Photo-01 When baking goop, the most important thing is temperature and time. An oven thermometer will give you an accurate indication of what is really going on. 325 degrees works well for most things.  Temperatures too high will burn the goop, or even cause it to smoke. Too low of a temperature and things will be gooey or crumbly and not completely baked through. 



 Photo-04 An artist's pallate is handy for dispensing small amounts of goop. Make sure you identify which cavity has clear goop and which is white.


 Photo-07 The scales are baked to set the goop for the next color layer. Since another layer will be added on top of the scales, the scales are baked well enough at four minutes. After baking, the mold is cooled on a shallow tray of water. Do not allow the water to get on top of the mold.


 Photo-10 Finished green back part with brown scales. 


 Photo-13 Fill the mold, but do not overfill.




Photo-16 Mold# 4502-056 Horns to go on top of the head, along with the spike fin.



Photo-19 Here's the mold with all the yellow ready to bake.


Photo-22  Mold# 4502-058 Fill the cavity for the front of the dragon. Be careful not to overfill the mold. This is a single color part, so, it is filled and baked only once. 

 Photo-25 Mold# 4502-054 For the face, begin by filling the centers of the eyes.


 Photo-28 Mold shown with all colors set, except for the last base color.

Photo-31 Remove the part from the mold.



Photo-02 A temperature controlled toaster oven gives more even heating than an old Thingmaker oven, and has temperature control. Place the thermometer so you can see it through the window. The temperature knob on these ovens is not always accurate. Trust the thermometer for temperature.




 Photo-05 Mold# 4502-055 Use a toothpick to apply small amounts of goop into small areas in a mold. In this case, brown goop is being used to highlight the scales on a dragon's back part.

Photo-08 After the mold has cooled with the brown goop still in place. The next layer can be used to fill the rest of the mold. Do not overfill the mold, as goop expands slightly when it is heated. By capillary action, the goop should wick up the sides of the mold, and the center will be slightly below the top.


 Photo-11  Mold# 4502-053 Tail with ridges down the center are highlighted with brown goop.


Photo-14 After baking and cooling the second time, the part is removed from the mold.



Photo-17 The mold has both the left and right horn. Fill both mold cavities.



Photo-20 After the yellow is baked, the jaw part can be filled with the next color. In this case, brown. Remove the finished horns before baking the jaw brown. 

Photo-23  Mold# 4502-054 The feet for the dragon are a two color part. Use a toothpick to fill the toenails. After baking the nails, fill the rest of the cavity with the second color.

Photo-26 After baking the centers of the eyes, add the white to the eyes. And then bake to set. 


Photo-29  Base color being added to entire mold. 






 Go to the top of this page and click on Mini-Dragons-2 for the rest of the photos.

Photo-03 Accurate time is also important. Some sort of a digital timer works well for this. Most things are completely baked in five minutes.






 Photo-06 The ridges down the center of the back  are all detailed as well as the scales.


 Photo-09 After baking and cooling a second time to set the green goop, the part can be removed from the mold. The second bake should be for a full five minutes. Do not remove the part with anything metal. It can scratch the mold and leave a mark. Use a round wooden toothpick to get under the edge of the part. Once started, the part can be gently pulled from the mold.

 Photo-12 After the brown is baked, green is used to  finish the tail.

Photo-15 Mold# 4502-057  I like to put a spike fin on top of the dragon's head. In the picture, I used green goop, but I made a second fin using brown goop for better contrast with the green head. This part is only a single color, so, it is only baked once to finish.


Photo-18 The same mold also has the jaw. The teeth on the jaw can be detailed now. Use a toothpick to put a small amount of goop in the mold for the teeth.


Photo-21 Remove the jaw from the mold.



Photo-24 Remove the foot from the mold, and make a second foot just like the first one. 


Photo-27 Add color to hightlight the scales on the face. Use a toothpick.


 Photo-30 Be careful not to overfill. Then bake.


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