You may not know this, but the first people to use polymer clay were miniaturists. I know this as in the beginning....well maybe not that far back, the only place I could find the clay was in hobby and train shops. It was used to create tiny people or greenery for model trains. Soon after discovering the clay, I was on a trip to Knott's Berry Farm admiring a room full of dollhouse miniatures. The exhibit later moved to a shop near by. I literally stood in front of a "sewing shop" display of miniatures for an hour! That was it...I was hooked!
This amazing group of diver orb rings is by GoldFingerBarcelona and is a fabulous example of sculpting in miniature. In recent months I've seen a resurgence of miniatures, not only for specific scale sizes of trains, but for dollhouse accessories and now JEWELRY! These photos are just a few of the pieces I have come across where a tiny, and I mean tiny miniature was created, cured and then encapsulated into epoxy resin. The trick is to find the clearest resin so that even the smallest details of your tiny masterpieces can be viewed. I prefer DiamondCast epoxy resin, a newer brand that is only available online as far as I know. You just measure equal parts (and it doesn't take a whole lot) mix them together in a separate mixing cup, pour into a CLEAR mold and let set up until a bit thick and tacky before adding your miniature and filling the mold to the top. The reason for the clear mold (I like to use a cube or orb shapes) is so that you can see how your miniature is positioned which is very important. Believe me, you don't want to unmold your tiny treasure only to realize that you clay mini has floated to the top, is turned so that you cannot see the front or that it may have broken during positioning it, without "viewing what you are doing".
As I began my polymer clay journey with a collection of year round 1" bears, I had to give this newer concept a try. This bangle that I named "Swinging in the Rain" was my very first attempt at encasing a tiny Premo! Sculpey clay scene. It's a little girl swinging on a tree swing, placed into the center clear resin section of a clear bangle mold. I love how the resin magnifies the miniatures giving them even more intrigue. Even though you may have guessed that I didn't plan to get micro-bubbles in my piece, I decided it would be raining! If you like resin, even as a coating, you may like to join Resin Goddess Sales on Facebook. Some artists also work with polymer clay as the two mediums easily overlap.