Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Honeydukes - 1:144 miniature room

Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



I love Harry Potter, for the most part.

Things I enjoy are the characters, magic, shops, and most of the ideas added in the books. What I like less is plot holes and the ending, and let’s not even mention book eight which is pure fanfiction.

Something else I love is miniatures, so what better than to combine those two?

Not too long ago, can’t really remember when, I had an idea to create Honeydukes. Yes, I’ve seen others making the candy shop, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from trying it myself. The original idea was to make it 1:12 size, as it’s the most normal size out there, but the problem is that I don’t want to make something as big right now, so how did I solve that problem? Well, by making it a 1:144 size miniature room.






Have you ever seen a 1:144 size room? It’s crazy small! Even though the size is so tiny that most people would give up even before they start I love working in that size.

This room is actually not my first 1:144 size, I’ve completed a whole house before, but I haven’t gotten around to take pictures of it yet. The difference between that house and this room is that the house is created from a DIY set, while this room is created completely from scratch.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



The first step is to have an idea of the size and how to create the tiny items. Here you can see a rough version of the room. The floor tiles were created in the paint program and printed on ordinary paper, I’m pretty happy about the size of the squares. Getting the turquoise colour the right shade was also fun, but not that important. The windows on the other hand was slightly more challenging than expected, not that I had any experience doing these kind of windows so I didn’t expect them to be easy.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



I then began the hard parts, the counters and stairs. You would think the stairs were easier than the counters, but unlike the counter I wasn’t sure how to do the stairs. The counters were made out of thick drawing paper and the stairs out of thicker cardboard, maybe closer to chipboard.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



Making the “glass” part of the counter was slightly more complicated, but not that hard. For this I used translucent plastic which I’ve been saving from toy packages etc, I actually don’t have that much because we rarely buy toys and other things that might have a good amount of nice flat plastic. I worried about which type of glue to use because the glue had to dry clear. I thought about super glue, but decided to test out the other glue types I had first, I was happy to see it dried clear. Here you can also see that the railing on the stairs was attached, took me three tries to figure out the easiest way to do it, flat on the table and then attach them to the stairs was the easiest in my opinion.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



I love the jelly bean tubes in the movie, even though I don’t like the idea of getting those nasty flavours. The tent design of the “house” for the jelly bean tubes was far easier to make than I anticipated, especially the paint job. You can also see the windows has a little upgrade. That was my second attempt seeing as the first time the “glass” squares were too tiny and you could barely see anything through them, not that you can see much anyway, but at least they look better now.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven


Now the hard part, the candy. How can I fill so many tiny jars with candy? How can I create the tiny candy? And how am I supposed to fill the whole store without losing my mind? Cheats. The jars were tiny plastic tubes dipped in paint, the candy under the glass top was tiny nail art beads, and the bean tubes were painted on sticks. As I said before the details doesn’t have to be perfect seeing as you can’t see as much as with 1:12.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



I tried my best to make it as similar to the movie version as possible, but because I lack reference photos of the details as well as the patience to spend hours on a few tiny details you might never really notice, I focused on the larger items I loved from the movie. I’m quite pleased with the result even though not everything from the movie is added.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



The two box cases in the middle of the room were hardest, not because it was hard to make them but because I didn’t know if I could fill them like the cases in the movie. I ended up trying to make the skeleton, and it sort of looks like a skeleton, but I gave up on the buddha and instead just filled it with seed beads.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



The bookcase, or should I say candy case next to the stairs was also quickly put together, not because I was in a rush, but because it would be hard to see those tiny jars so there wasn’t any point in me making them super pretty. I did try to make both the skulls and the huge ice cream cones pretty as they would be visible, but I think I need a little more practice before they are perfect.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven



All in all I’m really pleased with my attempt to make Honeydukes in such a small scale. I’ve learned a few tricks which I think will be handy in the future. I’ve got plans to create a few more Harry Potter themed miniatures, but I don’t know when that will be.



Honeydukes miniature by TheArtsyRaven

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