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« on: January 04, 2012 09:51:16 AM »

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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!




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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2012 09:59:31 AM »

Oh shizzle, that's amazing. Wow, just WOW!
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2012 10:09:57 AM »

Like it? Like it? L.O.V.E. it!!! I don't need to see all the other gingerbread house-contesters...

I think you are a BIG winner!! You rock for making the gears out of gingerbread and to even RUN!

Don't know what else to add, it is amazing!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012 10:11:40 AM »

That's mad, and amazing, and beautiful! I love all the detail, it does look like woodcarving, and the face and hands are lovely. So cool that you made the gears, even if they don't show!
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2012 10:12:52 AM »

Amazing! I don't even have the words to express how cool this is! I love the fact that you tried to make WORKING gears out of gingerbread!
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2012 11:05:56 AM »

That's really great!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012 11:15:10 AM »

That is unbelievable!  The fact that the gears turned at any point is just fantastic!  And then all the details just make it beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012 12:46:55 PM »

Most inventing gingerbread house ever! This rocks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012 02:45:02 PM »

Holy crow that is amazing I love it!  Especially the reindeer one horn or not! 

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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012 03:06:30 PM »

Holy wow!  So intricate.  In the thumbnail, I thought it was a real one!
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