|This was my first print feature for miniatures -|
Dollhouse Miniatures magazine 1998
After a year or so, I also had a dealer in New York representing my work. Her contacts requested all sorts of animals, so I branched out in to creating many other types of animals. I set a goal for myself; to become an Artisan and then Fellow member of the IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans) in the category of animal figures, and achieved that goal in 2001. I really enjoyed the work, and put a lot of love in to each tiny creature I crafted, but also began to branch out into other areas of miniature making. My husband and I began to create animated miniatures and I started working on expanding my skill set to include metal work, carving, etc. After a while, I stopped making little animals and went on to other mini creations.
Last month, I got a special request from a customer who had seen my hummingbirds and was working on creating a special garden scene for her mom. Who could turn that down? I knew I still had a few finished birds and a few "blanks" (when I was producing more hummingbirds, I would carve the bodies in different sizes and leave them attached to the wood block for further work, since they weren't a specific species yet, I referred to them as blanks).
I pulled out the box with the hummingbird making supplies in it and set to work. I actually ended up making 2 from scratch because one of the birds she wanted was a large one, and the other one wasn't carved in the position I wanted it to be. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to make more! Alas, I don't have time.....but don't be surprised if the hummingbirds return some day!
Here are her little birds, ready to be sent to their new home.
|from left to right - 1:12th scale broad-billed, Anna's, blue-throated, Costa's, and ruby-throated hummingbirds|