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So...this is my first challenge participation!  Apologies if I do something wrong here in terms of posting or explaining...

I was inspired by the popcorn machine we have in our kitchen.  It was an easy structure to assemble, basically just a box with cut-outs.  I used gingerbread for the cookie, royal icing to cover and isomalt in the windows.  The popcorn is made from fondant.  The bowl is a half sphere cookie dipped in royal icing.  The checkered base is also a gingerbread cookie with royal icing.

The liquid - which may be a stretch - is melted butter.  It isn't very visible in the photo but I sort of drizzled it here and there.  I had a "pitcher of butter" but it looked silly and not much like a pitcher of butter so I took it out.  I added a few butter drops to the cookie base.

I very much enjoyed this project and learned a lot.  A couple of things....
1. I should have thought through the drawer in the front more.   I added it as an afterthought and it's attachment is pretty messy.
2. I should have mitered the corners.  The attachments are two messy with too much visible "glue".
3. I should have sprayed the edges with gold luster spray like @Julia M. Usher did with her oven.  It would have given it a much better look.
4. Related to the previous two points, it caused me to use too many dots!  I was trying to cover up mistakes and I got a bit carried away.  You can see on the right side, I only used one line of dots - which I think probably looks better and would have really looked better if I had initially sprayed with gold luster.
5. I rolled my gingerbread too thick for the attachments like the drawer and top.

I'm really not sure if this is how I am suppose to post this or not so my apologies again if I have done so incorrectly.  Machine Close-up
This is my machine!

I have other photos of the process but I think it's pretty straight forward.

 

 

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Julia M. Usher posted:

Awesome first challenge entry and all so well explained! Perfectly posted as well! I especially love the coloring/shading on the popcorn. How did you achieve that?

Thank you so much @Julia M. Usher!  For the popcorn I colored  white fondant with gold and used some crinkled aluminum foil to shape it.  Once it had set a bit, I hand painted the kernels with food gel.  I had a bowl of popcorn in front of me as I was doing it and it was clear that all of the pieces were different!  Some of the coloring shade is also from the drizzles of "butter" which was actually a thinned out royal icing.

LisaF posted:
Julia M. Usher posted:

Awesome first challenge entry and all so well explained! Perfectly posted as well! I especially love the coloring/shading on the popcorn. How did you achieve that?

Thank you so much @Julia M. Usher!  For the popcorn I colored  white fondant with gold and used some crinkled aluminum foil to shape it.  Once it had set a bit, I hand painted the kernels with food gel.  I had a bowl of popcorn in front of me as I was doing it and it was clear that all of the pieces were different!  Some of the coloring shade is also from the drizzles of "butter" which was actually a thinned out royal icing.

 They DO look super lifelike!

LisaF posted:
Cookies Fantastique posted:

Love this!! Awesome work @LisaF ❀️. What a great, realistic container for the popcorn...so clever and creative.

Thank you so much @Cookies Fantastique! I had wanted to spray the container with some pearl luster spray but I was out.  All of our non-essential businesses are closed and I was much too impatient to wait for a delivery!

I hear you on that!!! I read your description of how you made the popcorn...super ingenius and so realistic @LisaF .

LisaF posted:

So...this is my first challenge participation!  Apologies if I do something wrong here in terms of posting or explaining...

I was inspired by the popcorn machine we have in our kitchen.  It was an easy structure to assemble, basically just a box with cut-outs.  I used gingerbread for the cookie, royal icing to cover and isomalt in the windows.  The popcorn is made from fondant.  The bowl is a half sphere cookie dipped in royal icing.  The checkered base is also a gingerbread cookie with royal icing.

The liquid - which may be a stretch - is melted butter.  It isn't very visible in the photo but I sort of drizzled it here and there.  I had a "pitcher of butter" but it looked silly and not much like a pitcher of butter so I took it out.  I added a few butter drops to the cookie base.

I very much enjoyed this project and learned a lot.  A couple of things....
1. I should have thought through the drawer in the front more.   I added it as an afterthought and it's attachment is pretty messy.
2. I should have mitered the corners.  The attachments are two messy with too much visible "glue".
3. I should have sprayed the edges with gold luster spray like @Julia M. Usher did with her oven.  It would have given it a much better look.
4. Related to the previous two points, it caused me to use too many dots!  I was trying to cover up mistakes and I got a bit carried away.  You can see on the right side, I only used one line of dots - which I think probably looks better and would have really looked better if I had initially sprayed with gold luster.
5. I rolled my gingerbread too thick for the attachments like the drawer and top.

I'm really not sure if this is how I am suppose to post this or not so my apologies again if I have done so incorrectly.  Machine Close-up
This is my machine!

I have other photos of the process but I think it's pretty straight forward.

 

 

Thanks for the full explanation Lisa...wonderful work my dear @LisaF ❀️

I am so glad that you entered the challenge. This is definitely an excellent entry, and I am in awe of your popcorn. Even though you have explained the process, I keep wanting to zoom in to ensure that they are not real! Also, I love that all of your props are also made of cookies. It looks like you learned a lot from creating your popcorn machine, but I do want to say that it still looks fantastic!

Sweet Prodigy posted:

I am so glad that you entered the challenge. This is definitely an excellent entry, and I am in awe of your popcorn. Even though you have explained the process, I keep wanting to zoom in to ensure that they are not real! Also, I love that all of your props are also made of cookies. It looks like you learned a lot from creating your popcorn machine, but I do want to say that it still looks fantastic!

Thank you so much @Sweet Prodigy. I will say, I found this technique easy and realistic. Even up close, the foil provides a texture that mimics the popped corn. The give away is probably the color. We tend to think of popcorn as yellow but it’s really much closer to eggshell. The absolute only reason I know this is because I stared at it for so long.

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