Squirrels, ducklings and mice are already pretty cute as they are, but they are even cuter in miniature. Artist and biologist Fanni Sandor creates animal figurines that are small enough to perch on your fingertips.
Each anatomically accurate 1:12 scale dollhouse is hand sculpted from polymer clay before being painted with realistic details.
Sandor has been captivated by all things miniature since childhood. When she was six years old, she created her first sculpture — made of toothpicks, candle wax, paper, and glue — and hasn’t looked back since.
“In my country, there are no traditions of making 1:12 scale miniatures,” she said. “In my twenties, I met my first work by a professional miniaturist through the Internet. I was completely mesmerized.”
Applying her background knowledge of biology, Sandor’s goal is to make her miniatures as close to their real counterparts as possible. She first studies photographs of her subjects before making prototype sketches. When she was ready to start making her model, Sandor used various tools to meticulously sculpt each piece from polymer clay and wire.
After baking, the artist would use a small chisel to refine the animals’ shapes and then bring them to life using paint. She sometimes adds faux fur and feathers to make the fluffy creatures even more lifelike.
Check out some of Sandor’s dollhouse miniatures below and find more of her tiny creatures on Instagram. If you’re looking to get your hands on one of her cute creations, check out Sandor’s Etsy shop for new listings.
Artist Fanni Sandor creates miniatures of animal dollhouses that are small enough to fit on your fingertips.
Each little creature is sculpted from polymer clay and painted by hand.
Applying her background in biology, Sandor’s animal miniatures are anatomically accurate — but at 1:12.