The Magical Menagerie is my new project for 2012 and will be the fourth shop for my Diagon Alley.
I am going to build this corner shop from Sid Cooke to compliment The Leaky Cauldron corner kit.
Eventually they will sit at either end of the alley.
I am a very impatient builder usually and then I end up with all sorts of problems when I decorate. My New Year's Resolution was to read the plans and follow instructions!!
This time I read through all the instructions and matched up all the pieces to work out what bits I would be painting before sticking on to the kit.
I also spent much more time than usual sanding down rough edges especially around the windows.
These kits are very tight fitting and they become even more tight once decorated......
.........so I even sanded down the door, the sliding panel and the bottom edge of the front panel.
I am learning at last!
I also prime the whole kit. I will be using quite a lot of Art Mache on the exterior and I have found that using a good primer prevents warping and also gives a good base for adding acrylic paints.
It's amazing how time consuming this part of the process is but it does give you time to get used to all the pieces and plan what and where.
I also put shops 1,2 and 3 together just to get and idea of the final look.
The Leaky Cauldron, The Cauldron Shop and Mr Mulpepper's Apothecary. Of course none of them are finished but the main work has been completed.
The Leaky Cauldron represents 'ye olde' diagon Alley with all its weathered beams but the main street will all have a Georgian look with bay windows. The Art Mache rendering is much more weathered than it looks in the photographs but the brickwork still needs more dirtying.
I haven't done any more work on my paperclay roof this will be a continuing job as I work on the Menagerie.
I still need to work out how I am going to separate the shops to allow the doors to open. I will definitely have a dark alley but I am also thinking of narrow brick walls for posters or a resting pedlar.
Oh and a new house with a 15 foot workshop!!