on why people dislike the taste of fondant is that they have only tried the lousy brands. The typical fondant that people first try is the junk bought at the box store or chain art stores. The comparison would be to say you hate hamburgers because the only hamburger you've tasted came from McDonald's. There are so many incredible options out there or you can make it yourself to make extremely tasty fondant for your cakes. 

But sometimes you want other options.

Alternative to Fondant for Cake Decorating

1. Use better fondant. There's two options for using better fondant, either make it yourself or buy better brands. Making fondant is relatively easy. Many like the marshmallow flavored fondant, but other versions taste great too, if made well and with quality ingredients. The disadvantage to making your own is that it doesn't last a long time. So if you're making a cake, not only do you have to deal with the cake making, now you have the fondant making, before you even get to the cake decorating part. So it can be a huge time-saver to just use pre-made fondant, just don't use the junky fondant.
  • 1 (.25 ounce, 2 full teaspoons) package unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ½ cup glucose syrup or corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons (1oz/30g) shortening or butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Mix together. There's also tons of recipes out there for the marshmallow recipe. 

Alternatives to making your own fondant, there are many very good tasting brands out there. Of the large brands, Satin Ice  is probably on the better side. Choco-pan is nice. And Pettinance is a great taste. And they are great for mold making.

2. Use gum paste. It's very similar in texture to fondant, but is closer to the typical buttercream frosting. It's made with egg, shortening, and confectioner sugar. For the longest time, this was my go-to frosting recipe for sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies.

3. For decorations, use isomalt.  I couldn't imagine covering a cake with this, but it's great for decorations and is very popular in many cake decorating competitions. It's basically a hard candy that you can form by melting. The isomalt is not sugar based. You can find lots of isomalt options at simi-cakes

4. Use sugar candy. You know the candy apple material? It can be almost any flavor and like isomalt, you can make some amazing designs. The recipe is super easy. Check out the previous blog posting on how to make the sugar candy for mold making.

5. Chocolate! My favorite. I love chocolate. And you can make it act almost exactly like fondant by adding corn syrup. The chocolate comes in many variations. For molding decorations, you can use the chocolate as is. If you want to make it moldable, you can use modeling chocolate, or candy clay, or chocolate modeling clay as it's sometimes called. I've seen it also called chocolate plastic, which I think is a great description. Chocolate plastic is just chocolate melted and then corn syrup is added to it to give it some flexibility.

6. And if all those alternatives to fondant don't get you excited, you can use frosting. You know that's tasty, and works. 

Well, there are 6 alternatives to fondant for cake decorations. What did we forget? What alternatives do you use?

Monday, January 29, 2018

How to Make Your Own Isomalt and Hot Sugar Molds with a Food Safe Reusable Molding Putty

Isomalt is a nice sugar substitute that can be melted at relatively low temperatures.You can make some amazing shapes and designs using Isomalt for cake decorations, no-sugar candies, and cupcake toppers. You can also use pulled sugar. I'll give you the recipe we used for pouring or pressing sugar into the molds below. 

