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Creative Craft Challenge: Miniatures

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 19, 2014, 5:38 PM

Weekly update

Hello everybody! I hope you are all in for a fabulous weekend. Anyway, there were no new submissions this week. :< If you still wanted to participate in the Miniatures challenge, you've still got about a week and a half left! I'll be looking forward to a few more wonderful submissions. ^_^ See you all next week!

Previous updates

Hey everyone! Sorry about the missed update, I just got a new job somewhat unexpectedly and so things have been a little hectic lately. Anyways, we have a couple new submissions for you to check out:

ALICE MANGA STYLE by IlmondodiSaxStrega Plates polimery clay handmade by IlmondodiSaxStrega

I'd also like to announce our Member of the Month for March, GeekGirl02! Congratulations! :dance:

See you all next week!

Happy Friday! Check out these awesome submissions for this week:

Billy the Miniature Pug by Poopycakes-makes Needle Felted Carrot Cake Miniature by Poopycakes-makes Mini Twilight Sparkle by Ketikaket

See you all next week!

Hello everyone! I've got a few new submissions for you- some adorable wearables and money miniatures?!? That's ridiculous in the best way.

Alice in Wonderland Mushroom Earrings! by GeekGirl02 Dollar Origami Candle by craigfoldsfives Dollar Bill Origami Skelton Hands by craigfoldsfives

Also, our member icytrus could use a little help: she needs some tips on making a miniature bougainvillea tree (around the size of a pen) for a school project. If you've got any advice, please contact her!

Hello everyone! Sorry for the late update! Anyways, we already have some wonderful submissions to the March/April challenge, check 'em out:

Sky sells by willytheraccoon Miniature Pizza and Bread by Kaos-Ninja9 Miniature Cookies, Cake, and Cinnamon Rolls by Kaos-Ninja9

I also found an article that might help those of you who want to make miniatures in polymer clay but don't know where to start. This article- link- is an overview of some common polymer clay brands, which might help you choose a type to start with.

Anyways, see you all next week!

Welcome to this month's Creative Craft Challenge!

The Creative Craft Challenge is a monthly feature where we introduce our members to different crafts. Every month I’ll give you a little background on a craft that you might not have heard of and show you a few great tutorials to encourage you to give it a try and show us your work.

So join me every month and put your skills and creativity to the test with lessons and tutorials, examples, and a place to show off your work. Your submissions will be featured in our favorites gallery and in this very blog!

Remember, the aim of the challenge is to introduce you to crafts that you might not have heard about or tried before. They won't require any expensive materials or years of training and expertise to complete. The idea is to challenge you to go out of your usual field of work and try something new!

This challenge is NOT a contest or a display of professional work, but a fun opportunity to broaden your crafting horizons. NO prizes are involved and everyone will be featured!

To clear up a question a few people have asked: The ArtisanCraft gallery folders and favorite folders are not linked- you can submit the same piece to both the gallery and the favorites if you like, no problem. Also, the two deviations per month limit does not apply to favorites folders, so please feel free to add as many submissions as you would like.

Member of the Month

At the end of every month one participant will be chosen as ArtisanCraft's Member of the Month and will be featured on our profile page for the entire next month. The Member of the Month for February is Rori2. Congratulations! :dance:


A miniature is a reproduction of something done at a very small scale. They are used for all kinds of things, from dollhouses and dioramas to jewelry and other decorations. There are tons of techniques and materials that can be used to make miniatures. Polymer clay is a particularly popular medium these days, but you could also use paper, wood, fabric, metal- you name it, you can probably use it to make miniatures.


You do NOT have to use any of the tutorials here to submit your art, they are only suggestions to help get you started. If you need some more references or directions, there are many more tutorials both here on dA and all over the internet.

There are a ridiculous number of great tutorials for making miniatures, especially miniature food, here on dA, so here is a very small selection:

SmallCreationsByMel has made many excellent tips and tutorials to help you out!

A tutorial for binding tiny books:
:bulletblue: Mini books :bulletblue:

Making liquid clay (kind of like slip):
:bulletblue: Liquid clay :bulletblue:

A couple of tutorials for making tableware:
:bulletblue: Plates and bowls :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Bowls :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Mug :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: TV dinner tray :bulletblue:

Simple miniature figurines:
:bulletblue: Mini figurines :bulletblue:

Tiny beaded cupcake!
:bulletblue: Bead cupcake :bulletblue:

A tutorial for making "piping bags" out of pens for doing fake piped icing:
:bulletblue: Pen piping bag :bulletblue:

Making a tiny aquarium:
:bulletblue: Miniature aquarium :bulletblue:

Keeping clay clean of dust and dirt:
:bulletblue: Clay cleaning :bulletblue:

Tutorial for making a tiny sheep:
:bulletblue: Miniature sheep :bulletblue:

Tiny shoes! Useful for dolls or as props for dioramas and dollhouses:
:bulletblue: Miniature sandals :bulletblue:

