Update #1 Ken Tola has sent you a message

Here is the chocolate tree. Can you send me a proposal and include some kind of sketch of your design?

posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #2 Ken Tola has sent you a message

BTW - here is what I had made for her last time - pure chocolate - hollow and stuffed with smaller chocolate surprises!

posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #3 Violent Evolution FX Studio sent you a proposal

Here is the Proposal Ken,
Normally i am a 1/2 now 1/2 upon completion type guy, but with the chocolate nature of this I don't want to take any chances, especially with the speedy nature of this job. Credit card being the only option was also due to the speedy nature of this job.
The USPS estimate for shipping was 240$ so I have opted to personally drive it to you for the cost of gas (100$). That way I can also personally guarantee that it will arrive in the condition that it is desired to be in.

The sides of the piece will be a leafed oak tree with branches extending into other pieces, with perhaps a rope swing, and a bicycle leaning against the base. The other side will be some scrolling designs to balance out the piece with children related items begin part of the design. If you have any other ideas please let me know before i finish work on each part. Each piece is unique so that the puzzle can only fit together in one specific way, while at the same time having a look that fits the whole thing together instead of randomly sized and shaped pieces.

Thank you for your time,
David

posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #4 Violent Evolution FX Studio sent you a proposal

Here is the Proposal Ken,
Normally i am a 1/2 now 1/2 upon completion type guy, but with the chocolate nature of this I don't want to take any chances, especially with the speedy nature of this job. Credit card being the only option was also due to the speedy nature of this job.
The USPS estimate for shipping was 240$ so I have opted to personally drive it to you for the cost of gas (100$). That way I can also personally guarantee that it will arrive in the condition that it is desired to be in.

The sides of the piece will be a leafed oak tree with branches extending into other pieces, with perhaps a rope swing, and a bicycle leaning against the base. The other side will be some scrolling designs to balance out the piece with children related items begin part of the design. If you have any other ideas please let me know before i finish work on each part. Each piece is unique so that the puzzle can only fit together in one specific way, while at the same time having a look that fits the whole thing together instead of randomly sized and shaped pieces.

Thank you for your time,
David

P.S. If you could supply me with your e-mail address I can send you pictures as the project progresses.

posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #5 Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™ has sent you a message about your Dark Chocolate JigSaw Puzzle

oops...

posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #6 Puzzle Size

Hi Ken,

Finalizing the molds today and tomorrow. Can you confirm the size? Right now, the puzzle is almost 4" thick. Does this work for you?

Jeff

posted on Nov 19th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #7 Revision

Ken,

Take a look at this image. I removed the two locking pieces out of the middle and the sides to get a larger area for the image. What do you think!

Jeff

posted on Nov 19th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #8 Update

Hi Ken,

Here is the update. I made all of the molds for the bodies and the covers and was extremely excited the way they came out. Because I never worked with the Lindt before, I took the molds to a local chocolate shop and hired them to melt the chocolate and to pour the molds. The owner was extremely excited and very optimistic to take on such a fun and unique project. She and her staff looked at the molds and assured me they would work perfectly. For the last 5 days, she has been trying to make this happen. For some reason, the chocolate does not want to come out of these molds. Not sure if it is the type of chocolate or the mold material. We busted two of the molds trying to get the chocolate out. The cover molds were somewhat successful. We do have the covers that are solid chocolate. (See all of the attached pictures). Sadly, I do not think I can deliver the puzzle pieces filled with all of the goodies we talked about. Both the chocolate store owner and I feel terrible about this. The chocolate shop owner suggested the following that can be delivered to you overnight so you will have it for Saturday. What about if we make gift boxes with each puzzle piece cover and a bunch of truffles, goodies, etc. in a nice presentation. This way the puzzle idea is somewhat still there and she still has a gift every day. The last piece, the center one with the photo on it, can be like we talked about (I will redesign that mold and construct it over the weekend) and I can ship that out early next week. This will be thick and filled with all kinds of stuff...

Ken, I feel terrible about this. Let me know your thoughts on this.

Jeff

posted on Dec 06th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Update #10 You have a new message

So the tops worked out but the rest failed? OK - let's try a Plan B. Can you make one large box out of chocolate and intersect it with straight walls like the attached picture? The main box would need to have a ledge of some sort as well. Then we can place the top pieces you made on top and still fill the inside of each box with treats.

Not really what I had wanted but it would still be cool.

What do you think?

posted on Dec 06th 2012 by Jeffrey Sgroi Designs™

Dark Chocolate Jigsaw Puzzle

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Ken Tola submitted:

“For Chanukah I would like to give my wife a gift that comes in one piece per day with the big part on the last day - I thought of a jigsaw puzzle. The puzzle itself would be 3" to 6" high (your call) and hollow within each piece.

Inside the hollow part would be filled with amazing extreme dark chocolate pieces/truffles/etc... but each jigsaw piece would be enclosed.

The whole thing would be a rectangle with 8 outside pieces and one large interior piece with the attached picture as a raised piece on it.

As for size, large is great but nothing overly monstrous - perhaps 3' by 2' - I am obviously open to suggestions!”