Each year our church has a wonderful Christmas event called Truly Christmas. Any of the women in our church can host a table and invite 8 friends to buy a ticket that gets them a spot at your table for dinner and a program. One of the bests parts of this is the first half hour of the evening, walking around looking at all the beautifully decorated tables. It is just a great atmosphere and a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season. Actually, I should say that the best part of it is the fact that the men (and boys) in our church do the serving. Dressed in black pants and a nice white dress shirt with a Christmas tie to boot! I like that!
I love this event and usually make a new centerpiece for my table (or tables) every year. I will share some of my past pieces with you in a post soon.
Well, this year I am on the Truly Christmas committee. Since our theme is Angels this year, I suggested making little chocolate molded angels for the dessert plate, and then later it came up that the same molds you would use for the chocolate could be used with Plaster of Paris to make refrigerator magnets. So… since it was my idea and all… I have found myself making these little celestial beings for over a month now! It’s not hard, just time-consuming. I love this kind of thing though, and don’t mind a bit.
Just thought I’d share how to make these little plaster angels. And obviously you could do the same thing with any chocolate candy mold that you get at a craft store. Here is the angel mold.
Now take some Plaster of Paris powder in a butter tub or other such disposable type dish, add just enough cold water to make it an almost cake icing texture. Work very fast as you don’t have much time before it starts to set up. Fill the mold and then tap the whole mold on the counter over and over again to make sure the air bubbles rise to the top. You may have a few trials before you get it just right, but don’t worry – you will get it.
Now wait about half an hour or until the plaster is cold.
Turn over the mold and gently press out your plaster. Hold your hand under it or do it real low to the counter so you don’t drop and break the piece. Right now it is still very breakable. It has lots of moisture in it, so lay them out on a paper towel and let them cure for hours or overnight.
Now, see the extra plaster that is around my angel. I don’t like that. But believe me… after carving number 201, knowing I have 99 more to go… I am beginning to think I like that extra little bit of “edge”. But what you have to do is just carve it off with a knife. If you have an easy mold, you might not even get too much of it.
After I got them trimmed up, I painted the trumpets and halo’s gold.
Paint your pieces as detailed as you wish. Then you need to seal them. After I painted the gold on these, I then prayed sprayed them with gold glitter before sealing them.
Don’t know if you can see the glitter – it just kind’a looks dirty there.
Anyway, you will need to brush on a sealant. I’ve tried the sprays and they just don’t give you a thick enough layer to make them look good. So, any of the liquid sealants at your craft store. You will have to choose between glossy, matt or satin finish. These are the satin finish.
Then I just glued a strong magnet to the back, and waaa ‘la. You have a sweet little gift or favor for any occasion.
I was lucky enough to have three sweet friends help me make the 300 chocolate angels, which were MUCH easier. We got them done in three hours! Thank you girls!
Hope you try it out and enjoy yourself in the process. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment with any questions you may have.
(This years centerpiece info coming up in a post soon! -maybe-hopefully.)