Miniature Wildlife - Conceptual Sculpture

Miniature Wildlife - Conceptual Sculpture






Proportion & Scale

Before sculpting,  my own scale drawings or photos are used as a reference. Then the subject is sculpted by hand to the intended scale whilst maintaining its realistic appearance throughout.


The sculptures on this website are made from polymer clay as a the base medium. Once the sculptures are cured they are finished using mixed media for the final effect.



1:12th scale barn owl drawing in Mechanical pencil and water colour

1:12th scale barn owl

Fur Feather & Fiber

 Cruelty free wool roving, flock, plant fibers and naturally moulted feathers are adhered to the sculpture to re-create fur coats and feather plumage to a natural and realistic likeness. Eyes for the sculptures are made from semi precious polished stone or glass in colours that are a close match to real subject.


This is a traditional technique where fiber is cut into a sawdust - like consistency and sprinkled onto an adhesive surface.   Where flocking is used, I prefer to build up the fiber particles gradually with a small brush instead of sprinkling the flocking directly onto the sculpture to control the finished effect.

Ground fiber

Ground fibers that are finer than flock are used for subtle finishes and in paint effects

Above photo: Miniature feathers to be used on a 1:12th scale little owl made from Mallard & goose   feathers and painted with fabric paints using a 2.0 pointed brush.


 Painting Feathers

Not all of the colours  available commercially are suitable for miniature birds, so for these reasons I prefer to mix my own  so that the colours are a closer match to the real thing.  The slideshow demonstration below shows how a natural white feather can be painted to resemble a real mallard feather.

 I have used  real size feathers for the demonstration so that the process  can be seen more easily. 

Siamese cat & Kitten: Unfinished sculptures 

Little owl in progress: Attaching feathers using precision tip tweezers.


Miniature feathers for barn owls: 1:12th scale





 A real mallard feather with a 1:12th scale miniature  painted version












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