Springerle molds are traditionally used to make an anise-flavored German cookie. But here, House on the Hill owner Connie Meisinger uses them to create beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments with clay.
- Springerle cookie mold
- Rolling pin
- Craft knife or bench scraper
- Cookie rack
- Fine sandpaper
- Acrylic paints
- Glazing medium
- Acrylic satin finish
- Dark brown (raw umber) acrylic paint
- Cotton rag
- Coordinating paper (for back of ornament)
- Ribbon for hanging
- White glue
Dust work surface and mold with cornstarch to prevent sticking. Knead clay into a solid mass, then roll to about 1/2 inch thick with a rolling pin.
Press the mold firmly and straight down into the clay; lift the mold straight up. Cut the casting from the clay with a craft knife or bench scraper and place on a cookie rack to dry for approximately 24 hours.
Sand rough edges with fine sandpaper.
Paint details with acrylic paints. Let paint dry for 15 minutes, then apply a coat of glazing medium. Let dry an additional 2 to 3 hours.
To antique the painted surface, mix 5 parts glazing medium with 1 part dark brown paint. With a large flat brush, quickly coat the painted surface with mixture.
Immediately wipe surface with a clean cotton rag, leaving the glaze in the recesses and corners.
Let dry 3 to 4 hours or overnight; once dry, brush with varnish and let dry several hours.
Cut a 6-inch piece of ribbon; form into a loop. Adhere ends of loop to the top back side of the ornament. Cut a piece of paper to fit the back surface; glue paper to back side, over the ribbon ends. Write a message on paper backing, if desired.