Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crafts From A Miniaturist's Cauldron

Meet Grimdeva!  She is an eclectic mixed media artist, miniaturist, and cat wrangler.  Grim (as many of us fondly call her), hand makes fine fantasy and spooky 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures, and gets most of her inspiration from both the dark and light aspects of Nature.

Each of Grim's pieces are one of a kind (OOAK), and crafted in assemblage style. She uses recycled bits from jewelry, toys, hardware, and various found objects, in addition to several types of clay including sculpy, paper, and epoxy.

When painting her miniature creations, she applies several layers with crackling, glazes, inks, dry brushing, and gilding.  She works in specific themes: Egyptian Revival, Spooky Witch, Gothic Vampire, Woodland Fairy, Steampunk, and Cryptozoology.   She likes the odd, the curious, the darkly ornate.

Grim received her first dollhouse when she was 2 years old. Her grandfather built a sturdy wooden Swiss Chalet, which she still has.  As many girls do, she set aside her toys when she became a teenager.  Many years later, she rediscovered that chalet  along with a large box of furniture .  While renovating that dollhouse, Grim discovered that she was very good at making miniatures and loved it. A friend suggested that she sell her miniatures online, and she soon  opened her Etsy shop, Cauldron Craft Miniatures.

In addition to being a Miniaturist, Grim is a working Witch and a rootworker.  She is as busy making full size wands and potions as she is crafting the tiny ones! In her words, "I have more ideas than I have time.  These tiny worlds will always have a special place in my heart and imagination- really, mini making is my therapy.  Lately, I’ve been making miniatures and buying artisan pieces for my own GrimHaunt Mansion, a 1:12 scale glow in the dark spooky dollhouse. So much fun!"

Grim will soon be moving all of her handmade miniatures to a new Etsy shop called Grim Haunt Miniatures, and will be keeping Cauldron Craft Oddities exclusively for real-life jewelry, ritual goods,  and fashions.  Be sure to visit:

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