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Offline DarthTader

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Keycao Confections: A Taste of Artisans
« on: Wed, 07 February 2018, 05:22:54 »
I recently started a project and figured I should share some of what I've been working on.


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Sculpts: Kepybara and Gnomey by Briz, Keyfur the Beaver by Keybai, and Krud by PrimeCaps.


My family has always loved making chocolate for the holidays, and over the years has progressed into using high quality chocolate to make treats that pretty much everyone we know looks forward to every year.

I'm also obsessed with artisans. I have tried my hand at casting a bit after running the gambit of the big guides/progress threads on here (Booper, Binge, Zorb, etc.) and a handful of other places. I thought it might be fun to try working with my family to combine our hobbies and try out making fully edible chocolate artisan keycaps. They are made with high quality chocolate which is tempered and cast in a variety of methods. It's been a few months since then, and we've made a lot of chocolate so I thought it might be fun to share some!


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Sculpt: Keyfur the Beavur by Keybai
First milk chocolate cap.

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Sculpt: Krud by PrimeCaps
First PrimeCaps Krud casts.

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Sculpt: Gnomey by BRIZ (/u/ipee9932cd)
Dark chocolate Gnomey.

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Sculpt: Keyti by KRAP
White chocolate Keyti.


I should note that I have been given permissions for all the caps shown and all the caps being used in this project from the makers. Here is a current list of those who have agreed to join us in this project:
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Keycao Family
  • Aconic
  • ArtKey
  • BadMoJo Keycaps
  • BRIZ
  • CozCaps
  • El_Capn
  • Keybai
  • KRAP
  • Hunger Work Studio
  • Lost Keys
  • Nightcaps
  • PrimeCaps
  • RAG Caps


Well that's it for now. We've still got a long way to go, but thanks for checking out what we've been working on. I hope you all enjoy!

« Last Edit: Thu, 08 February 2018, 18:27:52 by DarthTader »

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Re: Keycao Confection: A Taste of Artisans
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 08 February 2018, 18:24:07 »
I'm excited to add Hunger Work Studio to the list!

Here is the first chocolate cast of the Otterphile sculpt:


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Re: Keycao Confections: A Taste of Artisans
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 09 February 2018, 03:48:18 »
Was expecting 'tasty looking' pastle colours, not real chocolate!

The otter needs to clean his nose but otherwise the detail you've captured is surprising, do you have to pressurise them when casting?
                               
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Re: Keycao Confections: A Taste of Artisans
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 09 February 2018, 05:18:56 »
That's the first cast of the otter, so with some practice they will (hopefully) improve!  ;D

So far I haven't used any pressure yet. I searched high and low and haven't been able to find anything online about pressure casting chocolate. I will be giving it a shot next week though, so I'll be able to share how it goes soon!

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Re: Keycao Confections: A Taste of Artisans
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 09 February 2018, 05:37:21 »
I searched high and low and haven't been able to find anything online about pressure casting chocolate.
Can't think why :)) I guess you would need to look from a jewellery perspective rather than resin as you'll need to keep the chocolate melted...

If you've done this well without pressure I'm not sure it would be worth the hassle and expense though - they look great already and being made of good chocolate they should be eaten, so perfection isn't required.
                               
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Re: Keycao Confections: A Taste of Artisans
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 09 February 2018, 06:36:50 »
I've got a generous friend who is willing to help test with his pressure pot, so it'll be a good way to test if it's worth the investment.

I'm mainly hoping it will help improve the stems, the molding process, and a few other problem areas.