So I have spent a long time thinking about what kind of Gingerbread house I was going to make this year, and I really wanted to try something I had never done before. I kept coming back to the idea of making a cuckoo clock, but I thought I would step it up a notch and try and make internal gears that actually turned. All out of gingerbread!
I began by doing sketches and then making a model out of foam core.
I then used those pieces as my templates for the gingerbread and then I baked them.
My foam core model of the gears actually turned and when I got my gingerbread all baked my gingerbread gears turned as well, but once I had glued everything down, the icing got onto my axle and stopped two of the gears from turning. I was very sad! However I had a lot of fun trying to make that work. I also used this great gear generator program (http://woodgears.ca/gear/
)for free! So I knew that mathematically ( to a degree because gingerbread does funny things when baking) they were right.
This is my gear section.
I tried to make the gingerbread look like woodcarving by putting details into the gingerbread before baking with a dull knife and then after it was baked adding brown icing colouring to give it some deeper shadows.
Isn't the cuckoo bird cute! I keeping wanting to sing Sound of music for some reason...
The reindeer crest was difficult to do as well and I have mixed feelings with how it turned out! I think if I knew anything about fondant I might have tried doing something with that, but I was also concerned that that would be a totally different texture than the rest... He also had a mishap when I put the whole thing up on the stand, His antler touched the wall and broke. I tried to put it back about 6 different times but it just wouldn't stay! So I let it go but it kind of reminds me of that Dog from the Grinch who wears one Antler tied to his head?
I bought this neat shelf from umbra called "concealed shelf" or something like that, and what it is made to do is to stack books without seeing a shelf which makes them look like they are floating. I used that to put my gingerbread house on so it would look like it was on the wall on it's own.
The funny part about the gears is that I put a lot of work into them but they didn't work and on top of that you can't even see them through the clock face! Next time I do gingerbread that has stuff on the inside I will have to remember to add some lighting so you can actually see it!
See? There are gears in there, but you can't see them! So I feel like my little gingerbread just has a bit of a heart, it's no hollow shell!
I have more pictures and detailed personal experiences about this on my blog: http://a-can-of-crafty-curiosities.blogspot.com/
I have also done an full tutorial on instructables:http://www.instructables.com/id/Edible-Gingerbread-Cuckoo-Clock-with-Internal-gear/
Hope you guys like it! It was a real challenge and I learned a lot from it too!