Showing posts with label Brown Bag Molds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brown Bag Molds. Show all posts

Friday, April 25, 2014

Magical & Celestial Brown Bag Cookie Molds

I haven't posted any molds lately, I thought 
you'd enjoy these magical & celestial molds.
Magical Horse
height-5 1/4 in
width-5 1/4 in
Apple Blossom Fairy 
height-6 1/2in
width-6 in
Sun & Moon
height-4 1/4 in
width-5 3/4 in
Celestial Gift Tags-1994
height-5 1/2 in
width-5 1/2

I am working on undies for Aletha & enjoying
 this wonderful spring weather. 
 It's so hard to stay inside.
I hope it's nice where you live!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day Postcards & Brown Bag Heart Molds

 Valentine's day is almost here.
This set of 6 Raphael Tuck postcards illustrated by
American artist Frances Brundage were sold for
Valentine's Day in 1906.
I hope they make you smile too!
Frances Brundage

Learn more about this American illustrator:
Frances Brundage 

These heart molds are especially
beautiful painted in watercolors.
I love the tiny bee.
Strawberry Heart-1990
height-5 1/2 in
width-5 1/2 in
Four Hearts-1994
height-5 1/2 in
width-5 1/2 in
Strawberries and flowers, reminds me of spring,
it's 13 degrees this morning brrrrrrrrrrr.
Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Folk Doll & Yorky Brown Bag Molds

We've had plenty of snowy winter weather and frigid 
temperatures here.  I've been spending too much time 
by the fire watching old movies instead of sewing!
Here are a couple of cute molds.
Folk Doll-1988
height-7 1/2 in
width-4 1/4 in
height-6 1/2 in
width-4 3/4 in
This little mold will soon travel to Florida to
live with collector Cathy.  I know "Jazzy" will
be well loved!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Molds

Brown Bag made 4 Limited Edition
 Old World Double-Sided Santas.
Father Christmas #3 in the series
was issued in 1998.   These Santas are
 the only two sided molds made.  The
 front of the mold has a raised image. 
 The other side has the depression used
 for making cookies or paper castings.

It's a beautiful mold.  Also, it's nice to see
what the cookie or casting will actually look like.
Brown Bag also made paper craft molds.
The 1994 mold below makes 3 1/2 inch stars.
The 1997 Christmas Cut-Apart makes small
cookies or little paper gift tags.
Occasionally, I come across molds by
other companies that I just can't pass up.
 The Longaberger Company is known for 
it's fine baskets.  They also made beautifully 
designed stoneware cookie molds.  These tiny 
molds were sold as Christmas ornaments.
They make little 3 1/4 inch paper
 snowflakes.  Add glitter dust to the wet
 pulp and they sparkle!

This nutcracker was issued in 1997  by Wilton.
  Every year the studio where my daughter and nieces 
studied dance put on the Nutcracker Ballet. 
 Wonderful memories for us.  
How could I leave this mold behind? 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Brown Bag Scardy Cat Mold

Several months ago I came across a Halloween Brown 
Bag mold.  The Scardy Cat mold was released in 1988
 and has the simple design of the early molds that I am so 
fond of.  I wonder what gave this little fellow
such a fright!  Several Halloween molds still elude me,
the Witch, Ghost and Haunted House................. 
Scardy Cat 1988
height-6 in
width-5 1/2 in

When black cats prowl and
pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
Unknown Author


Friday, September 27, 2013

Origin Of The Brown Bag Cookie Molds

While walking through the streets of Boston's
China town in early 1982, Lucy Natkiel 
spotted a tray of beautiful molded almond cookies 
through the window of a small grocery store.  
Inspired by the intricate details of those oversized
 cookies, Lucy created Brown Bag Cookie Art molds.
The Good Luck Fish was the first Brown 
Bag cookie mold designed and produced by
Lucy in 1983.   
Beautiful Swan was introduced
in the first year of production and
was used as the advertising symbol.
Why the name Brown Bag?
"We have been asked over and over where
the name Brown Bag Cookie Art came 
from.  Actually, it evolved out of our philosophy
that the small, everyday things in our
lives should be as wonderful as possible.
What could be more ordinary than brown
bags?  What treat is more common than
cookies?  Let's take these humble things that
we almost take for granted and elevate them
to a level that they become art.  These
cookies are edible art to be enjoyed every
day, not just on special occasions."
Lucy Natkeil
Lucy designed well over 200 cookie molds until
her retirement in 2006.   The most sought after
molds today, were not very popular when
they were first produced so few were made.
A couple examples.

