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Last updated on Aug 30, 2018

Let me know if you want me to make a duplicate of a SOLD item!
FREE SHIPPING (USA) and reduced international shipping on items of $50.00 or more. If you purchase several less expensive items that add up to $50, I will refund the excess shipping charges. Rugs and some soft items will be shipped in bubble envelopes. Buyer is responsible for customs or other fees or taxes. We ship via USPS First Class, and by USPS media mail.
For next business day shipping, orders must be completed before 6:00 p.m., (U.S.) Mountain Time.
Now offering 6 months financing on purchases of $99 or more, USA only. Choose PayPal at checkout to apply, subject to their credit approval. No interest if paid in full in 6 months.

Elinor Cruze

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Elinor Cruze

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Making miniature treasures for the love of it.

Important note: My creations are MINIATURES. I will not give a refund to a buyer who expected a life-sized version of one of my pieces.

Most of my tiny creations are OOAK. I make unusual, fun 1:12 scale miniatures, with a few pieces in 1:16 or 1:24 scale. To me, the fun of miniatures is creating new items, so my shop has a wide variety of unique pieces. I'm not timid about challenges that require new skills. My skill areas include wood working and carving, quilling, sewing, pattern making and design, painting, sculpture, and human or animal anatomy. I'm always looking for new materials and except for certain craft supplies, make all items in this shop by hand. These are not factory manufactured pieces that I have refinished, although I occasionally make pieces from kits, but then I give them my special touch when I finish them. When I have purchased components, I make that clear in the list of materials. I start with wood, wire, paper, polymer clay, embroidery thread, beads and/or fabric and draw my inspiration from real-life furniture and my imagination, not from miniatures made by others.

These pieces are intended for adult collectors and may not be suitable for unsupervised young children because I use small, sometimes sharp components, and many of the items are delicate. That said, there are children . . . and then there are children. When I was 7 and my sister 5 1/2, we had a treasured miniature porcelain tea set that we had played with for over a year, with not even a tiny chip. Of course we didn't swallow any tiny cups or stuff them up our noses!
I can make pieces sturdy enough for a careful child to play with. Please contact me if you want something child-friendly, and we'll work out the details together. I love to think of a real child getting pleasure from my work.
My shop is environmentally friendly. I sometimes use recycled packaging materials, our home & shop are smoke- and pet-free, and I use non-toxic paints & finishing materials whenever possible.

Here's how I build wooden furniture. I decide on the measurements, draw a plan, and cut out basic pieces out of wood; now I use a table saw and mini scroll saw, but I started with a craft knife. I use different thicknesses, sometimes as many as three different ones, depending on where the part will fit, so that the whole piece has a realistic look. For things like table legs, I turn my own spindles on a mini-lathe.

Each piece gets sanded usually through 5 progressively finer grades of sandpaper and dry-fitted in a magnetic jig glue-up box, then glued together. I make wooden drawer faces and doors to fit; on special pieces, I may make dovetail joints. At this stage, I may decorate them with carving or raised panels. I use thinner bass wood for the inside of drawers, or styrene for smaller scales. Using micro chisels, I inlet channels for metal hinges, one of the few parts that I buy. I glue the hinges in place, then drill holes for the tiny nails. The nails get a dab of glue before inserting in the holes.

I usually use acrylic finishes and stains, rather than something toxic. Sometimes I make it resemble oak, dark pine or mahogany; sometimes I give it an antique or a Shabby Chic finish. Usually I sand the assembled piece to a smooth finish with Micro Mesh sanding pads and apply an organic beeswax polish, but depending on the structure, I may finish inside surfaces before assembling the piece.

I use polymer clay, paper, wire and bits of found objects to make some accessories.

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  • Elinor Cruze

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've always wanted to make miniature dollhouse furniture, and started for real on Thanksgiving, 2012. After an initial learning phase, I began designing original pieces. I soon produced more than I have room to display, so I'm offering them for sale.

  • Frank Remaly

    Maker, Tool Maker, Consultant

    My husband Frank Remaly spent 23 years in the US Coast Guard. Now retired, he builds & repairs antique weapons as a hobby. He also ties flies and restores antique fly rods. He can build or fix anything and often gives me unique technical solutions.

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