Tutorial for sewing tiny stuffed animals:
:bulletblue: Miniature plushies :bulletblue:

And a number of miniature food tutorials:
:bulletblue: Cupcake :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Lollipops :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Strawberries :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Ice cream cone :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Marshmallows :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Chocolate chip cookies (video tutorial) :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Onigiri :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Chocolate shavings (for cakes, etc.) :bulletblue:


A whole bunch of examples to give you a little inspiration:

Dollhouse Miniature- Easter Basket 1:12 scale by PrimerAmor Miniature bag scale 1:8 by sakyachan Medieval storehouse miniature by IBlodyXI Miniature Drinks by ChocolateDecadence Miniature Taco Meal by KrystalsTinyCakery Miniature Gingerbread House Pendant Blue and Green by PetitPlat Miniature Cream Cake by ChocolateDecadence Halloween handmade miniature diorama by JeffStahl Nan's Book Stack - GIFT by Bittythings Dollhouse Miniature Carrot Cake by fairchildart miniature painting by JawsOfKita-LoveHim Miniature Corals Jewelry - Necklace by PetitPlat Miniature Apple Pie by Bon-AppetEats Miniature Book Pendant by Izile miniature by Miyaka89 Group of miniature cats by Oviot Miniature Stationary 4 by MiniatureBaker Miniature Butterflies Glass Dome Pendants by Gloomyswirl Miniature Goldfish [WIP] by SmallCreationsByMel Banana on banana by MiniatureChef Making Miniature Almond Cones by MrsCreosote Miniature crisps in bag by EmisBakery Also my first miniature food by ElegantInfants Miniature gryphon by Kridah Miniature dollhouse paint box by Yuki-Myst baguette earrings by BadgersBakery Miniature red tailed hawk by AnyaStone Miniature kingfisher by AnyaStone Miniature desserts by fiat500S Small Village of Miniature Gingerbread Houses by PetitPlat Miniature Xbox with controller earrings by FrozenNote Miniature Modern Bakery 1-24 by Snowfern miniature chicken pot pie I by FatalPotato Miniature Beaded Western Collection by pinkythepink Miniature Origami Irises by Paper-Peaches Micro Miniature Penguins by Kyle-Lefort Miniature Wizard Chest by grimdeva miniature roses by Snowfern Miniature Drawer by vesssper Breakfast: His - Miniature by thinkpastel miniature fairy skull by polymer-people NEW Jasmeen miniature corset by wickedgems Miniature Valentine's day box with chocolates by EmisBakery Miniature Hydrangea Arrangement by Bon-AppetEats My miniature safari: Grass-eaters by RoOsaTejp Miniature Fish 'n Chips by arihoma Spaghetti - Miniature, size by thinkpastel Miniature traditional snack by GemDeDude Miniature Spooky Bed by grimdeva Miniature profiteroles 2 by AGTCT Miniature Cannolies by kayanah Dollhouse Miniature Frosted Cookies by fairchildart Miniature Hedgehog Wearing A Top Hat No 2 by Kyle-Lefort watermelons - 1:12 scale handmade miniature by abohemianbazaar Miniature baker's rack by GoddessofChocolate Heffalump miniature plushie by Mimi-Mushroom Miniature Sandwiches by ChocolateDecadence Miniature Polymer Clay Chocolates I by AgentRose Miniature Orange by HanaClayWorks Goldfish Bowl Miniature by AliaBierwag Miniature Cupcakes by ClayRunway Miniature Dovahkiin's helmet from polymer clay 2 by Krinna Miniature Pralines by ChocolateDecadence Cello - handsculpted miniature Charm by Ganjamira miniature piglet by vriad-lee

Get Crafting!

Now it's your turn to try your hand at making miniatures!

Every Friday I'll update this journal to feature our member's creations.

To submit your miniatures:
:bulletgreen: Go to the ArtisanCraft homepage, click on "Faves" (down along the left), click [Link] (CCC 35- Miniatures)  (along the left side), then click the "Suggest a Favorite" button (top right), and you're in!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the monthly Creative Craft Challenge, this craft, or anything else, please feel free to comment here, on the Creative Craft Challenge of the Month blog, or by sending me a note to me, Animus-Panthera.

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AllieDragonCat 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
may i join?? 
Thank you for accepting me in your group! :happybounce: 
IlmondodiSaxStrega Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
enrico-ors-91 Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Hi! I've updated this deviation… with a new pic: it it possible to notify the Group?

Cheers! Thanks for everything!

Cayca Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
enrico-ors-91 Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, np :)
HerrMagermilch Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting me :)
Bonecarverpm Feb 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi  I just submitted 2 photos and utterly spaced to put them in the Misc gallery please if you would put them there, my apologies !
Cayca Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just withdraw them and resubmit to the correct folder.
Bonecarverpm Feb 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
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