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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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    :iconoriginalhulahoops:
    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    PurpleDaizie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
    :hungry: Yum
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    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
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    :icondiamondie:
    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.

    Thanks.
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    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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    :icondiamondie:
    diamondie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional Writer
    Yeah, maybe when I have more energy, in my next life or so.
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    soozn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
    hehehe those little flowers on the top are really cute!
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    Unluckycharm6 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
    yum! :drool: what a tasty looking entry, and satisfying reward for all you hard work. And the animals look quite tasty as well...now who would want to be a vegitarian after seeing this? ^^
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    diamondie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Writer
    Hehe. I am actually a vegetarian, but I think I can allow myself to eat gingerbread elephants. ;-> I actually bake vegan stuff most of the time, but this thing isn't vegan simply because I have so little energy that I couldn't make the dough myself and had to buy it. Not that most of the candy is vegan either, but I could have easily made the whole thing without animal products, so that it would have been a vegan animal carousel. ;-P
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    Unluckycharm6 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
    :D
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    apeljuice Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
    wow...
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    Auretian Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Hobbyist
    kaanis piparkakkuluomus :D ookko nää enemmänkin näitä kehitellyt?
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    :icondiamondie:
    diamondie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Professional Writer
    Kiitos. En varsinaisesti, vaikka kyllähän insinööri-isukin kanssa rakenneltiin ties mitä piparimuumitaloja kun olin pieni. Himottaisi kyllä tehdä lisääkin, mutta ei ihan tämän kokoluokan projekteja, joihin menee kuukausi ja silloin ei voi tehdä oikein muuta.

    Mielessä pyörii ideoita ties mistä hienoista kakuista (vaahtokarkkifondanttia yms), mutta ongelmana on se, ettei kukaan vaikuta halukkaalta syömään niitä! Uskomatonta mutta totta. Enkä yksinkään viitsisi ahtaa kokonaisia kakkuja tai muuta.
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    DDishman717 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
    Way cool, I love a cirucus! I bet that took a long time. Have you ever worked in clay?
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    diamondie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Professional Writer
    Thanks. And no, if you don't count a short school course focused on clay where we made a maracas. :-P Mine was UFO shaped, so much for artistic ambition.

    I don't know about clay, but I'm planning to try marshmallow fondant soon. It's supposed to have a somewhat play-doh like consistency.
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    larkin-art Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
    excellent work! whimsical and unconventional :)
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    JetJames Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
    Great piece, I like the atmosphere you have created it makes it too nice to eat. The kids would have loved it, I enjoyed just seening it. Respect to you.
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    JobobArikan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
    When the beast buckled,
    a pastry angel decended
    and healed the wound
    with a confectionaire's
    shugga kiss.
    Gabriel then procededto ruin the
    blessed mood with an
    outburst o babble!
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    isiliel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
    oooh, that looks really nice and tasty! haha, my mouth watered :giggle:
    I'm sure the kids loved it :)
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    kreelah Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
    Looks quite yummy and yet it's seems a shame to eat it (and destroy the pretty carousel). :O_o:

    You're a quite multi-faceted artist! :clap: My sincere congratulations and a happy new 2007!! :D

    May your CFS remain under control or regress!! :P (can it?)
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    :icondiamondie:
    diamondie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Professional Writer
    Thanks! Actually I just participated in a many-sided artist contest here on DA with this piece and some of my digital art, photography and literature.

    IMO the fact that culinary art is destroyed by eating is one of the best things about it. Sure it feels sad to "destroy" such a piece, but it is the function of this kind of art. And it teaches one to grow less attached to material things or something like that. No artwork lasts forever.

    CFS can definitely get better, it does that for many (perhaps even most) people, but for one who has always only progressed it doesn't seem very likely. But there are still some things left to try. I've discovered some slightly helpful treatments even after writing my latest journal.
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    kreelah Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
    Looks quite yummy and yet it's seems a shame to eat it (and destroy the pretty carousel). :O_o:

    You're a quite multi-faceted artist! :clap: My sincere congratulations and a happy new 2007!! :D

    May your CFS remain under control or regress!! :P (can it?)
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    fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006
    Excellent work, lots of attention to detail. You're a very kind soul donating it to the kids hospital too, I hope you get some wonderful karma in return.
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    diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Professional Writer
    Thanks! I couldn't make a piece like this without going way overboard with the detail.