Cat With Bird-1983 
Lucy still designs beautiful cookie stamps and
 shortbread pans.  I have a couple of pans, not only 
are they beautiful, but they make the best 
shortbread, which just happens to be my hubby's 
favorite cookie with his English tea.
I purchased my first mold in 1983 at the
original issue price of $12.00. Eventually
the price was $18.00, a bit too pricey with a
growing family.  A few years later I began to see
 them at garage sales and flea markets for as little
 as 25 cents and my obsession began!
Good thing my kitchen has beams.........
the other sides are full too!
Learn more at:

Friday, August 23, 2013

How To Make Paper Castings-Brown Bag Molds

 As you know I collect Brown Bag cookie molds
and have been working on making paper 
castings of each mold for my Brown Bag Page.
The idea is to show the detail in each mold,
so I have kept the castings rather plain.
I thought I'd show how, it's so simple.
 Most everything I need is already in my kitchen. 

I use cotton linter to make my castings.
 What is cotton linter?  It's actually the tiny fibers left
behind on the cotton seed after ginning has removed
the long cotton fibers.  It's the finest silky fiber and for
 paper making there is no equal.  Cotton linter is durable,
strong and naturally acid free.  The best linter is snowy
white & when used in castings it gives a sharp clear image.
Being cotton, it's easily dyed.  I have ornaments my kids
made and painted with water colors over 20 years ago,
 that are still is wonderful condition.
If I am going to paint my castings I use this
additive.  It's non toxic, acid free and gives a
smooth surface for paints, watercolors
& inks.  It also minimizes bleeding.
I have no clue what's in it!
I buy my supplies online at:
Arnold Grummer
I use a section of linter about the size of my
mold and tear it into small pieces.
I can make 2 molds in one blending, but I'm
careful not to overload the blender.
I add water and let it soak several minutes.
I add brewed tea to my blender to give
 the castings an aged look.    
I usually let my linter soak 15 minutes,
 then I blend it into a pulp.
I pour about 1/2 the mixture into a 
sieve and let it drain.  I save the water
mixture and reuse it, if I am making several
castings in one day.
This is Mother Goose.
I pour the drained pulp into the mold,
spreading it evenly in the mold, 
adding more if needed.
I use a sponge to absorb the bulk of
the water/tea mixture from the mold.
Then using paper towels or a cloth, I
press the pulp "firmly" into the mold
removing as much liquid as I can.
I set it aside for about 24 hours to dry.
If using a wooden or a reproduction mold,
I don't leave the casting in the mold to dry.
When I have removed as much water as 
possible,  I carefully loosen the edge with a 
single edged razor blade or sharp knife,
 and gently turn the casting onto a cloth
covered cookie sheet to dry.
 I drain any left over pulp.
I then squeeze out the water, let dry and
use next time.  No waste at all!
Being "creative" is the fun part of paper casting.
Adding construction paper to your pulp before 
blending gives it color.  I have added fabric
shreds, glitter and paint to my pulp.  I have
never tried paper clay, but I bet it works well 
too.  I use an old blender when making castings 
that have non edible ingredients.  The wonderful
 thing about these stoneware molds, they are 
dishwasher safe!   
When the castings are dry, I use a sharp knife or
single edged razor blade to loosen the edges.

They usually pop right out.
If I'm an unhappy with a cast, I simply
tear it up and re cast it!
So easy and so much fun!
If you stop by a flea market or garage sale,
 keep your eyes  open for one of these might catch the Brown 
Bag bug too!

Mother Goose                                                   Mr. Squirrel