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Category Archive: Miniature

Smoke-painted miniatures in a bottle

Smoke-painted miniatures in a bottle

Maple leaves. Bottled smoke art by Jim Dingilian. Smoke-painted miniatures in a bottle

Smoke-painted miniatures in a bottle by Jim Dingilian

Smoke inside empty glass bottle can create unusual pictures, of course, by the hands of a talented artist. It is the American artist Jim Dingilian, who tells his black-and-white stories about life in the suburbs, through his miniature bottle art. The author tried to give something magical to unusual paintings of very ordinary suburb. In the haze, which appeared through smoked glass (for the artist uses a candle), simple-minded landscape began to look more mysterious. Dingilian was born in York, PA. In his childhood he had lived for seven years in Waterloo, Belgium, then returned to the United States. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology receiving his MFA in photography in 1996. Dingilian is represented by the McKenzie Fine Art Gallery in New York.
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Maria Jia steampunk jewelry

Chameleon. Maria Jia steampunk jewelry

Chameleon. Biomechanical, polymer, steampunk. Maria Jia steampunk jewelry. Krasnodar, Russia

Maria Jia steampunk jewelry
Designer, jeweler and steampunk artist Maria Jia lives and works in Krasnodar, Russia. Beautiful and talented artist graduated from Krasnodar Art School. She makes jewelry in the style of steampunk, cyberpunk, and bio-mechanics. Basic materials for her hand-made art – polymer clay, clockworks, acrylic, and lacquer. Amphibians and reptiles, fantasy and mystic characters – the main inspiration for her art. Maria shares her crafts conducting workshops on steampunk jewelry.
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Porcelain miniature by Svetlana Oreshkina

Porcelain miniature by Svetlana Oreshkina

Thistle, tea cup and a saucer. Porcelain miniature by Svetlana Oreshkina

Porcelain miniature by Svetlana Oreshkina – tea sets, stunning in their brightness, vividness and naturalism. According to the master herself, she has been creating porcelain miniature for more than twenty years. Meanwhile, mniature birds that adorn the plates, look like they are going to fly up any minute, and berries on plates look as fresh as if they have just been picked up. The nature itself enclosed in these small porcelain figurines. Indeed, butterflies, bees, frogs, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and lizards – everything breathes with life. Just look and enjoy a warm summer day, when buttercups, violets, daisies bloom on the porcelain plates and cups.
Born in Moscow, Russian porcelain artist Svetlana Oreshkina lives and works here. She graduated from the Moscow State Open Pedagogical University. Besides, she is a member of the Artists’ Union of Russia, and a permanent participant of national and foreign art exhibitions.
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TALWST miniature sculpture

Execution Of Michael Brown. 2014. TALWST miniature sculpture

Execution Of Michael Brown. 2014. TALWST miniature sculpture

TALWST miniature sculpture
Trinidad born, now Canadian mixed media artist Talwst, has created miniature dioramas in ring boxes. Fine jewelry boxes serve as the basis for small scenes filled with almost microscopic human figures. According to the artist, the idea for this series came about when a street vendor in Paris gave him an old box from the ring and told him: “I would love to see what you can do with it.” Antique ring boxes, which he uses, as well as fine details in tiny dioramas, help the viewer pay attention to the story; “I want the viewer to open the box, and feel that he is in another world.”
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Button miniature art

Button miniature art. French Fop Fops Button Tavern Scene

French Fop Fops Button Tavern Scene. Button miniature art

Vintage buttons are so varied and interesting that many of today’s collectors increasingly prefer collecting Button miniature art. Each button has its own history and can tell you about a particular cultural epoch that began under the rule of various emperors. Archaeologists claim that the oldest should be considered buttons, found during excavations in the Indus Valley. They date back to the III millennium BC. In the Scythian tombs found clothing, jewelry buttons, Greek warriors fastened straps on armor with buttons, the patricians of Ancient Rome also used them. Disco or oval, triangular and square, pyramid and cone-shaped, spherical and hemispherical, archaeologists find antique buttons everywhere.
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Handmade bracelets by Maya Valit

Two under umbrella. Handmade bracelets by Maya Valit

Two under umbrella, decoupage technique. Handmade bracelets by Maya Valit

Handmade bracelets by Maya Valit
The main activity of Moscow based artist Valit – residential and non-residential interior design. Her second favorite activity – interior decor, home accessories and jewelry in the decoupage technique. She, in particular, is engaged in creating bracelets in the decoupage technique. Valit loves black and white photos, retro style, and the beginning of the XX century. Also, pastel shades, bright happy colors, and elegant shapes, but she believes that everything has to be adapted to modern times. Gorgeous bracelets contain a plot that may lead to pleasant associations, thoughts or memories. Made of wood, warm, unobtrusive with discreet colors, bracelets by Maya Valit are light and look noble.
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Dreams Of Stone pendants

Birth. Handmade pendant by Russian artist of applied art Dreams Of Stone

Birth. Dreams Of Stone pendants, Handmade pendant by Russian artist of applied art Dreams Of Stone

Dreams Of Stone pendants
Moscow based artist of applied art Nina works under a nickname ‘Dreams Of Stone’. The mixed media artist creates artworks made in different techniques and material – Batik, Beading, Felting, plastic, wicker, painting, and photography. Unfortunately, there is no personal information about the artist on her website, and all I have found there – comments on Dreams Of Stone pendants from her admirers. So, as they say, her artwork speaks much about the artist herself.
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