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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?
I always have had a sympathy for little things. When I was 8 years old, I had a miniature baby doll and I carried it in my pocket or backpack; I brought it with me everywhere. Also, it was fun to play with my Barbie and her “mini” furniture.
How did you first get started making miniatures?
I believe I’ve always been a crafty person… this is also what my family and friends have told me since the beginning. I like using my creativity to create something impressive in every field. One day, I saw a video of a miniature craft on YouTube, then I started to watch more and more. They were so awesome and perfectly created. These videos made me think: “why can’t I make crafts like these? Why not me?” So, at first, I tried to make miniature breads using water and flour. It gave me courage to make more crafts and to be more professional. It was all about the inspiration!
Do you remember the very first miniature you ever made?
Yes! It was a piece of bread, a baguette. I still have it in our kitchen as a little decoration.
What is your favorite type of miniature to make?
My favorite type of miniature is dessert: mostly cakes and French patisseries. At the end of my creation it’s fascinating to see realistic but non-edible miniature crafts. When I’m working with little details, I forget everything and just think about my miniature craft and it de-stresses me. This is what a hobby is for!
What types of clay do you use in your work?
Nowadays, I use polymer clay instead of using modeling clay. The materials I have used include dotting tools, aluminum foil, toothbrush, and some cooking utensils like a cream squeezer.
What is the most challenging miniature to make?
Lemon cane! Even though I have tried four times and watched videos of techniques, I still can’t do it and I don’t know why.
What advice would you give to new miniaturists?
Creativity is everything. Don’t hesitate to use your talent and search for everything which would inspire you: videos, artists, crafts, and blogs to boost your talent. Don’t be afraid of try something new or different. Never give up. Even if people don’t like or care your craft, then try again, work hard and create it for yourself.
Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube boost my creativity. I mostly make miniature food, so I get inspiration from real food and desserts. Actually, every detail in real life makes me excited and inspires me.
To create something by hand means everything to me. Working with details is a passion, it’s so special and personalized. I know I can create everything… food or buildings… the size doesn’t matter!
What’s to come from Miniature Madness?
Instead of creating miniature food, I’m planning to create miniature dolls, furniture, and clothes out of fabric.
Words you live by?
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” –Maya Angelou
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” –William Arthur Ward
Other activities you enjoy?
Knitting is my new hobby. I also enjoy designing jewelry, drawing, painting, and roller skating.
What do you want miniature fans to know about you?
I have been making miniatures as a hobby for three years. I have begun to turn my miniatures into key chains and my goal is to sell them on Etsy.
Miniature Madness was created by Suzan Hazan who lives in İstanbul, Turkey. Like what you see? Make sure to follow her on Instagram!