Small appetite: Scot creates tiny dishes for dollhouses

Roz MacLean from Inverness has fans from as far afield as America who love her tiny portions of food made from clay.

Small appetite: Scot creates tiny dishes for dollhouses Katielee Arrowfield via SWNS

A dollhouse enthusiast has created tiny roast dinners, fish and chips and sushi from clay which have delighted collectors from as far afield as America.

Roz MacLean from Inverness started selling the tiny meals – no bigger than a 2p coin – in November 2019 after she made one for her mum’s dollhouse.

The pharmacy technician taught herself how to make the minuscule designs four years ago by watching YouTube videos, following a love for all things miniature. 

The 41-year-old makes the unique items out of polymer clay by moulding them into shapes then using chalk pastels, blades, and even a toothbrush to create the minuscule details, before setting in the oven for 30 minutes.

After she began uploading the items to Etsy, Roz started to get attention for the designs, with people requesting custom dishes and has even sold miniature meals to buyers in America.

The price of the tiny meals ranges depending on the design and can range from £5 to £25.

Roz has created tiny versions of everything from roast dinners to empire biscuits.Katielee Arrowfield via SWNS

Mother-of-two Roz said: “I got my first dollhouse when I was 20 and I’ve been collecting miniatures for years. 

“I thought ‘I’m going to start building miniatures myself’, so I started designing things about four years ago after teaching myself through YouTube.

“I’ve always loved miniature items, it’s always fascinated me making things so tiny. 

“The idea of making meals just came from a love of food, and how much fun it would be to design these meals.

“I have always been fascinated by the sheer size and the detail you need to put in – with food it works so well as you can get proper realism with the clay.

“I made a meal for my mum’s dollhouse when she suggested that I sell them online. 

“I went for it, and it’s been a great reaction. It’s fabulous to see, I love when someone sends me a picture of my meal set up in their dollhouse. 

The tiny creations have been selling like (miniature) hot cakes online.Katielee Arrowfield via SWNS

“I get specific messages for what people want depending on their house, for example, I recently made sushi. 

“It takes hours, and sometimes a full day to make one meal.”

Roz has said her family has been a great support, with husband Scott, 36, letting her convert the spare bedroom into a workshop, and her two young children Riley, nine, and Rudy, four, even help with the designs.

Roz added: “My husband has been brilliant and even let me take over the spare bedroom to work from. 

“I have two boys, so there not as interested in dolls as when I was at their age, although they do sometimes help with the designs.

“I love doing it and I’m enjoying just building up my shop.”

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