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Always wanted to try your hand at miniatures, or fulfil that childhood dream of owning a dolls house? Then don’t miss the Spring Miniatura Show. Ann Evans has the details.
Discover a whole world of miniatures this weekend when the Miniatura Show returns to the Birmingham NEC. If you’re fascinated with dolls house miniatures then you won’t want to miss this 2-day event that brings a host of world-class miniature artisans and crafts-folk together all under one roof.
Whatever you’re looking for to add to your dolls house collection, without a doubt you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for furniture, you’ll discover everything from wardrobes, dressers, tables and chairs, to beds, bureaus, fireplaces and fridges. Furniture and furnishings are from all different periods of history – Tudor, Medieval, Victorian, Georgian, the 1950s, 1960s right up to modern day. Likewise, there’s fashions through time, wedding gowns, hats, shoes, lingerie and jewellery. And everything beautifully scaled down to 1/12, 1/24, 1/48 and even smaller.
The miniature food looks so real it will make your mouth water; clocks tick and chime, chandeliers, lamps and lighting that work, flowers, trees, greenhouses that seem real. There really is all kinds of items including the kitchen sink!
Plus, you don’t need a dolls house to enjoy this show, you can create a miniature scene from any receptacle – a teacup for example that takes up very little space on a shelf. Or treat yourself to a room box and turn it into granddad’s potting shed, or a babies nursery, or the corner shop. Or why not take the plunge and treat yourself to a dolls house? One twelfth, that’s one inch to the foot, is the usual size, but you don’t need to go big. You can buy all kind of dolls houses in smaller scales of 1/24 and 1/48 – with some craftspeople going smaller still.
This is certainly the show to inspire you, and you’ll be leaving brimming with ideas and probably lots of accessories to make a start on your tiny project or to add to existing ones.
If you’ve never tried making miniatures yourself, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. Look out for the workshops and demonstrations being held over the two days. These friendly and informative sessions will help you make a start. Or you could chat with the exhibitors such as Belinda Armstrong who is bringing her Georgian town house along once more to show what she has done. On a grand scale Jon Trenchard will bring his amazing Hordle Castle along to the show again.
Petite Properties, Robert Stubbs, The Dolls House Builder and Seaside Miniatures are just some of the dolls house makers who will have a wide variety of houses and cottages on sale. Take a look and see which appeals to you.
When it comes to decorating your room box or dolls house, the show has stands full of accessories from electrics, bathroom items complete with the plumbing; curtains and fabrics – everything imaginable in fact. Romney Miniatures for example sells roof, paving, wall and floor tiles, chimney pots, fires, lights, carpets, ironmongery, ceramic tiles and more.
And of course, if you want to populate your dolls house, you’ll find amazing characters such as teddy bear dolls, beautiful ceramic dolls, quirky and fantasy characters, figures dressed for different trades such as cooks, butchers, policemen, vicars etc., and those who are a little crumpled and wrinkly but packed with personality and character.
So much to see and only two days to see it all!
Miniature takes place on 19th and 20 March 2022 at the Birmingham NEC. For tickets and further details contact: www.miniatura.co.uk