Like most children, Marina Paredes had an affinity for anything miniature related. A collector of miniatures – her favorites being Polly Pockets – what started out as a hobby turned into an obsession.
“The first miniature I made was when I was around 10 years old,” recalled Paredes in an interview with The Daily Mini. “I made it with toothpicks and it was a little house with small furniture. I remember that in order to open and close the door, I used a piece of cloth. I still keep it with much affection.”
Years later, she’s now a well-respected model maker and miniature creator, known primarily for her miniature houses. Based in Spain, she mainly works with wood, clay, and acrylic paint. Her work incorporates various types of wood, including softwood like balsa or hardwood like linden. After making her houses, she adds detail in clay and then paints the finished product.
“One thing that I enjoy very much is making miniature versions of people’s houses,” says Paredes. “It is very exciting for them and I have a good time.” “For me, the most difficult thing is to make very small objects without losing too many details,” she adds.
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