2022 Contest Results
A Sincere Thank You to everyone that participated in this year’s contest.
We Love seeing the creativity and new uses for the molds.
The time and effort that went into your entries is very appreciated.
-Ken, Alice and Jerry
2022 Contest Results
Three prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories.
1st prize: $80.00 gift certificate toward our molds.
2nd prize: $60.00 gift certificate toward our molds.
3rd prize: $40.00 gift certificate toward our molds.
Honorable Mention: $25.00 gift certificate toward our molds.
Santa Art Category (using only TSB molds)
This category will be to see who can produce the most beautiful looking Santa. You may use any medium you wish. Your Santa can be made from cookie dough, marzipan, salt dough, paper mache’, clay or any other medium. Any coloring medium is also accepted.
First Place: Kim Dunham
“I have made a Santa using #2262 Thuringia Santa and six more molds:
#302 Sleigh, #1621 Eva’s Angel, #1569 Owl, #1643 Fish, #1916 Flower Girl, #2219 Giraffe. My process is as follows: I pressed all molds in Das non-toxic air dry clay. I chopped off the Angel’s wings and Flower Girl’s upraised arm (sorry Ladies!). They became dolls in Santa’s basket along with the “handler” from the giraffe mold. Angel was given her own pet owl to hold. There is also a miniature sleigh to give. The giraffe was made into a working pull toy for a lucky child! Santa also has a nice fish dinner for those on his route. All pieces were dried and painted. I cut a tracing of the mold from 2 by 12 pine lumber, attached that to a wood base, then glued the clay Santa to the structure. The toys and fish were put in place. All pieces were finished with hand rubbed polyurethane.”
Inspiration: my ten grandchildren range in age from 4 years to 19 years and I am always seeking fun ways to “connect” them when they are separated by scores of years and thousands of miles – and don’t often see each other. Your latest LARGE molds gave me the idea to create a cookie puzzle and have them (in teams) reassemble the image.
The cookie is a non-leavened lemon cookie sugar cookie.
- I scored it with puzzle cutters PRIOR to baking –
just deep enough to imprint.
- After baking I lightly scored again cooled and dried for two days between paper towels to avoid the dreaded “butter stain”.
- I painted using various edible baking paints and let dry again.
- I used the same cookie cutters to cut out the puzzle and then packaged in small wooden boxes.
ONE of the “local” grandchildren was able to reassemble.
Third Place: Nadia Pereira
Santa Maypole toy: This is a Santa maypole toy I made using the #1513 Freiburg Santa mold. I made this by attaching a pole to a square wooden base, adding 4 ribbons from the top of the pole connected to a round platform with 4 Santas. I used the Freiburg Santa mold to make the Santa’s with a baking soda/cornstarch clay. I then painted the toy with acrylic paint. To see the Santas spin, give the platform a little wind and let go.
Best Cookie Display (using only TSB molds)
This category is for the most creative cookie display using any of our molds; Springerle,
Spekulatius, Speculaas or Gingerbread or a good mix of all.
First Place: Nancy Rau
My Cookie Display tells a wintry story…
Snowmen’s Glen can be a cold lonely place in the heart of winter, but Santa with his fleet of airborne (look-alike) helpers are bringing joy to the valley as they fly through the clouds dropping gifts into the glen. Some stealthy elves are hiding among the trees and even a couple little boys have arrived to deliver more joy. Many of the snowmen have already excitedly donned scarves and hats that were airdropped, but there are still a few “unclothed” snowmen that have yet to get their presents. Even as night descends, gifts continue to float to the ground. Snowmen’s Glen is indeed enjoying a Happy Holiday this year!!
The cookies are delicious almond/amaretto/Earl Gray springerle painted with luster dust. (TSB molds used are 2278 Santa; 1589, 512, 1686 snowmen; 2282 elf walking; 2281 elves hiding in trees/under the star). Snowmen cookies are backed with a thin layer of white chocolate coating. Candy melt disks were attached to the base of cookies to allow them to stand on their own.
Packages on the ground, parachutes, bare snowmen, and snowballs are hand-formed from modeling chocolate and painted with luster dust. Trees are piped using royal icing, with luster dust shading/highlights and powdered sugar snow.
The 360-degree display utilizes a tiered wedding cake stand with a cloud layer of poly fiber-fill. Seven airplane cloud cookies are supported by candy-melt feet sitting on the tiers under the fiber clouds. The top 3 large cookies are balanced against the base of the metal top star with a tiny hand-cut Santa/elf perched on top. A dab of melted chocolate holds cookies in place as needed. The modeling chocolate parachutes are supported by clear nylon thread tied to the tier above.
