About a year ago, Kim became interested in Miniatures. Lately, (for both of us and others) it has developed into a growing hobby. Challenging and Creative.

This page is all about Kim's journey (and a little of mine) with lots of pictures to follow and explanations to accompany them.

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Here is a table full of the tools and some supplies used at start up. In the back right you can see a couple of walls and a stairway beginning to be worked on.

Using clay

Here is Kim's first setup at using clay. There is box of available colours in the background and those squares across the top are images of some of the things going to be made.

In the foil plate her first attempts at carrots and peas.

Kim figures out how to shape clay into things

Fit for the market

Everything has to be made, the little boxes and the finished products - Ready to go to market - or into the kitchen. Who knows at this point.

KIts

These are all 1/24 scale.

In the Beginning Kim had no idea of what was involved. Research drew her to these kits you can purchase from various companies catering to miniatures.

The top of the  picture shows a box that the various individual "rooms" are packed in. They have quite a lot of things inside. The bottom left shows the inside of one of the manuals that give you step by step instructions.

There was only one problem and both Kim and I don't like to follow the suggested formats. She cherry-picked each box for what she wanted and began to assemble a building from scratch. This lead to many other things.

off to the store

Customization

As the plan became organized. (No; let's say, as the idea grew) there were features wanted not in the kits.

Up top left are 2 containers of stones and one of sand.

Popsicle sticks, coffee sticks, little square wooden cubes, stick and peel marble patterns, and stick and peel wood patterns (off to the right).

Top centre is something I thought would make great shrubbery and the roll of green felt - perhaps grass?

You'll see how each of these got used in the following images.

Putting it together

Beginning Construction

Here you can see two kits in the early stages of being put together. The windows have been painted and glued in. The top floor, (ceiling) also installed.  Kim is gluing the small stones for the outside of the building. On the towel in the front is an end piece with the window covered and the stones poured on to the wall that has been heavily covered with white glue.

Adding the Floor

Not sure if the boards being laid would show cracks underneath so the it was painted brown first. If you look closely you can see the lengths of the boards are staggered and glued in place again with white glue.

The boards are made from coffee stir sticks by the way and were slightly sanded before being varnished.

Isee I saw

This little buzzer became absolutely necessary. It the beginning I was trying to cut the boards (coffee sticks) with a matt knife. BLAH!

It was used for so many things besides the flooring. Baseboards, Walls to make up the centre section joining the two halves that you have seen above. Railings and posts, a refrigerator  and stove and more.

I See the Light

This first image show all the pieces required to make a chandelier. At the top of the picture you'll see some wire, small rubber tubing and thin copper wire a bunch of odds and ends. If you ever need anything to try your patience, this is it! In the front to the left you'll see the three wires all cut and bent to be identical. Beads and lights and trim you can see where the masking tape has started on one. The tape helps hold the pieces upright while the glue sets.

Putting the different lights together.

Now with the individual lights just about completed the centre light and the main tubing  and flashing for wires to run through are glued together.

Here is the almost finished chandelier. For those of you who would like to see it actually light up, there is a small battery that powers it up by connecting wires  at the inside of the gold ceiling plate. We didn't choose to connect the battery because it would hang outside the building marring the magnificence of Kim's Inspiration. (well, that's what we decided LOL)

Looking Inside

and up on the rooftop

Inside the Miniature House

Following are pics of the inside of Kim’s finished Miniature house.
It measures 28” wide, 16.5” height and 6” deep.
There is a lot of detail here from individual pieces of furniture to floor coverings to roof top items.
Working form the top down
One of the coolest features is the outdoor fire place, made from a battery powered tea light to twigs from the great outdoors.

You can see an inset in the top right corner.
 

Up on the Roof

Not sure exactly what to do this is the first working construction. Again the posts are made from cut down popsicle sticks and laminated together.

And the square wooden cubes were eventually glued and stained to form a support wall for the shrubbery. The green felt was discarded.

The cardboard shape is a place holder for the future elevator.

First Floor

the marble floor is installed, the stairway and pillars finalized.

Fiinished Two floors

View taken from the Left

See next and last picture for details

All about the inside

View taken from the right

First floor and Second
Here you see numerous pieces of furniture and most of these come from the kits mentioned earlier. They come in a sheet and you pop out the various pieces to assemble. Sounds easy but some are incredibly tiny. Guaranteed fumble fingers. Everything has to be painted or stained too
Some floors have marble or wooden looking sticky sheets that are cut and put into place.
The windows can become covered with threads of the clear glue and end looking like spider webs. It takes a while to master the trick of assembling.
Much of the kitchen items, the stove, fridge and cupboards, Kim made from scratch. Again they all have to be painted or stained.
On the 2nd floor the bathroom has half walls because we didn’t want to hide the stair bannister and the elevator.
From not having tried anything like this before. The completed miniature was satisfying, fun and gave both of us some experience.
Rumours are hinting of landscaping grounds outside and a guest house too.