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Daily Mini Update: New Delft Roombox by Robert Off of Miniature Rooms Company

“Vermeer’s Studio – Delft, 1650” by Robert Off

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Robert Off of Miniature Rooms Company just completed a new miniature roombox, entitled “Vermeer’s Studio – Delft, 1650.” This work is 1:12 scale and measures 12” x 24” x 12.” It’s illuminated by more than 20 small LED lights, each individually painted.

Robert Off had been captivated by Johannes Vermeer’s paintings for the past few years: specifically his ability to capture sunlight, use of soft colors, and masterly treatment of of perspective all combine to draw the viewer into his paintings. As one looks at several of his paintings, it becomes clear that most of the scenes were staged and painted by him in the same studio.

Daily Mini Interview: Call of the Small by Christine Ferrara

Call of the Small

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

My earliest memory with miniatures is coming down on Christmas morning as a five year old to a pink and white dollhouse. I was totally surprised and thrilled to have my first house.

How did you first start collecting miniatures? 

I first collected as a child, but then my collecting faded as I became a teenager. My interest in miniatures was reignited as an adult, when I was searching for a dollhouse for my then eight-year-old daughter. I found a very modern house (Villa Sibi), and my husband bought it for me as a surprise for Christmas. That definitely started my obsession.

Daily Mini Interview: WORK, Figuratively Speaking by Derrick Lin

Derrick Lin’s WORK, Figuratively Speaking

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Do you remember the very first miniature-centric scene you staged?

The very first scene I created was when I was so busy at work and my vacation seemed so close and yet so far away. I created a miniature marathon finish line and a miniature guy collapsing right in front of it…

What scale of miniature figures do you primarily work in?

I primarily work in 1:87 (HO) scale.

What is your favorite type of miniature photoshoot to create?  

Daily Mini Interview: Mini Yemek Miniature Food Videos

Mini Yemek 

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures? 
In my childhood, my mother collected coupons from newspapers and bought me my first dollhouse. I think my interest in miniature objects started like this.

How did you first get started making miniature food that’s edible?

I love watching miniature cooking videos. When I saw that no one from my country had made such videos, I wanted to be the first to do it and I achieved this goal.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Rachel Growden

Rachel Growden miniatures 

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures? 

My earliest memory with miniatures is when I was just a kid. I would make tiny pies and sandwiches for my American Girl dolls, using instructions from one of the American Girl craft books. The pies were made with seed beads, felt, and bottle caps. The sandwiches were made with cork board and rubber bands. I loved how the materials mimicked real food.

How did you first get started making miniatures?

Daily Mini Exclusive: Etsy Features dailymini’s Favorite Miniature Shops

This January 4, 2018 on Etsy, dailymini was featured in an article about miniatures and miniature makers who sell on Etsy. The article, entitled Obsessing Over: Miniaturesappeared in the Home and Living Shopping Guides section of Etsy’s Blog.

Artisans featured from dailymini’s list of favorites include Leah Yao of Fatal Potato, Mel Sebastian of Mad Missy Minis, Susan Van Tubbergen of Van T Potter, Marina Paredes of Prettymodels, Sander of PiCTOSO, Suzy Riley of Life of Riley Miniatures, Fatih Karalar of Boutique Miniatures, and Shay Aaron of Shay Aaron Miniatures.

To read the full Etsy feature, click here.

Daily Mini Feature: Making Mini Food Book by Miniaturist Lynn Allingham of Tuckshop

Making Mini Food: 30 Polymer Clay Miniatures Book by Lynn Allingham of Tuckshop

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Manchester, UK-based miniature maker Lynn Allingham of Tuckshop has just released a new book, Making Mini Food: 30 Polymer Clay Miniatures, now available for sale through The GMC Group.

Win your very own copy of Making Mini Food: 30 Polymer Clay Miniatures by Lynn Allingham!

Since 2009, Lynn has been creating and selling miniature food through her Etsy shop Tuckshop. Her new book is a collection of bitesize breads, cakes, pastries, and tiny portions of comfort food made from polymer clay including mac and cheese, noodles, miso soup, bagels, and pizza.

Daily Mini Interview: The Whatamagump by Broken Eagle, LLC

The Whatamagump by Bryan McIntyre and Greg Boettcher of Broken Eagle, LLC

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What are your earliest memories with miniatures, stop motion animation, or small scale worlds?

Bryan McIntyre (BM): My first memory involving miniatures and stop motion are Gumby and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but the first time I remember being spellbound and inspired by the medium was in the late 80s at a Spike and Mike animation festival where I saw the first Wallace and Gromit short, A Grand Day Out by Nick Park. I still love that one so much!

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Modern Model Houses by Marion Russek

Marion Russek’s 1:12 Scale Modern Model Houses

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

Building room boxes with cardboard when I was 8 or 9 years old…

How did you first get started making miniatures?

Life was busy… and I only picked up minis again about 5 years ago when I saw a half-finished dollhouse kit in a friend’s studio in Tirol. During the drive back to Switzerland I realized what I wanted to do!

What is your favorite type of miniature to make?