Friday, February 24, 2017

Beware! The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Created in Miniature

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Months ago, I began to create a Chamber of Secrets to go into the dungeons at my Miniature Hogwarts.  A busy spring and summer meant I never posted photos of it.  Here is how I went about creating the Chamber in 1/12" scale.
First I made a screen shot of a photo of the scary face from which the basilisk emerges.
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 Then I scaled it to fit my back wall and began to build the face on it with Sculpey...
This kept everything to scale.  You can see where I ran out of gray clay and switched to brown.  Not to worry, everything will be painted after baking the Sculpey.  You can't tell in this photo, but there is a sheet of parchment paper over the photo so that I can bake the head separately. 

 Under the brow there is some crumpled tin foil so that I did not have to use an enormous amount of clay and it would bake more quickly.

Checking scale with my little Harry Potter doll.

Painted the floor blue then installed the walkways.

And the pool in front of the face.

 Hmmm, the arch blocks the view of the face.  Will need to cut the top off and move it up!  Notice the not yet painted snake heads in the water.

Arch fixed so that there is a better view.  The lighting is provided by little LED fairy lights run along the floor.  The battery pack is hidden just to the right of the Chamber's door, which I still have not finished.  Struggling with the foam core holding the weight of the Sculpey carved snake hinges.

 Keep forgetting that I have not painted the snakes in the water.  Should I make that very scary Basilisk from the movie?


  1. I am absolutely in love with your hogwarts work! Since July 2016 I've been making my own miniature hogwarts and found yours shortly after starting. Sounds odd but have found your blogs as great company through the process - cannot wait to see more!

    1. Thanks so much Kaitlin. Would love to see some photos of your Hogwarts. Are you on Facebook where I could message my email address to you?


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