Miniatures by Chocoholic Jewels
How did you first get started in miniatures?
I first started working with polymer clay 4 years ago. I was working as a flight attendant and I saw some amazing miniatures in an airport in France. When I returned home unemployed from the economical crisis in Greece, I decided to start making mini food for my dollhouse using polymer clay. I fell instantly in love and decided to turn my minis into OOAK (one of a kind) jewelry that I would be able to keep with me, or on me every day. My love for desserts is the reason why I make most of my jewelry chocolate themed.
I have also created a special series of aromas to be used with clay, that make every piece of jewelry smell as it would in real life.
What materials do you use to make miniatures?
I now use many different kind of materials as my work continues to progress, such as cold porcelain, resin, and upcycled materials.
My favorite one is… well… I cannot decide. Maybe every single one, as each creation contains a tiny bit of me!
What inspires you?
I am inspired by real food and other artists, but mostly by the fact that the majority of people viewing my creations think they are real! This is a great achievement for me. And being able to make people smile; I see excitement and also a great appetite for desserts.
My advice to beginner miniaturists is practice, practice, practice and share, share, share! Practice makes perfect and sharing makes people happy!
Highlight thus far in your miniatures career?
In 2013, I was invited to present my “sweet” accessories on national and international TV.
What do you want miniature fans to know about you?
I am a huge animal lover. My future goal as an artist is to create a series of jewelry of the same kind, with a higher price, and to be able to donate funds to animal shelters and provide food for strays.
Other activities you enjoy?
Besides making miniature food jewelry, caring for my puppy and other stray animals, I love finding and creating healthy snacks or desserts, such as my favorite black bean brownies! These are sooo delicious and sooo guilt free. No one could ever tell you that this amount of deliciousness could contain beans. Here is the recipe if you would like to give it a try.
Eva Stamataki of Chocoholic Jewels lives in Greece. To see more of her delectable miniature works, follow along on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, and Flickr. To purchase, shop on Etsy.