Monday, November 30, 2009

Salt dough Nisse

I just figured out that I am Google's Blog of Note today. I was thinking, "Why the cuss are all these people coming to my site today?" I thought it was some spam thing. Anyway, after my realization I felt guilty that I didn't have anything more recent than my scratch-built tavern post from over a 2 weeks ago. I've been way busy with work and with Thanksgiving / Christmas goings-on, so I haven't been painting any models. However, I'd say this little project is appropriate.

A couple days ago my daughters and I painted up 12 salt dough nisse ornaments. A "nisse" is basically a Danish Christmas gnome, although the tradition goes back to pre-Christian times. He is known as a "tomten" in Sweden. The author of Pippi Longstocking wrote a couple books about them. I painted a 20mm metal nisse last year.

Our ornament is hand-made baked dough. My wife developed a gluten free salt dough recipe. I made a cardboard template which we used to carve out the nisse shapes. We baked them, and my daughters and I painted them. It's not my usual model-making post, but the skill set is the same.

37 comments:

Dr.Vishaal Bhat said...

Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Congratulations on being a blog of note!

Moonshadow said...

Congrats on BoN! Nice looking Christmas gnome. I really like miniatures so I will checking out the rest of your blog.

Eli Arndt said...

Awesome! Love these little fellows. Do you think you could post the recipe for the dough?

-Eli

Andrew said...

Thanks dudes.

Eli, if you click the link in my post it takes you to my wife's blog. She has her corn starch dough recipe and the book that contained the original wheat salt dough recipe.

Eli Arndt said...

Thanks,

Sorry about that, for some reason I wasn't getting a link there and thought it was just bolded.

-Eli

ivan said...

hi... nice article

Jasper said...

Congrats on being Notable, Andy!

blessingsgoddess said...

Nice Danish Christmas gnome !

A Good Moroccan said...

Good blog...well done.

joehebden said...

Excellent blog.

shamoood said...

Nice blog......nice collection of miniatures.

Above all, congratulations to be "Blog of Note"

The villager: said...

What an appealing little fellow !

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Crazy People I've Worked With said...

Great minitures - congrats on your Blog of Note-ness!

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Bonus said...

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The Revolutionary said...

I just discovered your blog through the "Blogs of Note," and I'm already a fan. My grandfather was really into miniatures, so I'm glad to have stumbled across your blog.

Kay Richardson said...

Congrats on noteworthyness. Loving the nisse.

ANNA-LYS said...

Congrats from me and Tomten ;-)

Chandrika Shubham said...

Congrates on being a blog of note! Nice blog!

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Lando123 said...

I used to have a 'nisse' statue, but I lost it recently during a move. I'll have to try making some of those salt dough gnomes, though. Thanks for the information! I love European history!

Gillian said...

Congratulations on your Blogs of Note.

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Ohhh Snap said...

Nice Gnome!

Jason said...

Congrats! That's a great achievement. Keep up the good work, I love your blog.

ROSITA's said...

This blog is really nice and nice collection of miniaturs also..

squazellcolt said...

cute little Santa out there.. anyway the owner of this blog are very creative. love your blog.

Andrew said...

Thanks for all the comments, folks!

Geoff maritz said...

Blog of note. You deserve it. Well done. We know them as Pippie langkouse in afrikaans.

heph said...

congrats

Alfred Walter said...

Nice post and really interesting.
Keep it up.

"Guppy" Honaker said...

Congratulations on being a "Blog of Note!" Your miniture painting is remarkable. My wife used to build doll houses, and make her own miniature furniture and such. She loved doing that.
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Lavina said...

Salt dough is the win. Also, ever played any Warhammer?

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nice

Ms. Anne said...

These are awesome!