Cuckoo Clock Gingerbread House! Part One...

 Last year I had so much fun making that Harry Potter gingerbread house, that I thought I would try it again this year.  I had been thinking for quite some time about what I wanted to do and this is what I came up with - a Gingerbread Cuckoo Clock with working gears inside!

I love Cuckoo Clocks in general and a lot of real Cuckoo Clocks are called "Gingerbread" Cuckoo clocks because of all of the wooden details on them. ( Unless it's because they used to be made out of gingerbread? nah...) I did a bit of research and found several clocks that I liked and amalgamated the bits I found interesting to make this clock here.  I did a quick sketch and then started out by making the first base shape. I then added the sides and roof.  I then made the branches, birds and leaves.
 For the top piece, I really wanted to make a reindeer, I haven't the foggiest idea how this is going to turn out in gingerbread, but why not give it a go!

 So here's where people might think I am a little off my rocker. For some reason, probably because I like steampunk so much, I wanted the clock to have working gears. By that I mean Gingerbread Gears that turn in sequence.  I used this great program called a gear template generator in order to create the gears so that they will work.  I made the clock face see through so you can see the gears, and there are three layers to my clock, a backdrop, the gears and what I am calling an axle holder. My foam core model worked okay when I did it, although soft material like foamcore doesn't really like being pushed the way the gears were pushing it. The foam core kind of got squished a bit. I am hoping the Gingerbread will be harder.  However, I am not going to be crushed if they don't work BUT wouldn't it be cool if they did?

 This is what I am hoping it will turn out like, but I will probably have two birds on the real thing. Oh, and I am also going to get a special shelf so it can sit on the wall, like a real clock! What do you think of that Gepetto?


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