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You Will Need
- A cool room
- Ice water
- Materials for the framework
- Sculpting tools
- Food coloring
Find a cool room
Find a cool room in which to work so your butter doesn’t melt as you sculpt.
Pick a subject
Pick a subject. Let your mind run wild. Butter sculptors have created everything from The Last Supper to Elvis Presley.
Soak the butter
Soak the butter in very cold water in order to remove impurities and give the butter an extra- smooth texture. The amount of butter you soak depends on how large you’d like your sculpture to be.
Build the frame
Build a frame to hold your base in place. Traditionally, bamboo sticks were fashioned into the framework, but you can use wood and/or metal.
Dip hands in ice
Before you start sculpting, dip your hands in ice water. Your hands must be kept practically numb, or your body heat will melt your creation.
Knead the butter
Knead the butter into a paste that’s free of air bubbles.
Butter the base
Load the butter onto the base, and begin shaping it with your hands.
Fine-tune your design
Fine-tune your design with tallow tools. Use modeling tools for smoothing and contouring large surfaces, and sculpting tools for intricate detail.
Keep it cool
Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, store it somewhere it won’t melt before the big reveal.