Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Oooooh, I do love a parcel......And a Quick Look at the Plans

Many thanks to everyone who stepped up with some lollipop tips following yesterday's post. I have been trawling through model railway sites, inspecting my hair brush and looking at florist wire. Checking out new sites for 'other' modellers/crafts is always a very dangerous excercise. I soon became immersed in all the products available to a model train enthusiast so many of which are suited to the miniature hobbyist's world but I was very good and resisted!!
The thing about the lollipops is I feel the sticks have to be white or wooden but really they could be any colour, it's just in my mind lollies have wooden or white sticks!! Sad person that I am.
Nikki Rowe has recently been working on producing her very own faux leather that can be cut with scissors, painted and glued leading to her making a few pieces of luggage. When I saw these two pieces I thought they would be fabulous for Slug and Jiggers as travelling potion cases. 
 The round one is perfect for the travelling witch's beauty necessities  and the larger might well be used by a mobile potion maker. I have an idea they would look very effective as window displays. wonderfully grungy in every way!! 
 I couldn't resist this cupcake board either and was delighted to see the two eggs sitting in the bowl like two little balls of sunshine. This board will go in my printer's tray with my other clay treasures. Filling it up a piece at a time!
 Then how could I resist this little chap? Purchase number two for my new project!!
I have been looking for hand charms recently for door knobs so when I came across this it seemed like a must buy item. The spooky coat hanger was made by Heevis Miniatures.
So having made two purchases for its shelves and dreaming lollipops here is stage one....
......the very rough drawing plans for Hogmeade's Honeydukes with very basic measurements and absolutely no scale at all!!
I am now going to make a cardboard scale model using my measurements to see if it actually works. It is the roof that poses the biggest problem. It needs to be pitched at a very steep angle and be hinged to open. I don't have the woodworking tools to do anything too fancy with the MDF so I am not quite sure how I am going to get the roof to sit flat.
Looks like I will be dreaming roofs tonight!!

16 comments:

  1. Hi Janice, You are right. It is particularly dangerous to cast your web to far. Ozone never knows what one will find and not be able to resist. It also can make time disappear.
    The hands hanger is quite scared! However, I can see you are having a lot of fun with your theme.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Hi Janine,
      Gosh it was like looking in a sweet shop. So many different items that could be used in miniatures.......one day! I did resist though!!
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. :0 Janice! I love nikkis suitcases and what an amazing idea for them! You have such inventive ideas that I would never think of! They're going to look great as a display!
    The Easter bunny basket is great and will look perfect in honeydukes!
    The plans are also looking great.. I really wish I had room for a spiral staircase in my Hondydukes,, a Shame I made it a branch for diagon alley so I havent the room for one :(
    Can't wait to see more as always Janice :D

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    1. Hi Michael,
      Don't mention the spiral staircase!! I am still having nightmares about the last one!!
      Hope you are having fun and looking forward to saying hello in May.

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  3. Just love Nikki's luggages! I recently made tiny pencils with toothpicks but sliced because they are too big. A lot of work and not very precise. Not sure if you will want to do that for lolli-sticks.

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    1. Oh my goodness Sans, that sounds like a lot of work. Have a look through the comments Micro Mark do a specific tool it seems.

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  4. Hello Janice,
    Great purchases! Everything is lovely. I cannot wait to see Honeydukes come together. When I planed my manor I cut the front piece of the roof into 2 sections. The top section I glued and nailed to the gable sides of the house, and then I plan on using a piano hinge to attach the bottom half (opening piece) to the top half (glued down). Does that make any sense?
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac,
      The roof will be the biggest problem for me I think. A piano hinge sounds like a very good idea. I need the roof to be very steep and having now done my cardboard model I am still not sure I will be able to do it. Still it will be fun having a go!

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  5. The travelling set is wonderful. The spooky coat hanger is very original.
    Bye Faby

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    1. Thanks Faby, I always appreciate you stopping by.

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  6. Missed your last post, but just wanted to mention a cool tool from Micro Mark which you could use to make wooden lollipop sticks. They have a tool called a "drawplate". It's essentially a piece of metal drilled with successively smaller holes. You pull a 1/16th dowel through the holes,and the tool shaves it down. It's probobly not worth buying just for the lollipop sticks, but if you have other projects that need thin dowels (pencils, birdcages) you might want to check it out.
    -Eliza

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      This sounds perfect and although it is a pretty hefty investment due to shipping etc I will be building cages for the Magical Menagerie eventually so it is certainly something to think about.
      Thank you so much for letting me know.

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  7. Lots of nice items there. I really like the two cases.

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    1. They are lovely Irene, she has talent that girl!!

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    1. They look even better in 'real' life Maria

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