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Animal Carousel by diamondie Animal Carousel by diamondie
A Finnish tabloid had a contest titled "Paras pipari" (best gingerbread) and when I saw it I knew I would have to participate. Perhaps not such a good idea when you have CFS and struggle to take care of yourself. The other parts weren't that straining, but rolling the dough is very exhausting. And decorating wasn't so easy with the problems I have with coordination and motoric skills. Making the piece took about three weeks and cleaning up afterwards will probably take two more weeks. A few times I got way overexhausted and had to spend a lot of time resting in bed afterwards. The piece is also participating in DA's Gingerbread House contest.

Some random facts about the piece:

  • The carousel is designed by me and my SO planned the actual realization and did the necessary calculations.
  • There were about 1.75 kg of gingerbread dough and 700g of confectioner's sugar used in this piece, the amount of candy and cake decorations used can't really be measured, most of the candy I bought wasn't used in the end.
  • The diameter of the circle at the bottom is 28 cm.
  • The piece is put together with melted ordinary sugar like we tend to do in Finland. It can leave nasty trails of brown sugar, but it dries very quickly and holds together much better than royal icing.
  • The carousel includes six animals: an elephant, a camel, a leopard, a giraffe, a horse and a zebra. The last two are made with the same pattern. All of them were drawn by me.
  • There are little silver cake decoration spheres on the vertical seams of the cylinder to mimic the lightbulbs of the carousel we have at the Linnanmäki amusement park here in Helsinki.
  • The cake decoration stars at the top stick there because the ceiling has been brushed with a watered down version of the icing.
  • The little rectangles surrounding the bottom aren't bubble gum but candy.

    In the end I donated the piece to the psychiatric unit of Lastenlinna, a children's hospital here in Helsinki. The leopard broke a leg on the way (I had the piece in my lap in a huge plastic bag, but other than that it was still fine when it got there. I hope the kids like it.

    I can probably upload the pictures you can use to build a similar carousel, but it will take some time as they exist only in paper at the moment (and hopefully I haven't lost any of them).
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    originalhulahoops Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
    I adoooree this. I made a gingerbread house a couple of weeks ago, and me being foolish didn't draw up a very good plan and of course my roof caved in and all hell broke loose. ahaha.
    HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    This is absolutely beautiful, and I'm amazed by the time and attention to detail. I absolutely love carousels, too, so that makes this even more awesome. Well done!
    diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional Writer
    Thanks a lot for the praise. I'm somewhat perfectionistic, so I wanted a lot of fancy detail in there.
    Hadarniel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
    Wow, looks very pretty and yummy =)
    It's a shame you didn't win, 'cause you did such a lovely work
    diamondie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional Writer
    Thanks. :-> It could have been more polished though - if I ever make another one (hopefully I will) I'll know the worst mistakes and problems to avoid.
    Jaredsmoon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
    that looks quite cool... ^.^

    you should make a tutorial on how to make this, i want one for christmas
    PurpleDaizie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
    :hungry: Yum
    ZODC Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
    more of this great work plz ...
    make it bigger.. big as in elements and stuff
    like model a full zoo or something it would be SuperB am sure ;)
    keep it up
    diamondie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Professional Writer
    Hehe. It already took me weeks to make this, it would probably take a year for a zoo. :-P I think I'll probably make another gingerbread house for charity this year, but with an entirely different theme this time.

    ZODC Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
    wish you look .. :D
    but plz make a zoo it would be a master piece of the world am sure .. more effort .. wonderful result
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