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« on: January 03, 2011 12:31:00 PM »

This house was inspired by Senosiain Arquitectos' Nautilus house, which is in Naucalpan, Mexico. It's a very whimsical house, colourful and fun. Perfect for a gingerbread house!

This was my very first time working with marshmallow fondant, my first time trying to mold dough into anything other than a flat shape, and my first gingerbread house in years. I was interesting to plan out, fun to make, and delicious to eat!

The main structure is made of gingerbread, glued together with royal icing and covered in marshmallow fondant. The main "window" is melted Jolly Rranchers with swirly designs drawn in royal icing. An LED light behind the main window makes for a cozy glow from within.

The flower borders are gingerbread and Jelly Bellies, with Gumdrop trees. I would have liked to have more colours of flowers but by this time I had eaten all of the other ones! (the ones you see here are the less tasty flavours)

The nautilus colour markings were painted on with food colouring. I wasn't sure that this would work but it turned out quite nicely! It's a bit like painting with watercolour, though the fondant doesn't absorb it at all like paper does.

At the back is a Christmas tree made out of marshmallow fondant, with little gifts all around.

The steps on the walkway are royal icing, and the grass is dried coconut with green food colouring. No need to cut the grass when you can eat it!

For reference: architectural designs for the real life Nautilus House.

This was definitely a learning experience, but it was very rewarding to see everything come together in the end. I almost didn't want to eat it, but it's too tasty to resist!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011 12:40:21 PM »

That's awesome!!  It looks great and the inspiration house is very cool!
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011 01:24:56 PM »

you are incredibly skilled!

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011 01:30:44 PM »

amazing!  im not sure which i like better your version or the original.

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011 02:01:36 PM »

Okay, so first, that's one of my favorite houses, so second, this gingerbread house is spectacular!  You did a beautiful job!

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011 08:26:39 PM »

Thank you for all the lovely comments! <3
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011 12:06:39 PM »

the LED light is perfect - this is soo much fun!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011 08:07:56 PM »

I need to look up this house, I can't believe it actually exists! Very clever the way you used melted Jolly Ranchers (and tasty too; I maintain that they are the best candies, ever.)
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2011 10:16:19 AM »

Wow! Great work and attention to detail.  I love the fondant work as well the entrance into the little Nautilus house.
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2011 11:21:17 AM »

i've seen the house and it does indeed loo like that. but it also reminds me of the snail shell in dr. doolittle that they travel in.

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