Start with the shapes that you want to make into sugar or isomalt candies. Clean these shapes well. Now prepare your molding material by softening the ImPRESSive Putty in the microwave for about 45 seconds for this 6 oz size. We also have 1.5 oz, 1 pound, and 5 pound sizes available.
Let the putty cool so it’s easy to handle without being too hot, but still moldable. You can actually let it cool to below 100 F and still form it as we do here.
And press, thus the name, the putty over your shapes. Here were using some tool shapes to emphasize that this is your tool for creative mold making.
After you have pressed it over your shapes, let the mold cool. In the freezer this takes about 20 minutes to solidify to a rubber. You know it’s ready when you press on the mold and it doesn’t leave an indentation.
Pull out your original shapes. First the adjustable wrench, and then the pliers. You will notice that the Putty is still flexible enough to bend around the shape, but firm enough for press molding.
Oh no, there’s a small hole in one of the molds.Luckily, you don’t have to worry.
Good thing this is a reusable molding material. With just a little heat, you can fix the mold or reshape it. Just take a piece of the Putty from somewhere else and reheat it. We do this with a hot air gun, but you can also use a hair dryer or other heating source. This is one of the big benefits of ImPRESSive Putty. You can re-melt and re-use any time you want. We place the pliers back into the mold to keep the shape while we reform the putty to fill the small void. Heat both parts of the mold so the parts will stick together. And just like that. In about 30 seconds we fixed this mold and we are ready to pour in the isomalt.
We melted the isomalt in the microwave.
When you pour the Isomalt into your mold, be sure it has cooled to around 200 F. For larger isomalt candies you may need to chill your mold a bit. However, you want to try not to chill it if you can so that the isomalt will flow into the crevices of your mold better, so experiment with your shape. At any time you can re-make or fix your mold, so don’t worry about breaking anything.
Now just pull out your casting and admire.
To keep a nice shiny finish, you should spray the candies with an edible glaze. 
And because this is reusable, you can re-melt or re-soften the putty Any Time You Want to make a new mold. In the video, we used a key chain of a volkswagon beetle car. Now it’s going to be a lollipop.
We used 1.5 ounces of putty for this small lollipop mold. This is the same size as our small trial size Molding Putty. Heat in the microwave for about 14 seconds, let cool so you can handle it easily, press over your shape, let cool. Cut a little slot for the lollipop stick.
Pour in your isomalt, add your lollipop stick, let cool, tada…admire.
You Can Use Sugar Candy Molds Also
Now we show this same mold with pulled sugar. Pulled sugar castings are more advanced. Let the Pulled sugar cool to about 200 F or below before pouring into your mold. Here we basically pressing the pulled sugar into the molds and use the mold as a press mold. Be careful both hot sugar and isomalt can burn. Gloves are recommended. Add in the lollipop stick and you have yourself a creative and unique lollipop and candy treat. So these are just a few things that you can make, let your creativity go wild. The ImPRESSive Putty is very easy to use, so experiment and let’s see what you make.   
The pulled sugar recipe included:
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
We also added some red food colors. We could have also added some flavorings. We cooked this on the stove to above 310 F and held it there for 7 minutes.
We then let the sugar candy cool.  When the sugar candy cools to  below 200 F, you can pour or press the sugar into the sugar molds made with the Food Safe ImPRESSive Putty. You do have to be careful that you don't pour the sugar candy into the molds while it is too hot or you will melt the molds. 
This is a great way of making very cool looking lollipops.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

9 Reasons ComposiMold Reusable Molding Materials Are Great to Have

· ComposiMold Molding Materials change the way you create unique molds and casts from almost any object. Great for duplicating in plastic, plaster, cement, silicone, resins, epoxy putty, moldable plastic, and even chocolate.
· Just take a rock wall hand hold, a fishing lure, a broken part from your R/C drone, your jewelry , your toys, your fishing lure and mold it with ComposiMold or ImPRESSive Putty by melting the molding material in the microwave and pouring or pressing it over your original part.
· Make brand new parts from broken parts and make them as good as new with this heat and pour molding material. And make NEW molds from the old mold anytime you want instantly by re-melting in your microwave.
· ComposiMold and ImPRESSive Putty can be re-melted and re-used as many times as you want and used with tons of different casting materials.
· The number one re-useable molding material and the simplest molding materials available. The molds are crisp, highly detailed molds, and gives you the ability to make complex shapes through a variety of molding techniques including 2-part molds, brush-on molds, and push molding.
· ComposiMold molding materials work with dozens of casting materials including the sharp looking ComposiCast, Composi-Stone, ComposiMold Plaster, ComposiMold Soy Wax, and many others such as fast cure cement, soaps, epoxy putties, silicone rubbers, latex, and even edible treats such as chocolate and more.
· ComposiMold works as your duplicating tool and with a long shelf-life of several years, the material can be re-melted and re-used any time you want.
· Just pour or press over your3-D printed parts, your clay shapes, your antique frame, your broken furniture pieces, your stylish trim designs, your wood sculpture, your custom artwork to duplicate your very own. Professional molding techniques you can do at home.
· ComposiMold Re-usable Molding Materials are able to replicate what you want you and can continuously be re-melted and re-used to make your ideas real like your stepping stones from cement, plaster duck decoy, copies of your wood carvings in resin, and so much more.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Casting with Plaster of Paris and ComposiMold or ImPRESSive Putty

