Chocolate Baby Bottle Project
By Bob Sherman
This fun project uses mold painting techniques to create these colorful life size baby bottles in hollow molded chocolate. This is an intermediate / advanced level project requiring precise temperature control.
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PLEASE NOTE!! - Although chocolate making is relatively safe for the entire family to participate, adult supervision is required.
I prefer to use chocolate wafers designed for molding chocolate. My preferred brand is Merckens which works well with all chocolate molding projects, is available in a wide selection of colors, and tastes great.
Either melting method may be used, but I find the double boiler works best for this.
Double Boiler - See Double Boiler Usage Instructions.
A microwave may also be used but care must be taken not to overheat the chocolate.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat for 30 seconds.
- Remove and stir.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chocolate is creamy.
- Optimum usage temperature is about 90 degrees F. Do not place the thermometer in the microwave!
For the nipple color I used 9 orange, 9 white, and 2 blue wafers.
For the blue I used 3 blue and 3 white wafers.
When working with colored chocolate it is normally necessary to add some paramount crystals to make them easier to brush on. Add a small amount at a time until you have a good working consistency. Adding too much may soften the chocolate too much making it easier for the colors to run in later steps.
Bear in mind that colors vary slightly from batch to batch so you may need a somewhat different combination to make your colors.
Chocolate Making Supplies And Materials
The following chocolate making supplies and other materials were used to make this project. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description and ordering information.
- Large 3D Bottle Mold
- Chocolate Coating - White, Blue, and Orange was used here. Optional - Yellow, Orchid, Light Green, or Pink chocolate may also be used.
- Paramount Crystals - For thinning colors.
- Brushes- One brush per color is needed.
- Mold Clips - Minimum needed is 10 clips, but more is better.
- Double Boiler
- Thermometer - It is essential to monitor the pouring temperature for this project.
The mold must be modified before use.
Use a scissors to separate the mold halves. Next trim away the sheet leaving approximately 1/2 inch all the way around both mold halves.
The nipple color was made with orange, white, and blue coating wafers (see recipe above). Paramount crystals will allow you to brush it more easily.
The nipple color is brushed in first.
Check for air bubbles as you work.
Make sure the color comes all the way to the edge of the mold cavity.
Check for thin spots and apply a second layer if needed.
Allow it to harden fully before proceeding.
The same process is used with the blue.
Important! - Whenever brushing one color atop another or very close to another, use a dabbing motion with the brush. Dragging a brush load of hot chocolate along previously cooled chocolate may result in smeared colors.
The chocolate must be completely cooled and hard before proceeding.
Melt your white chocolate and bring it to 88 - 90 degrees F. Pouring too cold will trap air, and pouring too hot will cause problems with the previous colors (these problems will be illustrated further along in this article).
Fill one half of the mold.
Position the other mold half and clip it in place. A clip should be placed every 2 inches at most, but more is better.
Tilt and rotate the mold so the entire inside is coated with white chocolate.
Place in your refrigerator for 2 minutes.
Rotate it again then place it back in the refrigerator for 2 minutes with the side that faced up now on the bottom.
Repeat this process 3 -4 more times.
Finish by standing the mold upright in the refrigerator for approximately 20 minutes. standing the mold upright will allow any excess chocolate to pool at the bottom which will make it more stable when placed in a standing position.
Remove the mold clips and demold the bottle.
If necessary the seams may be trimmed with a knife.
This closeup shows where the hot chocolate has melted away some of the painted on color. This commonly occurs if there are thin areas on the painted colors.
This closeup shows where some of the blue color has bled into the white. This may be caused by using too much Paramount Crystals to thin the blue (making it softer), or from pouring the white at too hot a temperature. it may also be caused by a combination of both.
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Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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