Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Tiny Challenge: Monkeys

I enjoy sculpting on a small scale. I love it when a people view my work and say

OMG! that is SO TINY

I am often asked: But HOW do you work on such a small scale?
The truth is, it takes ALOT of patience, lots of leaning over the table (my poor back), lots of squinting (perhaps I should get a magnifying monocle) and my trusty sculpting tools.
My "special" sculpting tool set consists of nothing more than a converted sewing needle, converted tapestry needle, converted X-Acto blade, and the ink barrel of a BIC pen.

I recently sculpted a set of monkeys sitting just 1 inch tall

But perhaps I can sculpt smaller

I have challenged myself to sculpt a 'tiny' monkey at 3/4 inches tall

But perhaps I can go smaller

So I sculpted a rainbow monkey set sitting just over HALF AN INCH!!



This week I pushed myself to sculpt creatures that measure UNDER HALF AN INCH!! Each tiny detail is carefully sculpted using colored clay. No paint was used on these monkeys

1/3 inch baby blue monkey (1cm)

1/4 inch baby pink monkey, that's right ONE QUARTER INCH!!

(blink and you'll miss it)

I now offer these tiny monkeys as Custom MADE TO ORDER in my
Artfire Shop and in my Etsy Shop

Stay tuned for the Micro Teddy Bear Challenge coming next week. Have YOU ever seen a teddy bear smaller than your fingernail?


  1. to cute!! tiny is always more adorable!! :-)

  2. These are so sweet...I think I love the tiniest the most! Great work. Teri

  3. WOW !!! Now, can you convert these tiny sculpture to charms for bracelets, or other little pieces of functional art ? Perhaps challenge 102

  4. Holey moley! I've just started playing around with clay so I have a small inkling of how much work that is. They're precious.

  5. I think I need some for my dollhouse shop!

  6. Tiny monkeys rock! Maybe you need a massage! Unbelievable work!

  7. Oh wow. I tried using polymer clay when I was a child. It was not easy to make tiny animals without having visible thumbprints. You've done a great job!

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