Casting with Plaster of Paris

ComposiMold Plaster of Paris Casting from a real seashell
Seashell in Plaster of Paris
Plaster of Paris is low cost, easy to use, and makes good castings. Plaster of Paris comes as an easy-to-mix formula that mixes with water and dries to a dense, durable, and smooth and bubble free finish. Plaster of Paris is a great material to use for basic castings and molds and art projects because it is simple to mix and use. The Plaster of Paris sets in a few minutes, although it takes an hour before it is ready to be removed from the mold. It takes 24-48 hours to fully cure. Using Plaster of Paris is easy, but there are procedures to follow that will make you successful in your plaster castings.

ComposiMold Plaster of Paris Casting of frogs for a garden
Plaster Casting of Frogs
Plaster of Paris is not a plastic. It is a hard white substance made by the addition of water to powdered and partly dehydrated gypsum. It is hard like a cement or concrete but white and not as strong. So don’t use plaster for very thin castings. Basic shapes or designs that have a solid backing to them will be more successful. If you need some flexibility or stiffness in the final castings, then move to a plastic.

Creepy Plaster Casting of a Dolls Head
Creepy Plaster Casting of a Dolls Head

Materials you will need:
·         Plaster of Paris powder. For ComposiMold or ImPRESSive Putty Molds, please use our ComposiMold plaster that has been formulated to cure to a strong solid casting in these molds. By creating cure more quickly, the water in the plaster does not react with the ComposiMold or ImPRESSive Putty to give strong, hard plaster castings. You can also purchase a powder additive to add into any plaster of paris to obtain a similar affect.
ComposiMold Plaster of Paris Casting
·         Water: Use cold water to cure slower and give you more control over the reaction and give more time to fill the molds.
·         Mixing container that is large enough to hold to water and plaster. Plastic containers are nice because you can deform them afterwards to break away the hard plaster and re-use the container.
·         Measuring cup or any cup that can be used to measure out 3 parts of plaster powder to 1 part water.

Make your Plaster Castings

The ideal ratio for a Plaster of Paris mixture is 3 parts Plaster of Paris powder to 1 part water. Measure out the water and pour it into your mixing container. Some recipes suggest 2 parts plaster to water, but this will create a much weaker plaster casting. The thicker you can be while still being able to pour the better. Start with a 3 to 1 ratio and if necessary add small amounts of water to make it easier to pour.

Break any clumps of plaster up with a spoon. If you use your hands to mix, be sure to wear gloves.

When mixing the water and plaster, you should mix the powder into the water.  Pour the plaster powder into the water spreading it out over the surface of the water. After it is poured all poured in, tap the sides of the mixing container and let the plaster powder fill with water to reduce bubble formation. The plaster powder will sink into the water. When you are finished adding the plaster, it will be slightly above the surface of the water and not easily absorbed by the water.

Gently stir the plaster and water to form a nice slurry similar to a thick pancake mix.  Gentle stirring of the plaster will reduce the chance of bubbles being mixed into the mixture.
Pour the plaster into your molds. If you want to learn how to make your own molds, check out our mold making videos and get your free mold making e-book.

A couple other tips for plaster casting:
Do not pour any extra plaster down your drain. It can harden and destroy your plumbing. You can dilute the plaster so it does not create a hard plaster or let it harden and throw it away.

To make colored plaster, you can add colorants to the plaster mix while it is still in liquid/paste form. Remember that you will be adding color to white, so you will need more colorant to make darker colors. Any types of paint will work.

To paint the plaster casting after it has cured, use a layer of gesso or primer first to seal the plaster, and then you can paint the plaster any way you want.

