Here’s the final visit to the amazing Hobbit House created by Maddie, complete with the pictures of the build.
I made all the stained glass windows from thin perspex, glass paint and glass leading
Thanks to my Mum who sent over trinkets from USA where she lives – the blue and white specked crockery and pans are american. She also sent over cans of fanta, pepsi, 7up and Dr Pepper. They are cunningly camouflaged around the kitchen and pantry as I did not really think that hobbits were into the whole fizzy drink thing!!!
If you look closely there is an ‘anniversary edition’ plate from Dolls House Emporium on this dresser from March 2009 which was the month I started the project
check out the barrel in this pic – I bought a plain wooden barrel, varnished it and added a ‘longbottom leaf’ label – and filled it with hobbit pipe weed!!!! The label is a replica of the barrel of pipe weed merry and sam find in the extended version of the movie (flotsam and jetsam scene)
View through to the bathroom
Mum and her partner David sent this rug from USA as a thanks for talking them through formatting their laptop – that was fun over the phone!!!!!
made the fire out of stones from my back garden (and I knocked the light off with the camera which is why it is hanging down lol)
I made the towels and flannels out of my twin boys babygrows (they had grown out of them!) the soap is fimo and the bottles are beads
view into bedroom
My mum made a lovely patchwork quilt for the bed but I changed the bed and it doesn’t fit on the new bed (hint hint mum I need a new quilt love you x)
I like the painting in here – it is a painting of Rivendell and the frame was a bargain cost 20p because it was smashed into little pieces when I bought it – superglue is my friend
the castle on the shelf I bought from Miniatura show. I undercoated it in black and dry brushed in mithril silver (thankyou Games Workshop and my misspent youth painting warhammer models lol)
The axes are from my Gimli doll which I bought in USA in 2000 (yes, again, I know I am a geek)
Ok well that is the end of the photos of the interior for now.
the very first piece of wood that I cut! (ok I later scrapped it, but still!) you can also see a bit of the wood panelling that I made myself
the first frame that I made. I decided after I had got to this stage that the walls were too thin (3mm) so put this model above in the bin and started all over again and added another room!!!!!!
The new frame – if you look closely you can see I already had made the front door – this was one of the first things I made and why the varnish doesn’t quite match the colour of the wood panelling I later settled on! another thing I have learnt to live with for now
I tried 3 different sorts of wood panelling and varnish before I settled on mahogany. And I am still not 100% happy with it because it is darker than the wood in the movie. The panelling above got ripped out several times and I even made my own wood panels (see top photograph) but it was a nightmare trying to cut circles in it because the wood was too brittle. I met a really helpful guy at Miniatura show who sells tudor panelling in mahogany wood so I ended up buying and using that for the house – it looks good and was sturdy enough to cut circles out of to go round the door frames.
Starting the tiling in the hallway. It is great during this project I learnt carpentry, electric wiring, flooring, grouting and all sorts (but all in miniature so not much use in my own home!)
More flooring laid – the stone was the hardest because the pieces are not even sizes so trying to get them fitted into the space was not easy for my ‘girl’ brain
starting the panelling above – I fitted skirting board, then panelling above that then the handrail above the panels
close up of the panels and stained glass windows
start of the front wall using mini bricks, concrete filler stuff and paint
close up of living room window. This window and the windows in the hall are a direct copy (well as close as I could make) of the actual windows in the movie. The others are mostly improvised from my own imagination. This window opens and closes with the tiny hinges and is made out of perspex, thin wood which I varnished and black leading
making the fireplace for the bathroom – using rocks from my back garden, glue and cement
I added wall wooden beams – I cut them to size and wittled them down a bit at the sides to look more aged then varnished them.
inside coming together a bit more
the outside! Thankyou very much to my friend Andi who got me some foam to build the outside structure. You would not believe how difficult that stuff is to get hold of. I have a ‘making wargames scenery’ book by Games Workshop and in it it tells you to make structures out of this ‘high density foam’ and cover in polyfiller. Well I called every games workshop in the area and only one shop told me where to get it – B&Q. I called them and asked for ‘high density foam’ the line went quiet and they hand’t got a clue what I was talking about. if you google it, the closest match I could find was ‘blue or pink foam’ and NOWHERE sells large quantities of it. If anyone knows where to get it, please let me know for my next project! I found one company that supplied it for the insides of childrens soft play areas but it cost £200 for a small amount – er no. I resorted to wire, modroc and filler for the large areas
starting to lay grass and paving
front door before flowers etc. I used different shades of grass and graduated them to create the ‘scorched’ grass effect around the stepping stones
I fitted all the wiring for the lights at this stage – many thanks to the lovely people at Matlock Miniatures who advised me what sort to buy and how many transformers etc I needed!
I built the steps with stones from my garden
some mini bread I made out of Fimo – hard to tell how big they are from this pic but the round ones are about the size of my thumbnail (penny size)
a table of food that I made
I made some fimo pumpkins for halloween – complete with mini light. The idea for this came from a guy called Dean Miskelly hubby of Amy who uses the same twins club as I do (http://www.twinsclub.co.uk) I was calling them to try and sort a pc problem for them (which by the way I didn’t manage to do!) but I did get the great idea of pumpkin with light in it so not a complete waste of a phone call lol
the process of making trees and flowers – I took the wire on the left, bent it into the shape in the middle and added the foliage on the right! oh and made some tiny flowers out of tiny petals cut out with a heart shaped punch and glued to strands of wire
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