I bought several of these tiny designer purse molds. Does anyone know what type of edible coloring would work to paint the chocolates after they're set (like in the picture). Luster dust/vodka mixture isn't thick enough to cover the chocolate. What type of edible food coloring is opaque enough to achieve this bold color on such dark chocolate? Oil based colors? Any tips for those? I tried using wilton candy melts and then airbrushing them for the base color but it was as if the airbrush couldn't absorb into the candy, it just beaded up everywhere, even when applied as thinly as possible. Has anyone ever tried airbrush on modeling chocolate instead, and have an opinion to share? I also tried using straight gel food coloring and it's still not good enough.
Also, does anyone have any tips for how on earth to get such tiny details painted nicely? It seems impossible! (they're only 2 inches tall) For example, the blue prada bag example pictured here. The font is impossibly small. The smallest thinnest paint brush I could find still is too big for most of these details. I think i'll end up using a sanitized needle or tip of a safety pin.
I have to make 65 of these, so any helpful tips are much appreciated!!
You can't really paint on chocolate with anything water based. For this kind of chocolate work you use different colored melts and "paint" them into the mold with a toothpick for the very small details and just layer the chocolate. I did intricate chocolates for my wedding favors. Another possibility is to cut fondant for some of these details but it's very difficult given how small they are.
Could you just press fondant or gumpaste into the molds, rather than using chocolate? That would be much easier to paint.
In chocolate, with one mold...you will be institutionalized! Melt white, apply carefully in the c's, let cool/harden. Melt dark, fill mold/tap out... let harden. That will be 15 minutes each, PLUS excess replacements for the ones that accidentally run.
Fondant is your friend. like magda said.
I would use modelling chocolate, precoloured to the different colours you want, I don't think colouring them afterwards would work.
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@pastrybaglady... I cannot imagine making 65 of these in chocolate. Your recommendation of fondant is spot on...
I would tint the modeling chocolate with oil base or powdered food colors prior to molding. Then the bags would be colored. As small as these are, you could make a template of the latch or letters using a thin plastic film...like what bacon comes on. Lay the template on the purse, Paint over it with tinted or white chocolate. Looking at the molds, I don't think the handles would release from the molds as delicate as they are.
There are actually several products that will color chocolate. If you want to airbrush them dinky doodle coloring is an alcohol based airbrush color, or if you want to paint try poppy paints.