Video of Plaster Casting of a Duck Decoy

ComposiMold Plaster of Paris Casting of an Ice Cream
ComposiMold Plaster of Paris Casting of an Ice Cream

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Making Awesome Bath Bomb Shapes DIY RECIPE and Tutorial


My daughter just returned from Lush Bath with some cool bath bomb shapes and designs, which gave me the idea for a post on molding your own bath bombs with ImPRESSive Putty, a re-usable molding material that you can use to make as many different shapes as you want.

How about a train shaped bath bomb?

R2D2 bath bomb? If you have the shape, you can make it.

FIRST, How to Make Your Bath Bomb Mold Shape using ImPRESSive Putty

The ImPRESSive Putty is a re-usable molding material that can be re-melted continously to make different shapes. I'm going to show you on a train shape, but you can use any shape that you want.Mold-wise, I wouldn't make the shapes too complicated as the bath bomb material may not be strong enough to keep it's shape. But go wild on the different fragrances, colors, and added textures.

First, soften the ImPRESSive Re-usalbe Molding Putty. For a 6 oz. size, it will take about 50 seconds in most microwaves, but microwaves will vary. Let it cool after you've heated it so you don't burn yourself.

Press over your object that you are molding and let it cool.

Now to make the bath bomb.


Dry Ingredients mixed together first:
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup citric acid

Wet ingredients mixed separately before adding together:
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 2 tsp. essential oil
  • 3 tsp. oil (olive oil)
  • food coloring (any color you want)


Mix the dry ingredients  together. And separately mix the wet ingredients. Then slowly mix the wet into the dry and mix until it's clumpy. Do not add too much of the wet ingredients or the bath bomb will begin to activate before its time. This is the hard part. If you add too much water, the bath bomb will begin to foam on its own, but too little water and it won't stick together. Start with a little and build up.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Instead of Silicone Molds, Make Silicone Castings

Silicone is a nice rubber, but is it worthwhile to use it for silicone molds?

I argue the answer is no for most mold making applications performed at home, small businesses and probably some large businesses for prototype work and the construction industry. Stop wasting your money on silicone molds and use the silicone for your final castings instead. Make rubber ducks, rubber toys, dog toys, and silicone cups. Here’s my argument about why you should save your money and use a re-usable molding material instead of the silicone for molds.
Instead of Silicone Molds, Make Silicone Toys:

What do you use if you’re not going to use Silicone for molds? 

The solution we suggest is a reusable molding material. After you purchase it, you’re all set. No more spending money on mold making materials. We have two main versions for you to use: ComposiMold and ImPRESSive Putty. They can be re-melted and re-used as many times as you want.  
Use the re-usable molding materials when:
  • You are making several to a dozen or more duplicates of your original. The actual number of duplicates you can get out of one mold will vary depending on the casting material and complexity of the mold. With chocolate or soy wax, you can make hundreds of duplicates with the same mold. With concrete the number is lower.  BUT, when you’re mold starts to lose detail, just re-melt it to make it again. Anytime you want.
  • You want great detail, the option to make changes, the ability to make molds anytime you like, and you like to be environmentally conscious.
  • Want to save money

Don’t use the re-usable molding materials when:
  • Your mold needs to go into an oven or other hot source. The silicone molds can typically handle up to 400 F, so if you’re cooking in the molds, silicone would be better.
  • Your casting with hot materials such as pewter (even silicone can’t handle higher melt metals).
  • Also, if you’re making a lot of duplicates of a larger piece (1/2 cubic foot or so) with a fast cure resin, then you’d be better off using some silicone molding material, but even here, I would recommend using a brush-on silicone that is backed up by either a plaster mold or a re-usable rubber molding material (ImPRESSive Putty).

