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.
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011
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.