An Artist Has Been Making Tiny Baby Sculptures That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand.
All made by hand, Canadian artist Camille Allene, 35, will often spend several weeks creating each one – starting with just a ball of clay.
Features are delicately carved out of the clay as she uses a craft tool, finishing with just a ball of clay, tiny newborn ready to show off to her customers.
Explaining the process, Camill e said: ‘Starting from a lump of clay, and tiny tools including toothpicks, sculpting a lifelike or miniature baby begins. It takes many, many hours of patient conceptualization to form a realistic baby and finish with fine details – including wrinkles and fingerprints.
The babies have soft Mohair to imitate fine baby hair and are blushed with paints for realism to enhance their tiny wrinkles and creases.’
The babies have soft Mohair to imitate fine baby hair and are blushed with paints for realism to enhance their tiny wrinkles and creases.
Camille says that her customers love her work – with many people buying for both sentimental and heartfelt reasons – including bereaved parents found in one shell.
She said: ‘The first miniature baby I made was curled in a fetal position, and I even gave it umbilical cord, as if it was still in the womb. The shape and size of the baby seemed similar to that of an eggshell. I treasured this, and the baby perfect perfectly fits in the palm of the hand.
‘This was how the idea of “Egg Babies” was born. I think the fragility newborn baby’s head and how fragile newborn life is must be treated and cared for. Later, I tried sculpting a baby inside a shoebox – thus the “Shoebox Babies.”
The shape and texture of different parts of dolls, whether remains of dolls or their previously handmade creations, are often reduced to embryos, as babies. Some Shoebox Babies have pearls in their navels or are holding a pearl, like two little treasures found in one shell.’
Each item costs anywhere from $99 for a single newborn to $1,500 for an intricate sculpture of hugging twins, and can all be found on Camille’s website.