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Topic: Gingerbread Cuckoo Clock with Internal Gears  (Read 8805 times)
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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! 

Now i'm hungry  o0
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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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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2012 12:09:17 AM »

That's crazy. Crazily amazing! Well done!
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2012 08:17:05 AM »

You've got my vote!  Amazing!

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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2012 08:38:12 AM »

Thank you and yes, Max is totally his name.. thanks for reminding me...
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2012 11:30:57 AM »

Dude! Beautiful.  I've been thinking about making a polymer cuckoo clock, more for looks than actual effect. You have totally spaned a zillion craft bunnies in my head.
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2012 11:57:37 AM »

Holy WOW. This is BEYOND cool.
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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2012 03:54:26 PM »

Absolutely brilliant!  I'm speechless seeing what you've accomplished---so meticulously designed and executed. The gingerbread of all gingerbreads. Congratulations on a job well done!
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2012 08:44:10 AM »

Wow, this is fabulous! Very creative, it looks like it is carved out of wood, especially in the first picture.
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2012 06:14:23 PM »

Amazing!
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2012 10:50:53 AM »

This is so positively glorious! I love every detail, and can really see all of the time and effort you put in to the whole thing. The individual pieces, the working gears (!), and the shading are all beautiful. My favorite part, though, is definitely the reindeer crest! I think its one antler gives it character! Amazing job, and I agree with everyone: it does look absolutely real, and I wish I had it on my wall!  Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2012 02:06:52 PM »

That is so inspiring.... what a clever subject for interpretation in gingerbread! It is so realistic it reminds me of a clock on my parents' wall in the home I grew up in!
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2012 09:10:39 PM »

WOW! Absolutely Fantastic!  Shocked
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« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2012 03:58:11 AM »

amazing piece!! Too bad you can't see the gears :s
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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2012 07:51:32 PM »

A mechanical food piece...:0 This is clever and very well made! Such skill!
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2012 10:24:21 AM »

wow all that work you put into it really shows! This is an amazing (and tasty) Piece of art! Excellent work! You rock!
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« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2012 10:46:56 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: February 07, 2012 04:16:56 PM »

Wow that's such a neat idea! Sorry to hear it didn't quite turn out like you wanted, but it still looks great!
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