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?


Review: Newby Hall Dollshouse Exhibition

Having visited this exhibition during the summer of 2016, I just had to go back at the end of the opening season to get a closer look. On that second visit I was lucky enough to have the place almost to myself.

Across two rooms within its own building in the grounds of Newby Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire, the exhibition combines two collections, those of Jane Fiddick and Caroline Hamilton. Caroline has also published on the subject of dolls’ houses.

The exhibits range from very large mansions to small room boxes, and include both modern and vintage items. They include the curators’ own much loved childhood playthings. I was particularly drawn to some of the larger houses, which I can only aspire to having enough space for. There is also a mini Miss Haversham made by one of my all time favourite doll artists, Jamie Carrington.

A section of the exhibition also showcases some very fine artisan work in miniature, which has to be seen to be believed. Other highlights include a Japanese miniature house and moving miniature automata.

Entrance to the exhibition is included with a garden ticket which also grants access to the wonderful grounds, teddy bear collection, sculpture area and children’s play areas. Entrance to the hall is extra and by guided tour only, but I would recommend it if you have time. There is ample parking and a very good restaurant, which was well sampled by myself and my other half!

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