Sarah Hardy is a trained sculptor.
She worked with food — and more specifically cakes — for years before realising that chocolate is an ideal medium for sculpting.
For the past year and a half, Hardy has been creating chocolates that look incredibly life-like — everything from human hearts to fossils.
Keep scrolling to see her masterpieces and read her story.
'I grew up playing in a river, a field, or in the back rooms of my mother's antique shop, and, as a bit of a loner, I explored things in detail.'
Before discovering chocolate, Hardy was crafting stunningly realistic cakes, like this dead pheasant cake.
'I had a eureka moment when I realised that great tasting chocolate was also a fantastic sculpting medium, despite its technical challenges.'
Hardy makes all her creations at home in her kitchen, and says each individual chocolate can take up to an hour to perfect.
She starts by researching and sketching, then moves on to sculpting her design in clay to figure out if the shape will work.
If the clay mould works, Hardy moves on to making the actual chocolates, all of which are hand-painted.
Hardy says paleontologists, archaeologists, and entomologists are buying and endorsing the chocolates.
Hardy just raised over $13,000 to build a chocolate studio in the backyard of her home, where ideal temperature and humidity levels for chocolate sculpting can be maintained.
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