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To create the sweet animals from my design, i sourced some pre made cardboard animals from the internet as the “flump bunny” i made proved too flimsy for sugary decoration, i preferred this because it left more time to think about appropriate methods of decoration without the worry of whether they could withstand the materials. I found Decopatch animals by chance in Hobbycraft and they were perfect! i then went online in search of specific animals i wanted for my display, Mark had suggested a Chihuahua because they are small, innocent and sweet dogs, which he thought would be quite ironic when thinking about the 120 starved dogs that murdered Jang Song Thaek. So i managed to source one chihuahua that i cut in half in order to have him being held in the arms of Kim Jong Un as the illusion of a well loved pet coming out the painting. I will use the bottom half of the dog as entering the dripping melty part of the frame, as an illusion of it entering the fantasy world from the more sinister bottom half of the piece. I also sourced a larger dog which was a Labrador and a spaniel pup, which was far to sweet to miss out. I wanted to use rabbits in this piece also, so i ordered 2 small rabbits to be in the puddle as spectators to the dogs crimes. below are the stock images of the animals i ordered:

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i was very pleased with them when they arrived, the sizes worked well with the scale of my piece and they proved very easy to decorate 🙂 i decided to coat them all with different types of chocolate to start with, milk, white and i made a pink chocolate for the chihuahua to add extra sweetness. After coating them with chocolate i left them to dry and some of  them began to crack and decay before i varnished them, the chihuahua stayed perfect because he is in the top half of the painting where the illusion is sweet and perfect, but the others i allowed the chocolate time to decay and go off because its like the illusion is fading in the lower part of the piece. I varnished them using PVA glue because satin varnish had a strange reaction to the chocolate. After varnishing the animals i went about decorating them using the silicone, i had some pink silicone and fake chocolate sauce i brought back from Tokyo a few weeks ago that i had enough of to ice one animal, so i chose the white chocolate rabbit and loved how it turned out. I decided to keep the animals surreal and not give them eyes, just noses on each and tried to make them as contemporary as possible. I used various sweets and biscuits and fake sweets to decorate them and it was a really fun activity! i didn’t want to over decorate them and detract from their obvious animal shapes and forms so they are quite minimal for my usual taste but i like how they turned out 🙂

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These are the animals when they were chocolate coated, i melted chocolate and used spoons and my hands to coat them completely. Th10584103_10154502847020151_3573393920467361700_n This is the white chocolate rabbit, the white chocolate dried very well and covered the most evenly out of all of the chocolate types. i varnished it before i decorated it to ensure no chocolate came off but it still smells sweet 🙂10304700_10154502846850151_5706361299970211838_n 10353564_10154484772820151_8445459261990458375_n 1975021_10154502845835151_2709229656340779836_n 10384285_10154502846125151_1275940793485782442_n 1780876_10154484772355151_3479914460555597706_n 426006_10154502846290151_2042267391264980034_n i especially like the back of the rabbit and how the sauce and fake icing went together, i used white chocolate stars to decorate even more 🙂

i went on to decorate the other animals, below are the images of them, i wanted to keep them looking surreal and i am pleased with how they turned out and i really enjoyed decorating them:

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