Be prepared for a photo overload in this post. I just couldn't stop myself today as Honeydukes was moved from the work station and onto the finished position. Plus I can't stop say "finished"!!
This is my Honeydukes exterior. It is quite a large shop so it will be staying in the workshop with my other Hogsmeade projects. The whole design is inspired by the Honeydukes in Universal Studios both outside and in.
Mine is smaller and doesn't have snow also I have chosen to have the pink windows seen from other aspects of the shop as I wanted it to be a bit more cheery and a little less weathered to match the pristine interior.
I have kept the exterior simple mainly because of the dust that generates in my workshop so the side wall has three stacks waiting for delivery and a broom rack for customers to leave their modes of transport.
I bought the crates off Ebay and added the lids and labels. I probably could have made them from scratch but I have been racing to the finish line and knew they would take me a while to put together.
I have just stained them with two coats of light oak wood stain and then waxed.
The larger Weasley box I made up myself and added Googled images. A quick and cheap fix that I don't have to worry about getting dusty or fading.
The broom stand is made up from scrap wood and dowels cut from a kebab stick. Hark at me getting all technical.....dowels! Ha, ha!! The broomsticks have been in my Harry Potter collection for years and are by Nikki Rowe, Kat the Hat Lady and various others. I have added a few bows and charms to some of them. I was going to put up signs and may still do.........one day!
The guttering is a kit from Sussex Crafts that I have painted and fitted together. Of course where there are witches and wizards there must be a cat so here is Mrs Flume's ginger tom by Miss Sally's World.
This is the interior as a whole. I have made the majority of the sweets, lollipops and canes with the addition of Fimo canes and Nikki Rowe plus a few bits and bobs picked up over the last couple of years. Mrs Flume is busy checking her stock, a wonderful commissioned character by the talented Jo of Pocket Pygmies.
After re-positioning the shop I was very relieved to discover the lights by Small World Products were still working! The Bats' Blood Soup display is ready for lollipops to be dipped into. I made up this box for the dipping cauldron and went for pink to match the staircase but I am still not sure if it should be green......The side of the shelves have been infested with sugared candy mice from Matlock Miniatures. They have been painted and covered with sugar/glitter.
Here you can see the Bertie Botts display on the back wall where it sits very proudly. The false boxes have worked out perfectly.
This is a large cauldron by Sussex crafts that I filled with Fimo scraps and then stuck in some longer lollies and canes then baked. I then poured in liquid Fimo that I had coloured with oil paint. I think I added a bit too much paint so it is a little darker than I really wanted. The canes have also gone a bit limp during the additional bakings but hey ho! The bubbles have been formed by pouring and dribbling the liquid Fimo over the translucent glass beads I bought from OOAK Artist Emporium. I have used the smallest sized bead here.
In order to get an over flowing cauldron I poured and teased the liquid Fimo over the lip of the cauldron and let it flow as much as I could. This was all done on a glass tile that I could put straight in the oven to bake. I baked the cauldron and all the contents for about the 4th time and the flowing liquid Fimo hardened to create the dripping over flow I was after.
The cauldron display was then finished off with a selection of lollipops. Hmmmm, still not sure about the pink.
The counter, made as a commission by Rob Lucas of World of My Own Miniatures, has been filled with a whole range of goodies including the scales which are a kit by Phoenix Models. There is also a perfectly formed pink cup of cream topped coffee by Paris Miniatures, who have just released their new Pink Collection, do have a look in their shop the range gorgeous.
The toffee apples are by Nikki Rowe and the ice creams are by Erika Van Horne. There are also some candied skulls, Ton-Tongue Toffee and various Honeydukes sweeties. The glass stands are from a new glass supplier I recently discovered on Etsy called Global Miniatures. They stock a whole variety of dolls house supplies but I have only ordered glass pieces so far. I have been really impressed with the quality and variety on offer.
The second counter top has a Honeydukes chocolate display, another gorgeous cake stand and my own effort mad up from jewellery findings and spray painted.
The bottom of the spiral staircase has been lined with cans and candy canes. Just because I felt there were not enough sweets in the shop!!
To finish a last look at Mrs Flume and the Fizzing Wizzbees I have added as a last Harry Potter touch.
Phew, this has been a long and slightly self indulgent post but I will sign off now by saying.....once again.....Honeydukes is finished and opens for business tomorrow!!
Can't help smiling when I write the most wonderful of 'F' words!!
Have a great evening.