Jacob’s Bakery

The main thing I learnt from building my last two model shops is that planning is extremely important. So many little imperfections could have been avoided if I had spent some time making proper plans before diving straight into building. So with that in mind, I downloaded Google Sketchup and built myself a virtual bakery.

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I decided to keep the back of the bakery open, to display the inside as well as the outside.

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As with my other projects, the majority of the model was made from mounting card on a foam board base.

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I got some proper plastic too for the windows – no more scruffy scratched packaging! The writing on the windows was all hand painted too! I did have a slight problem with fumes from the superglue I used frosting the windows, but they were easily replaced, and it gave me a second chance to get the writing a bit neater.

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For the floor, I used woven strips of card, which I then cut to fit the base of the model.

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I initially crocheted the baskets using paper sting, but they didn’t fit into the shelves as neatly as I would have liked, so I made a second set from card and wrapped the string around the outside.

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The bread is by far my favourite part of this piece. It was made using polymer clay (and pretty much every YouTube tutorial I could find). The cake stands in the window are made from cocktail sticks and circles of plastic.

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Because the scale was so small, I found that I could make lamps from earring backs and beads.

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Once everything was finished and in place, I painted the sidewalk texture onto the base.

See more photos of the finished piece here.