Squirrels, ducklings, and mice are already pretty cute as they are, but they’re even more adorable in miniature. Artist and biologist Fanni Sandor crafts tiny animal figurines that are small enough to perch on your fingertip. Each anatomically correct, 1:12 scale dollhouse miniature is hand-sculpted from polymer clay, before being painted with realistic details.
Sandor has been captivated by all things miniature since childhood. She created her first sculpture at just six years old—made from toothpicks, candle wax, paper, and glue—and hasn’t looked back since. “In my country, there (are) no traditions of the 1:12 scale miniature making,” she says. “In my twenties, I met the first professional miniaturist’s work through the internet. I was completely fascinated.”
Applying her background in biology, Sandor’s goal is to make her miniatures as close to their real counterparts as possible. She first studies photos of her subjects, before making prototype sketches. Once she’s ready to start making her model, Sandor uses a variety of tools to meticulously sculpt each piece from polymer clay and wire. After baking, the artist then uses a small chisel to refine the animal's form, and then brings them to life using paint. She sometimes adds faux fur and feathers to make fluffy creatures even more realistic.
Check out some of Sandor’s dollhouse miniatures below and find more of her teeny-tiny critters on Instagram. If you’re dying to hold one of her cute creations in your hands, keep an eye on Sandor’s Etsy shop for new listings.