from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small mold managed with the hand.
- n. Specifically The mold in which hand-made type is cast. It has a lip to receive the metal which runs into the mold containing the matrix.
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Jeff David used to create his sports helmets the traditional way sketch an idea on paper, hand-mold a clay model, and ship it to factories in Asia for it to become a plastic prototype.
If you're going to go to the trouble to hand-mold a bunch of fairly well done fondant legs, wouldn't you make the effort to put them on the cake correctly?