Look at some of the silicone mold options

First, the “cheap” silicone molds that are shown on a zillion YouTube channels really aren’t that cheap. It’s called Oogoo, and it is cool, but it shrinks by 25 to 35% over a week or two depending on the humidity, Plus, it’s not exactly cheap if you are going to make a few molds. This is the dilemma I ran into when I was molding parts for my model airplane pieces. These molding supplies adds up!
Using Oogo as a Silicone Casting Material instead of a Silicone Mold: 

The silicone materials sold specifically for silicone molds are nice, but they are expensive. Here’s the graph I bring up whenever making this comparison. One silicone mold cost about as much as one re-usable mold. So after 10 molds, it would cost you $500 in molding material costs. Whereas, with a reusable molding material, your molding costs would still be the cost of one mold.
The Cost of Silicone Molds Continuously Goes Up, But Not For Re-usable Molding Materials
The Cost of Silicone Molds Continuously Goes Up, But Not For Re-usable Molding Materials

So the solution, use the silicone for your castings! It’s a great rubber. Use it to make the soles of your shoes, for your Stretch-Armstrong doll (err sorry-action figure), for your IPhone case. Dozens of uses. But not mold making.

Here we use Silicone for a Cosplay/Theater Prop of an Axe. But we didn't use the silicone for the mold.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Make Your Own Soft Bait Fishing Lures with Plastisol PVC Based Do It Molds Rubber

Make Your Own Soft Bait Fishing Lures with our soft bait lure kit. With the Soft Bait Lure Kit, you have 9 unique shapes to get you started. Mix and match heads, bodies, and tails to create the perfect lure for your angling needs. Then make a mold of your unique lure shape and cast it into a soft bait rubber. And the great part is when you are ready to make your own unique shapes, you can, just by re-melting the ImPRESSive Putty mold. Melt your mold and make as many different shaped lures as you want. 

Plastisol or soft bait, or is a polyvinyl choloride (PVC) with a large amount of plasticizer in it to make it soft. It makes nice fishing lures, but it is unhealthy for you. Do not breath the fumes as it is a carcogen.

Better, although more expensive options are available for your soft bait fishing lure. ComposiMold does not currently sell a Plastisol rubber because of the health concerns, but we have had many people ask if they can use the ImPRESSive Putty with Plastisols. The answer is yes you can. The ImPRESSive Putty allows you to make your own unique molds. Here we show you how we used Plastisol from Do It Molds ( to make a custom fishing lure. The first part uses the parts from our Soft Bait Lure Kit to make the mold, but instead of using the Soft bait rubber provided with the kit, we used the Do It Mold Plasticizer.

The re-usable mold fishing lure kit comes with a 2 part soft rubber bait lure material that is mixed together and poured into the re-usable mold, but we have been asked whether it will work with the soft PVC based lure material such as the Do It Molds Soft Bait Rubber The answer is yes as we shall show you in this video.

Soft Bait Fishing Lures Made with Do-it Plastisol Rubber
Plastisol Fishing Lures Made in ImPRESSive Re-usable Molding Putty

To make a soft rubber bait with the PVC Do-it mold soft rubber, the mold making process is the same.The one part plastisol material makes it easy to make your lures. Pick your shape and hot glue the components together.  Then heat the ImPRESSive Putty in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds. Then press the putty over your fishing lure shape. Let this cool or stick it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. You know the mold is ready when you press on it and it does not stay deformed. Pull out your original and you are ready to cast your rubber.

Instead of using the 2 part rubber provided in the kit, we will show you the Do It Molds PVC Based material.To use, mix the rubber and heat it until it is clear. For heating, we used a microwave, but be warned, the fumes do not seem that healthy.

Add colorants or scents at this time, mix this well while it is still hot.

Make sure the hot rubber is not steaming. Pour the hot rubber into the mold. Be sure to fill all the cavities. Because the rubber cools quickly, you want to fill the mold cavity as fast as possible. 

After the casting rubber has solidified by cooling has cool, which took about 5 minutes, pull your soft bait lure out of the mold.  There you have it. Make as many as you’d like. We made a couple more of these soft bait lures before moving on to a different shape.

And don’t forget, what makes this kit truly unique is that you can re-melt it to make new shapes any time you want. And when you’re the one catching all the trophy fish, let the other guys know that they can make their own lures. See you on the water. 
Soft Bait Fishing Lure Kit

Learn more about the Lure Making kit  by visiting and thanks for watching.

Do It Molds Plasticol Rubber can be found at

Whether your bass fishing or trout fishing, you know what's going to catch that fish. And your special lure is going to make all the other fishermen jealous.