Frequently Asked Questions, Answered

I thought I’d take the opportunity to cover a few of the regular questions I am asked about my miniature handmade people.

How big are they?
Most of my miniature dolls are 12th scale (called 1 inch scale in the US). This means that they are 1/12 the size of the real thing. So an average man is about 6 inches tall.

I do make other scales as well. I have made 24th scale, which is half the size of the above. This would make them about 3 inches tall.

The beauty of all my dolls being completely handmade and bespoke, is that I can make them any size to your requirements. If your dolls house is a particular or rare scale, then I can make custom made people to live there.

Do you make them all from scratch? Are they moulds?
The dolls are all handmade, each body part sculpted, painted and assembled by hand. I make all the clothes and add their hair. There are no moulds used, so each one is completely unique.

What are they made from?
They are made from polymer clay. My current favourite is Fimo Doll Art.

How much do they cost?
This very much depends on what the customer wants, any materials I have to source and how much work is involved. Therefore I will discuss with you your exact requirements until we both agree on what we’re aiming for, before agreeing a price. Why not contact me today?


The Curious Collage: an 18th Century dolls’ house

Interesting article about the process of preparing miniatures for museum display (opens in new window)


Taboo – mini style

I’ve recently become quite obsessed with the BBC series Taboo (possibly due to the leading man). The costumes and sets are amazing, and I love how each character’s wardrobe has been designed to communicate something about that character. What better way to express my admiration than a series of miniature dolls?

The process I follow when designing a doll usually goes like this:

Visual research into the character – photographs, paintings, drawings, screen grabs of TV shows or films. I need a lot of visual information to get a feel of what they look like, preferably from several angles.

Background research – if they are a real person, looking for records of physical attributes. Most importantly, their height, so that I can reproduce it in 12th scale. It strikes me that lots of male actors are shorter than the average man, while actresses tend to be on the tall side.

Book research into costumes and props for their period. What styles, materials and colours will be accurate and work for this character? I have also built up a collection of photos of garments I have found in museums.

Having analysed the costume from the collected imagery, I need to work out how to reproduce it in miniature. Not every tiny detail is going to work out in 12th scale, so I need to simplify it while still conveying the general impression. This will involve drafting my own patterns for the clothes.

Last step before starting to make the doll, I need to work out how they will be posed, i.e, sitting or standing, where are they looking, what are they doing with their hands.

Once I have all these details planned out, I can start sculpting the doll! Yippee!