My love of anything having to do with dolls and dollhouses started long before I became a serious doll collector. As children, dolls are our playmates, our best friends, and (in the dark of the night) sometimes our protectors. This web page is a place for me to share with other doll lovers of all ages, the dolls I have spent my whole life collecting. Make sure to click the "Older Posts" button at the bottom of the page in order to see the whole collection.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Wearing Miniatures as Jewelry

My love of miniatures and dolls has led me to the whole new hobby of finding ways to incorporate miniature figures and scenes into pieces of jewelry.  Below are some pictures of my past projects.


A pair of steampunk miniature dolls hangs from this necklace. This project took more time to make than just about any of the other project I've taken on. The dolls were difficult to make because they were so small, but detailed. 

Notice that the little miniature scene with a cozy cat and dog in front of a fireplace above actually has flames that light up. The flames slowly flicker, off and on.

Whenever I wear the piece above, I get lots of compliments from complete strangers. They always want me to stop so they can get a closer look at the tiny underwater world.

I couldn't get a real good picture of the ring above. Inside the ring is a tiny girl walking her dog through a park. There is a tiny blue bird sitting on the fence behind her that was REALLY hard to paint because it was so tiny. Talk about eyestrain.

I needed a Valentine's Day Necklace to wear to work, so I thought Cupid and Psyche was the perfect subject for this piece. It came out beautifully, don't you think?

I loved the idea of having a tiny miniature Christmas scene hidden inside a locket. You should see people's faces when I open it up to show them.

I've always loved globe rings with miniatures inside. It was a lot of fun to learn how to make my own.

Trying to figure out how to make a tiny jar full of fireflies was much harder than you would think. The necklace above now belongs to my young niece.  Everywhere she goes, people ask her about the necklace and where she got it. She smiles and tells them her aunt made it for her.

There is a tiny girl holding a basket of flowers in that glass locket hanging at the bottom of the piece pictured above. People don't notice it right away, and are then quite delighted when they discover it!

I could not get a good picture of the genie in the bottle. What you can't see is a little tiny genie sitting amid her furniture and belongings. You can see everything by looking through the filigree. But for some reason, the camera could not pick up all the tiny detail.

The above piece with a mermaid and her baby was my first attempt to use clear resin in my work. The merbaby and the tiny sea horse just about did me in, they were so small.

I love creating tiny dolls out of clay and using them as charms like the four mermaid pieces pictured above.

Miniature scenes are especially fun to incorporate into jewelry.  Check out some of the examples featured below.

The Thanksgiving Feast necklace featured above has got to be one of my favorite pieces. You can't see it in this picture, but there is tiny food on the table and a tiny black dog begging for food on the left.