    I really wouldn't mind some good karma, though I'd probably get better points on that front had the piece been originally made for the hospital and not as a contest entry. :-P But would have been nice to hear what the kids (and the nurses and doctors) thought about it.
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    juss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006  Student
    yummy! i want to eat that.
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    sad61t Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006
    What a brilliant idea. Can we see the other animals sometime? Carousel's are always a favourite with the younger kids when the funfair comes to town.

    Happy Christmas!
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    diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006  Professional Writer
    Thanks! I took a picture of the leopard and the giraffe just before I gave out the piece on Wednesday (the zebra and camel didn't turn out so well - the camel shape is great, but the decorations ended up less than great and even worse the leg was broken and fixed with melted sugar). :-P I haven't had the chance to unload them yet, but I should be able to put some links here tomorrow or on Monday.
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    sad61t Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006
    Slaps wrist, please ignore apostrophy in "Carousels".
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    LazyCupcake Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
    wow...wow...those..those elephants.
    wow...
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    libbi-kate Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
    this is insanely well ... beautifull. welldone xx
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    xxxroxieheartxxx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
    Beautiful! Very creative. :)
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    AliArt Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
    Very beautiful. It is evern more splendid because it took so much energy for you to make it. You are very dedicated and brave.
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    redburnphotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006   Photographer
    oh my this is amazing! wish i had the patience to make it...then again id probably just eat it half way through lol

    best of luck for the contest!
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    butterpaw Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006   General Artist
    This is such a delightful gingerbread construction! I've only just seen it, so way too late to vote but I'm definitely faving it!! :heart: Well done kudos for design, execution and fortitude in competing such an extensive project! Hope you've been getting offers of help for the cleanup! :hug:
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    misty911 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006  Professional General Artist
    very cute and fun! i love it
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    kriskringle Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
    Santa stamp of approval! :+favlove::thumbsup::santa:
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    disgraceful1 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
    regardless of whether you get to enter this in the dA competition, it FAB!! we just make a bog standard kit house with the kids every year and we always have masses of fun struggling to make something so simple!! kids have just peeped over my shoulder at this and said "WOW!!". for me, the best bit has to be the tassles on the elephant's saddle - nice touch...

    as for what to do with it - are there any children's care homes near you? or perhaps a project for disadvantaged kids?? it's definately something kids would appreciate most....

    you've inspired us to ruin our house kit today, so i'm off to buy sugar.... :)
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    diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Professional Writer
    Thanks for the comment! I was given a permission to enter this in the DA contest, otherwise I wouldn't have placed it in this category. I hope your kids don't demand an animal carousel now. :->

    The problem with these things is that I don't know! I tried to ask my dad but he doesn't seem at all keen on the donation idea, I don't know why. He just suggested I'd give it to my little sister's after school club, which seems a bit silly since they are all normal pampered kids who probably eat more than enough gingerbread at home. Pretty much all healthcare in Finland is public and concentrated into big units, not much small homes or centers and those that do exist I'm not aware of.
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    AbidingDaRules Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006   Photographer
    Oh my! I love it..that is so cool..i could never do that.. you did such a great job! :clap:
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    lonnietaylor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
    Well done! I'm all for you donating it to a hospital! It would be very appropriate for the holiday spirit.
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    diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006  Professional Writer
    Holiday spirit is something I haven't had for years, but in the end I donated the piece to a psychiatric unit of a children's hospital in Helsinki.
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    sunflower-girl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
    nice ^^
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    LLRandom Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
    Aw this is really cute i love it. Nice job!
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    WaningMoon13 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
    Oh wow, that's great!
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    btibke Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
    even if this cant be in the DA contest, this is still a great cullinary extravaganza.

    go gingerbread!
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