I'm not sure if many of you are familiar with Hammer Song cookie cutters. Hammer Song cutters are handmade from tin. They're made in the tradition of 18th and 19th century tinsmiths. Most of the cookie cutters tend to be on the larger side (5 inches or bigger). Many of the shapes are whimsical and unique, i.e skating polar bear, pie maker, bear hugging a tree, etc. These shapes are fun and cute, but could only be used once or twice, which can be a draw back when purchasing a cookie cutter. One of the other things that is hard to overlook is the price. With many of the cutters being so large, the price of one Hammer Song cookie cutter can start at $30 and go up from there. It's hard for me to spend that amount on such a specialized shape. Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to own many of Hammer Song cookie cutters. Especially this one, I think it's just so pretty. So you are probably asking why am I telling you all this. I had to give you some history of why I love this little polar bear. When I saw this cookie cutter, I knew I had to own it. It's the same as the Hammer Song one just smaller and cheaper! You can find the Christmas tree there too.
To decorate the polar bear, I started by piping and flooding him with white icing. I placed black dragees decoration balls on the wet icing for an eye. I allowed the white icing to dry overnight. The next day, I piped on the scarf and added the white dot while the icing was wet. I then piped on a black nose. For the bears skates, I used silver luster dust mixed with few drops of alcohol. I painted directly onto the cookie.
For the Christmas trees, I piped and flooded them with the same colors as the scarfs on the bears. I allowed the trees to dry overnight. The next day I used this stencil to air on the polka dot design. I used a silver sheen for the airbrushing.