April 11, 2006
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February 23, 2006
Where are you located?? There are a couple of places, I know because I had to just research this. In the states there are: Tomric Plastics (www.tomric.com 716-854-6050) or Micelli Molds (www.micelli.com 631-752-2888) and there is Chocolat-chocolat in Quebec, Canada (www.chocolat-chocolat.com 1-800-463-5837)
There are basically two types of molds there would be thermal plastic or injection molds, if you want a great mold that will last essentially forever then you want injection molds, however they are much more expensive (to have a prototype and molds made could be anywhere from $4,000-7,000) for the thermal plastic molds these are the thin flimsy molds you can get at any hobby store but they can make them thicker, the nice part about these is it's less costly (about give or take $1,000 for prototype and molds) but you can also use this for a specialty project you are only doing once in a while or a one time thing, these don't hold up as well but it's good if you don't need them to. Good luck!
Keep it Sweet!
May 29, 2005
You can actually get the moulds made for approximately $500 CAD. A shop in town goes thru a company in NY, or his other choice is a company in B.C.,Canada. Chocolat-chocolat can do it as well and have quoted me about $500. These will be the thin plastic type. You can approach a fabrication shop and get a quote and that would be for the injection moulds. I have been quoted about $2000-$5000. I haven't looked seriously about getting any made. I am very lucky because I have some good friends who have all the equipment for fabrication and they will give me a dirt cheap price! Of course I will have to keep them stuffed with chocolate for years to come!!
We also offer a custom made mould service. The cost of making a single cavity sample (rough proof) is £75 and the full production mould will cost around £400 (the £75 is deducted from the cost of the final mould). The mould is manufactured in a special 1.5mm thick rigid plastic which is very durable (not polycarbonate). For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It should also be pointed out that you can order thermo-formed polycarbonate molds too. They are more expensive than the usual thermo-formed molds but not as expensive (significantly less) as regular polycarbonate molds.
I was not aware until recently that apparently, they can themoform polycarbonate as well.
Fine Chocolate Made From The Bean
I just joined and this is the exact thread I was looking for! I am an artist/sculptor and I have been making my own chocolate molds from food-grade silicone for a few years now. If you are decently comfortable with the craft of chocolate-making, mold-making in silicone is not too difficult if you get a 1:1 mix ratio. A couple of sources for silicone are: [url]http://www.sculpt.com[/url] and [url]http://polytek.com/[/url]. If you have your model, you can make molds for as little as $40 depending on how many you need and how large. The only drawback, in my experience, is you have to be very careful about the tear strength of the silicone so that it doesn't get rough (it can minutely pock the surface of your chocolate), and the silicone rarely gives quite as glossy of a finish as the polycarbonate molds if you have a lot of detail. In other words, it's appropriate for some things and not for others, and you may have to test out a couple of different kinds of silicone.
Which is why I'm looking for an inexpensive short-run place for polycarbonate molds. Or at least someone who has a vacuum-former and I can do the rest!
Deb- Do you know which place in NY does this? I am in New York City and would really like to find them!
Thanks everyone! Feel free to write if you have more questions about the silicone molding process.
February 23, 2006
2 of the places I mention above are in NY, one being in Long Island, which is Micelli molds,they do large productions as well as small ones. They are a good company to deal with, in fact, I'm using them myself. Tomrics is also good, they are in Buffalo. The injection molds are the way to go if you want a high gloss sheen. I have used the silicone molds myself recently and found them to be a great tool, as you said for some things. If you want a mold for a short run, such as a one-time item, thermal plastic might be the way to go, but if you need to consistenly use it and with a hiqh quality finish then as you know the poly injection is the way to go! Good Luck!
Keep it Sweet!
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