Having a creative spirit, when I am given the opportunity to play with new product, I’m like a kid in a candy store. (To be honest, though, I still get excited when visiting a candy store.) This weekend I experimented with two beautiful cookie molds from House on the Hill, who specialize in Springerle and Speculaas cookie molds. The cookie molds are made of a resin and wood composite, each individually hand cast and finished. Most of the molds are replicas of antique carvings, and therefore intentionally have imperfections to the surface that add character to the pieces. The molds are beautiful enough to simply display, but once you have them in your hands, the creative ideas start flowing—cookies, candies, gift tags (oh, my!).
For the pieces shown in the photo below, Prang DAS air hardening modeling clay was used. The clay was worked into a small ball and then lightly pushed into the mold with my fingers. After the mold was filled, the excess clay was carefully trimmed away. The exposed clay surface (the back of the piece) was then smoothed. I chose to leave the clay in the mold for about 30 minutes so the exposed edges would dry slightly. Then the edges were carefully worked away from the mold with my fingers, and the clay form gingerly lifted out of the mold so not to disturb the tiny imprinted details. I then ran a threaded needle through the tops of the eggs, and tied a knot so that the finished pieces could be hung. The clay took about 36 hours to dry completely. I was pleased to find out that I could smooth out a few rough edges with a metal file. My intention now is to paint them in soft colors, or use a simple wash of sepia.
Although the molds shown are intended for Easter foods and decorating, you will find a delightful selection of molds to order on their website, including their awesome rolling pins that create multiple images on the dough with one swipe. The House on the Hill site shares cookie recipes and baking tips for use with the molds as well as numerous crafting ideas.
The possibilities of creative uses for these molds is only limited by lack of imagination, and let’s face it—crafters have an abundance of that!
Stop in for a visit with House on the Hill at www.houseonthehill.net.