Please help! I need to make modelling chocolate look like patent leather. I have tried vodka as this was suggested by lots of people, but it just dried it out and didn't look shiny at all - what am I doing wrong?!
Is there a sneaky secret as to when/how much you put on etc?
Any help advice very much appreciated!
a small amount of flavourless cooking oil might work better, I tend to use shellac based 'edible varnish' for a good shine but a little oil is good in a pinch :-)
For a shiny look, try brushing on pearl dust (heavier shine) or white sparkle (lighter shine) with a blush brush while the modelling chocolate is still dry.
If you roll it out on saran wrap or acetate it's will have that shine.
Confectioner's Glaze works like a dream for shine.
I have been making and selling modeling chocolate since 1991
TO MAKE MODELING CHOCOLATE SHINY:
after you roll out the modeling chocolate warm it to bring out the oils. The oil or cocoa butter is what will make it shine - you can use the bottom of your palm and make a circular motion to "rub" the chocolate sheet before cutting or shaping. If you are making figures, begin with a simple shape that is warm on the outside as well.
Modeling chocolate can be made to shine so that it will blend in with tempered chocolate pieces in a sculpture -
Thank you all for your advice! Shall definitely be giving these tricks and tips a go!