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Monday, October 27, 2014

Beeswax Castings

I was browsing on Etsy a few weeks ago and found these 
beeswax castings made from reproductions of the
Springerle cookie molds carved as long ago as 1500.
I've always loved Springerle cookie molds, so these caught my eye!




Pure beeswax is melted, tinted black and poured into the molds.
Then they are dusted with cinnamon to bring out the detailing.
They smell like honey!



I had brought home a box of vintage picture frames from the
auction trash a few months ago and I looked through them and
found a frame that was the right size.
I used hot glue to attached foam board and cork to the back
so I could pin the castings in the frame.





The castings are made by Jane at Magpie Jane.
You can visit her shop HERE.
It was fun to browse through all the choices!
I love the vintage look and she does beautiful work, doesn't she?

I hung this in my new kitchen!


39 comments:

  1. Delightful Betsy . . . it looks so classy and well worthy to hang in the new kitchen . . . you really are very arty and talented with interior design and using gems like this . . . . :)

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    1. Crumbs . . . I'm first . . . lol

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    2. Look who's first! And you lost some beauty sleep to do it! haha.

      Thanks for the nice words....I like the way it turned out and it's something unique, too. I'll show it in the kitchen soon. :)

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    3. Looking forward to that . . .
      From what you have shown us it looks as though someone has waved a magic wand and transformed the whole living/kitchen area and your little touches finish it beautifully . . . :)

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  2. This is absolutely beautiful - you have such a knack, Betsy!
    I want it :-)

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    1. Isn't that cool? I got that box of old pretty frames at the same auction I got your "Hope". :)

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  3. Very interesting. I have one cookie mold, a windmill, but have never tried, or at least never been successful at, making molded cookies. Maybe I should search out some beeswax. ha ha!

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    1. I have one cookie mold and a recipe that turns out really well.

      http://myfivemen.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-lamb-sugar-cookies.html

      I think the springerle molds were more for pressing on top of the dough, like shortbread. Either way, I think they are pretty. Windmill cookies would be awesome!

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    2. I have a wooden flower press and the wooden windmill mold but I haven't really tried and been successful with either one. Maybe this winter, when I'm stuck inside with no small children, I will give it a try again.
      Your lambs are cute. I do remember them now.
      :0)

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    3. I wonder if they can be used as butter molds or if those are something completely different. Little molded butter pats would be fun for thanksgiving....if you had a gazillion hours for prep. Lol....Martha Stewart would do it. Ha.

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    4. That sounds like a rather fun idea...
      Maybe we'll have little butter pats with flowers embossed upon them.
      :0)

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  4. Wow, they are very well done
    Even have a fish for fun
    Is it a singing bass
    That would sure impress my little rhyming umm mass

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    1. I haven't heard it sing a tune
      but I swear it's eye gave a wink or two!

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  5. L. O. V. E. Fabulous. (I want one. But you have the original and only!)

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    1. Oh, go to her shop and buy some of your own! She'd be thrilled, I'm sure...and there are SO many to choose from....

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  6. I am going to look. But the great way you have them arranged and displayed is what makes them so cool. You really do have good ideas, especially with all that auction loot! Beautiful work!

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    1. Feel free to take my idea....a frame from the thrift store and a roll of cork from Lowes. The foam board was from walmart!

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  7. I love them! Such a good idea to use cinnamon to bring out the details. They really do have a nice vintage feel, and the way you displayed them is perfect!

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    1. I just chose what I liked and didn't know how I would ultimately display them....got lucky on how symmetrical it was. Lol....

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  8. Look really beautiful Betsy!
    I love vintage molds!

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    1. Those old wooden molds are lovely. I would like to collect them but they are so expensive! I'll stick to the castings I guess. Ha.

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    2. Usually the vintage stuff are really expensive.Here too!

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  9. those castings are pretty cool...and cool that thy smell like honey...and cinnamon surely...ha....

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    1. Honey and cinnamon....how can you go wrong? Ha.

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  10. Those are wonderful castings and they look great in your frame.

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    1. I'm glad I found a use for that frame....I thought it was so pretty!

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  11. Hi Betsy - those are amazing and you're so clever to work out what you could do with them. Just delightful to look at .. and to remind us what was so important centuries ago .. the homestead, fish, wheat, bees for that honey (what a great aroma to have around the kitchen), and then the nuts, fruits, flowers and the little cup of welcoming tea - maybe it isn't it - but looks like it to me .. cheers and good luck with the final major week of the reno - before your tops arrive .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I was thinking how beautiful a Christmas tree would be full of these! Very vintage and unique!

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  12. Hey - I like those! One of the best nits about a completed home project is decorating it with the odd thing afterwards; I can imagine these looking splendid in your kitchen.

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    1. I totally agree....that's my favorite part.....puttering around and doing all the finishing touches!

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  13. I meant "best bits". Best "nits"! - good grief!

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    1. Yes...bits. You of all people should have gotten "bit" correct. Ha.

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  14. Very nice. And, if the cinnamon smell stays around it will lend a delightful scent to the room.

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    1. I haven't noticed the cinnamon smell as much as the honey...but it's still a pleasant surprise!

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  15. She really does nice work! It was pretty enough to be alone, so I was surprised when I saw it in a frame. It gave an unique idea an even more unique look. :)

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  16. They are so good looking and the process creates some quality traditional looking pieces.

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    1. Yes...I thought so, too...so beautiful! I love the details!

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