How to make a two-part silicone mould

Whenever you have made a really great thing, the idea of duplicating it comes automatically to mind. But the first one of anything takes a lot of time to make and you probably don’t want to make that effort for every following copy. So it makes sense to make a mould of it to make the copying easier. But if the shape of the object doesn’t allow for a one part mould, you need to make the mould in different parts. In this video from Tested, Frank Ippolito shows us just how easy it is to make a two-part silicone mould when you know how to do it. Do you want to know how to do it? Then just watch this brilliant video!



Cheap and useful styrofoam

We all know styrofoam. It’s that white light-weight material that protects your goods while it is shipped. It may come as chips, molded pieces or even raw blocks and sheets. It’s used as insulation, shock absorber, modelling material and much more. But most of all, it is cheap! You can buy big blocks of it for a few dollars or find big pieces in your nearest dumpster for free! This is probably why most people see it as trash and not a building material. Well Make: magazine is here to show you how useful it can be! In this particular tutorial they make Halloween tombstone props but if you watch the video, you should easily see how these techniques can be used to make almost any form out of cheap and feather light styrofoam! And by the way, you don’t need special tools like soldering iron or a hot wire foam cutter. Tools like scissors, files, knifes and sandpaper can just as easily be used, although the surface might become a bit rougher. But since acetone (nail polish remover) can melt styrofoam, perhaps you can use a acetone damp paper towel to polish those surfaces? Now that would be a neat experiment!

How to clean your superglue tips

Some people use cyanoacrylate (Superglue) all the time, and never have to battle with clogged tips since the glue doesn’t get a chance to harden. Most of us however, only use Cyanoacrylate now and then and have been annoyed by this problem on more then one occasion. The classic solutions are poking a needle into the tip, cutting of a piece of the tip and ruin the flow of the glue or even throw it away and by a new one. But there is a better solution and it is so cheap and easy! Just watch this quick walk through from FreddysFrets and you’ll be at the store buying acetone in no time! 🙂

Smoked filled sugar balls!

When deciding on how to present a dish, cooks usually think in the terms of solids or liquids. But that leaves a big part of reality: Vapors! Molecular Gastronomy has a think-outside-the-box mentality that no one can beat, and in this video they demonstrate how you can make sugar balls that releases smoke when cracked! The process of making a sugar ball is in it self a very interesting process, but whether you use isomalt or sugar, the real wow factor is the smoke that comes out. Just be sure to serve it fast though, because the smoke settles down very quickly!

Making your own peanutbutter

Alton Brown likes peanut Butter….a lot! In fact he loves it so much that he couldn’t stop eating it while making this video, so they had to subtitle it! But he doesn’t just go to the supermarket and buy ready-made peanut butter, ooh no, he makes it himself and improves upon it. In this quick and easy tutorial, he dishes out good advice on how to make it taste better, and even add things like chile oil or chocolate to make it stand out. So what are you waiting for? Start buttering up today!