I am always looking for exciting new ways to explore my passion for sculpting and have decided to make one such undertaking the focus of my first Project Post.
In early 2012 together with several fellow creatives in SE Michigan, I co-founded Sweet Steam, a purveyor of fine steampunk-themed chocolates. Enthusiastically received at steampunk events in Michigan and Wisconsin, it proved an instant hit with steampunk convention attendees.
Chief among my contributions to the venture was the task of sculpting the products. This included a tri-chocolate (dark, milk and white) cameo of Nikola Tesla. I found this to be particularly rewarding having never attempted a relief on such a diminutive scale and it presented an interesting challenge to create something that could be poured in three layers with a material that is notoriously unforgiving.
When creating the master, I sculpted the base in polymer clay (Sculpey III), then used Green Stuff sculpting putty for the portrait.
Although I moved on from Sweet Steam shortly after its launch, I continue to take private sculpting commissions for custom chocolates through Jivotica and each project has proven more fun than the next.
An example is this set of three cameos I created for a production of Dracula in October 2012 as a fundraiser for a local theater company. Here too, the chocolates proved a huge hit and they sold out at every performance.
As a point of interest: Although I generally prefer to work in either a neutral color (better to see the sculptural details) or a color that closely represents the color of the final casting, I found myself sculpting the background of the Dracula chocolates in an ivory color. This is because, even though the teeth would ultimately be cast in dark chocolate, making them look like real teeth while I sculpted helped me conceptualize them.
This venture into sculpting chocolate cameos offered me the opportunity to learn many new skills from chocolatiering (an art onto itself) to miniature relief portraiture. If you’ve never made sculpture you can eat, I highly recommend the experience.