Second Place: Melissa Stagg
Welcome to a gnome wonderland where Christmas gnomes are getting ready for the holidays! They have been busy in the kitchen baking vanilla crispy brun fonce Springerle, orange-cranberry Swiss Meringue Springerle and honey vanilla shortbread. There are elegant glass slippers and Glowbulb has happily helped themselves to a pair of gold and silver ones! The Nutcracker Bears are standing guard all around the wonderland keeping little and big hands alike away from the yummy cookies displayed all throughout the town. The nutcracker bears are especially standing guard at the base of the cookie-gnome tree, adorned with cornucopias, our Happy Holidays Snowman, rose gnomes and our whimsical snowcat. Annie, the garden faerie, has put on her winter golden glow to bless the town with her faerie magic while Santa reads all of the Christmas letters in the Diamond Rose Garden. Santa is not at a loss for transportation this year as he has readied his plane and rocketship. He is jolly and joyous, rejoicing with his toy sack, filled to overflowing with amazing toys and delights and he’s also content as he enjoys springerle at the cooled chimney. Candycane can hardly contain her excitement as her nose glows bright- it’s going to be a lovely holiday. From my gnome to yours, happy holidays to all!
2283 (Santa/Rocketship), 2250 (Annie the Garden Faerie), 2174 (Santa at Chimney), 2155 (elegant glass slipper), 442 (cornucopia bouquet), 540 (Nutcracker bear), 1589 (Happy Holidays Snowman), 414 (whimsical snowcat), 2278 (2022 Santa in bi-plane), 454 (Santa with letter), 2288 (Diamond Rose) and 2056 (2021 Jolly Santa).
Third Place: Hayden Annika.
These are soft gingerbread cookies with a glaze and gold accents. The cookies are a reddish hue in tribute to an old 15th century recipe in which sandal wood shavings were added to create a red cookie. The gold accents are also a tribute to the old tradition of decorating gingerbread with gold leaf. I used edible coloring and no wood chips for this recipe to create the color. The recipe contains a secret ingredient- vegetable glycerine so that the interior remains ultra moist for days.
Molds used: #518 Goethe Acorn, #2143 Kohler Tulip Flower, #1752 Muenchen Heart and #2106 I Love You Heart.
Best Cake and Cupcake topper (using only TSB molds)
This category is for the best looking cake using a topper made with a single
TSB mold or a few. Cupcake submissions are also accepted. Be creative!
First Place: Rachel Slipke
This is a Swedish Princess Cake using Springerle molds purchased from your shop. The overlay of a Swedish Princess Cake is Marzipan. This was our 2021 Christmas cake. I was so excited about this cake and have been looking forward to sending the photos for your contest. We lightly painted the marzipan with gold and used royal icing for the piping. It was a show-stopper!! Molds used: #206 just the top edge of the mold. #427 Hunting mold for top.
Second Place: Maki Takahashi
＊Piece’s Title: Rabbits for a Better, New year.
1. Marshmallow fondant: Marshmallow, vegetable shorting, water, food color, Sicilian flower (flavor), gold dragees, and luster dust (gold).
2. Caramel cage: Granulated sugar, water, and oil.
3. Puffed corn for edges of the cage.
4. Royal icing: Powdered sugar, meringue powder, water, flavoring (vanilla), and food color.
Rolling pin, cutting board, silicon mat, cookie cutters, scissors, porcelain bowl, styloform board, cake decorating turn table, brush, and of course, Ken’s heart shaped mold ＃2229.
5) Ornaments (using only TSB molds)
This category is for the best looking and creative use of our molds to create tree, free standing or other ornaments.
First Place: Theresa Little
Ever since realizing that bygone eras celebrated the feast of St. John the Apostle (December 27th) as a large part of Christmastide festivities, I’ve wanted to use my TSB mold #221 to create a Christmas ornament. This year’s TSB Christmas ornament competition was the perfect opportunity to do just that!
As this mold is Eucharistic in theme, it seemed appropriate to also incorporate the Eucharistic symbol of the cornucopia, as well as scriptures John 6:54-55 and Psalm 116:12-13.
Inspired by shrines sometimes found on the walls of Italian buildings, I made individual paper casts of frames and other parts of TSB molds (#221, #419, #1870) that could be used to mimic architectural moulding. When curving the moulding was necessary, I moistened the bottoms of the casts, and either reshaped them with my fingers, or permitted them to dry on domed objects.
The main body of the ornament is made from a cardboard box and foam ball, which I decoupaged with hand-dyed tissue paper. Every rose and vine was also made by hand from tissue paper.
Second Place: Diane Aho
For my entry I created a grouping of Santa Ornaments using TSB 2022 Santa Mold #2278 and TSB Trier Santa #1896.
I was having so much fun playing with methods and materials that I tried several ideas. I used layers of blue tissue paper on 2 of the ornaments. Painted using water color pencils and chalk. I mounted 1 inside a small embroidery hoop with a mat of plaid cardstock and the other was mounted on cardboard using a wide mouth canning ring as a frame, then sprayed with a pearl finish.
I used layers of toilet tissue on 2 ornaments. I glued one over the top of a plastic cup, brushed it with luster dust and then sprayed pearl finish on it. The second one shows amazing detail. I sprayed it lightly with a fixative and tacked it down on card stock with braided chord edging and brass-colored brads on the corners.
The Trier Santa was made by layering various colors of tissue paper to make a cast. The tree trunk is the stem from a dry lavender stalk. I did use acrylic paint on his face and hands and to touch up a few spots. I sprayed it with a pearl finish and mounted it to part of an old gift bag.
