The Elusive Cookie Cutter

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02 Oct The Elusive Cookie Cutter

During my high school years I spent a lot of time playing music with the band. Actually, that’s wrong. I spent all of my time with the band. Literally all of it. As a result, I happened to know a thing or two about music and whatnot. This being the case, I was really excited when I was approached about making some piano and saxophone shaped cookies. I immediately hit the internet looking for the perfect cookie cutters. What greeted me was a myriad of cookie cutters that had been designed by people that had most likely never actually seen these instruments in real life.

In their defense, there are a lot of things in this world that I am very ignorant of also. If someone approached me and asked me to make a cookie cutter in the shape of a car engine, my response would be “uh… here’s a square… am I close?”. The winners of the bad cookie cutter award go to the following two masterpieces:

Bad PianoBad Saxophone

I mean, come on! They didn’t even take the photo of the piano upright! In all of my life, I have never seen a grand piano with so many right angles. As far as the saxophone goes, the keys aren’t even on the correct side. Granted, there are a few keys on the back of a saxophone but the VAST majority are on the opposite side. My inner music nerd was just screaming in frustration.

After hours of searching, I finally settled on a simple piano cookie cutter which can be found by following this link. For the saxophone, I ultimately decided that it would be cheaper if I just made my own. I had found this beautiful copper cutter, but it was so obscenely expensive (for a cookie cutter, anyway) that I just couldn’t justify buying it.

I ended up with a cookie cutter making kit from Amazon for $16.82. This kit comes with enough raw material for many cookie cutters so the price seemed fair. It came with a couple of whatchamahoozits and a thingamabob (sorry, don’t know the technical terms) and seemed straightforward enough.

Cookie Cutter 2

My first step was to sketch an outline of the saxophone and then use a string to measure the outline so that I could determine how much of the aluminum strip that I needed. Below you will see my top-notch art skills at work. I then used some normal scissors to cut a strip of aluminum about an inch and a half longer than the length of the string… you need some excess left over to join the two sides. I also found it helpful to cut out my patter so that I could place my cookie cutter on top of it.

Cookie Cutter TemplateCookie Cutter 3

 

The biggest challenge that I ran into was trying to add the buttons where I wanted them. I attempted one and quickly realized that there was no way that that was happening. It was too intricate… instead I’m going to use icing to draw the keys on.

Cookie Cutter 5

As I was going along, I began to realize that I was using my hands more than the tools that were provided in the kit. Yes, the thingamabob was useful for making sharp corner and yes, the whatchamahoozit helped to make a nice clean curve, but those tools could have easily been replaced with household items. After I completed the bending, I used the 3M double-sided tape that the kit came with to connect the two ends. The instructions said to let it sit for 72 hours before using.

Cookie Cutter Final

Overall, I was very pleased with the result. If I could go back in time, I probably wouldn’t have purchased the entire kit but I most definitely would have purchased the refill kit which includes the aluminum and the 3M tape. Making the cookie cutter myself ensured that it looked the way that I wanted it to look while avoiding the high price of a factory-made copper equivalent. This also opens up all kinds of doors for weird cookie cutter shapes. I’ll never be limited again–next thing you know, I’ll be making life-sized saxophone cookies.