Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by CMYKlays

Miniatures by CMYKlays

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How did you first get started in miniatures? Where does the interest stem from?

3As a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to begin working from home now that my daughter had grown a bit older. I knew that a perfect fit for me would be something related to the arts. I’ve always loved the field, ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. After deliberating for a bit, clay come to mind! I had previously taken a clay-making class at my local craft center and had a blast with it. So, I headed to Michael’s, bought a few basic items, and just went at it! It all came back pretty quickly for me! After about a month, I opened up my Etsy shop.

D. Thomas Fine Miniatures Now Open in New York

dthomasfineminisThe winter of 2014 welcomed big changes to the miniatures community within historic Lower Hudson Valley, NY: D. Thomas Fine Miniatures opened its doors as a premier destination for miniature collectors, artisans, and enthusiasts from around the world.

D. Thomas Fine Miniatures is a new retail destination complete with artisan dollhouses and the highest quality of collections including 1:12 scale furniture, designs and accessories. The newly launched space now offers DIY workshops and classes taught by master craftsmen and artists in the miniature industry. In addition, the shop also features a gallery space that showcases extraordinary miniatures by internationally acclaimed artists and designers. Now on display in the gallery through the end of June 2015 is Alma de España: The Artistry and Vision of Hernán Buljevich.

Daily Mini Interview: Pink Cute Sugar Miniatures

Pink Cute Sugar Miniatures

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What does Valentina Pink Cute Sugar mean to you?

When I first began creating miniatures in late 2008, I looked for a name to best represent me, so I created a virtual identity. I’ve always loved pink (it’s my favorite color), sweets (all without exception), and miniatures. miniaturefood minis miniature realistic cupcake cherry cupcake strawberry ombre cake fimo polymer clay miniatures macaron valentina manzo pinkcute sugarBack in 2009, I created a Facebook page to share my passion and my name was “Pink Sugar.” I knew I had to differentiate myself from Aquolina Pink Sugar perfume. So, I added “Cute” to my name. Thus, my stage name was born: a true representation of all the things I love.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Woodcarving by Steve Tomashek

Miniatures by Steve Tomashek

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How did you first get started in woodcarving?

My family always had an affinity towards the arts. As the youngest of seven, I was exposed to a lot of different art forms as a child. Carving was one of them. My father used to carve duck decoys, and I would recreate these in miniature form. As a young boy, I had an interest in war figurines, so I used to carve miniature tanks and airplanes out of wood. Later, I’d make carvings for my Grandma. lemur

Daily Mini Interview: Miniaturas en FORJA

Miniaturas en FORJA

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Why miniatures? 

Miniatures inspire me to create, and to create anything of this size. I am attracted by the shape of the materials and the way my fingers can create something even more beautiful than I thought was possible.

My hope is to further introduce the miniature craft to fans around the world and to meet other artisans from other countries.

What materials do you use to make your miniatures?10974226_389413697887308_5275681234836128931_o

Sheet iron, copper, brass, wire, iron rods, and more. Materials vary based on the miniature. A variety of examples can be viewed on Facebook.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature by Masako

Miniature By Masako

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How did you first get started in miniatures?

After my husband and I moved to the United States from Japan in 2010, I spent a lot of time looking for my next calling in life. I thought for a long time about what I wanted to do in my new life here in the States. I had previously worked with a couple of European fashion companies in Japan as a merchandiser for 20 years. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI loved my job, but I felt I had worked for designers for a long time. Now was the time to make something on my own!

Daily Mini Interview: Steve Casino, Painter Of Nuts

Steve Casino, Painter Of Nuts

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How did you first get started making portraits out of peanuts?
My first peanut portrait was of myself. It was originally a joke. As a cartoonist, I made quick sketches of myself and coworkers on peanuts.

bb4Why peanuts? Why miniature portraits?
Peanuts are my favorite snack. But it’s also fun because it uses all of the skills I’ve acquired through life and work experience. Nothing wasted.

Miniature Photography by JD Hancock

You’ll soon become a huge fan of JD Hancock’s miniature photography, including our favorite photo series: Little Dudes.

 

Follow along so you never miss an adventure!
JD Hancock, My Brush With Greatness, Little Dudes series, 2013.
JD Hancock, Berry Hard Work, Little Dudes series, 2009.
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JD Hancock, Journey Into Skull Cave, Little Dudes series, 2009.
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JD Hancock, The Anxious Type, Little Dudes series, 2013.

Daily Mini Interview: Jenn’s Minis

Miniatures by Jenn’s Minis

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How did you first get started in miniatures? 

I first started mini-ing a long, long, long time ago… when I was about ten years old. I saw a dollhouse in a toy store—a real dollhouse with working windows and electricity. The details were executed quite well.dailymini-JenniferAshleyHalfInchFairfieldLivingRoom

I believe that when you see your first minis, you’re either bitten with the bug, or you’re not. I was bitten! I wanted a dollhouse more than anything. Because they were very expensive, I started making my own out of cardboard boxes. I had a lot of fun doing that.

Daily Mini Interview: Made by Lee Miniatures

Made by Lee Miniatures

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dailymini-11080024_703142446482044_7687678298332913364_oWhat types of miniatures do you create and why?
Right now, I make polymer clay food, dollhouse furniture and other various miniatures. I find it very fascinating to create food miniatures, and I think I’ll keep on doing that. On the other hand, I’m planning to develop my skills by making other types of miniatures.

What materials do you use to make miniatures?
Polymer clay, wire, metal, wood (often balsa), cardboard, and paper.

How long have you been been creating miniatures?
I started making clay charms in August 2013. In November 2013, I created my first miniature scene.