Third Place: Rhonda Knauf
This design idea started out by accident. As I was removing the clay lady from her mold, she broke in two pieces. Instead of starting over, I let the clay pieces dry, then brainstormed as to what to do to make her into an interesting piece of art. I think these two samples look like antique baroque metal sculptures that were found and someone tried to fix them instead of discarding them…something you might see in a museum.
They would be nice displayed in shadow boxes, like a museum might do. I think I will hang mine in the windows of my French Country living room this Christmas, with a sprig of fresh holly.
I molded two large Springerle Baker molds using paper clay. Once dry, I broke them in strategic places. I painted one with copper paint and the other in brass. I added a substance that would naturally form a metal patina when it interacted with the metallic paints. I roughly wired the pieces together and added some bells ( they went through the same patina process).
Paper clay. metallic paint, patina mixture, copper and brass wire, metal bells. Molds used were #2302 The Queen and #1730 Frau Hannelore.
Honorable Mention: Carrie Roe
Title: “Advent Wreath: Light the Way to Christmas!”
In the Christian tradition, the four weeks before Christmas are called Advent. To symbolize this time of spiritual preparation, a candle is lit on each preceding Sunday. On Christmas Day, the “Christ Candle” (white) is finally lit. Besides the center white candle, there are three purple and one pink or rose- colored candles each signifying hope, love, joy, and peace.
I’ve created my version using TSB# 2031 Madonna and Child as a centerpiece for the Christ Candle. Flower mold TSB #2347 depicts the Christmas rose, three in purple and one in pink.
Process: The paper medallions were hand cast and allowed to dry on ” thrift shop” glassware to conform to the shape of the glass. After drying, the medallions were painted with oxide ink, a layer of distress translucent crackle paste, and finally a layer of brown ink to distress and “crack” the surface to resemble cracked antique porcelain.
Assembly: Glass crystals colored with purple and pink alcohol ink, mini lights, and coordinating purple and pink candles were added to the glassware surrounded by white pine tree trimmings.
Traditionally the candles would be placed in a circle around the center Christ candle but for the sake of photography I left these in a straight row.
However you prepare for the season, I wish everyone the spirit of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Winter wishes!
6) Miscellaneous (using only TSB molds)
This category allows your creative side to really express itself.
Food items or craft items.
First Place: Chris McMahon
My vision is the lighting of the town Christmas tree after Christmas Mass.
To the right of the church are two of the townspeople, gingerbread, who will attend the festivities. Being in olden times, the man has his gun for protection from wild animals who lurk on the edge of town.
The church of the Holy Angels has Springerle angels as statues on the front and sides of the church. The steeple hosts the bells signaling Midnight. The church is made of gingerbread and homemade stain glass candy for the windows with tiny lights inside to enhance the windows.
At the side of the church is a Nativity scene with the nativity being a Springerle cookie and the stable is gingerbread with stain glass sides adhered to the gingerbread. Two colorful Springerle angels and one golden gingerbread angel pay attendance to the Nativity.
Next, we see the town wishing well made of small Springerle cookies and filled with stain glass candy with the announcement of the Santa contest. Around the area we see colorful Springerle Santas vying for the competition.
The left front area has the out-of-towners arriving in horse/sleighs to the tree lighting. All made of Springerle. The tree is made of Kransekake dough and decorated with sprinkles and interior lighting. Surrounded by packages of Springerle cookies and small figures of Springerle. The large Santa and Pere are made of gingerbread. Bordering the back of the display are gift bags of Springerle cookies.
Molds used: Hunter #1824, Lady Edith #523, Tiny Riss Santa #406, Tiny Aachen Santa #424, Salzuflen Santa #2059, Pere Fouettard #2173, Trier Santa #1896, Cologne Angel #1541, Winter Sleigh Ride – 2 sizes #2307 and #425, Eva Angel- 2 sizes #437 and #1621, Nativity #1644, Tree with gifts #2333, Square molds that made wishing Well were Niederstatten 8 image #2096, Bell #2334 – and a variety of the small ones listed above are in the gift packages.
Second Place: Dan Schneider
This was made from a pre existing mobile to which I attached red and green “cookies” made out of Crayola Model Magic. I used six different molds: Jolly Santa #72, Horn Blower #222, Stade Santa #2281, Hitzacker Santa #1909, Happy Holidays Snowman #1589, Trankner Bell #1563. The one picture is a video showing the mobile in motion.
Dan sent a video of his mobile in action but this page won’t accept that file. It does look great in action.
Third Place: Kay Kirch
Mold used was #213 Elsebeth’s Garden to make this pendant. Necklace made with resin.
Honorable Mention: Karen Frimel
My idea is to try to show off the cookies in my table setting. By making a slot at the bottom of the cookie, you can display on the edge of a coffee mug. Then you can enjoy your beverage and the cookie too. Would be fun as part of a dessert bar or at each person’s place setting.
Things I learned:
You need to make the slot before baking. The slot needs to be slightly larger than the cup edge as the cookie expands a bit while baking. The mold design needs to be one that cutting the slot still allows the picture to be seen. I used TBS 2009 Santa mold and TBS #2082 children caroling.