As much as we tout the Dremel as a tool for projects big and small, it’s easy to forget that the Dremel rotaries are slammin’ for tiny jobs — and when we say tiny, we mean it. A word from miniaturist Jim Pridham lets you in on just how much TLC goes into his work.
I am an artist of the old school. Inspired by the maritime history and novel architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area, where I’ve lived for over fifty years, I work through an old and universally popular art form: creating in miniature.
I combine extreme detail and realism to sculpt fictional environments. Like a Victorian neighborhood set in San Francisco and coastal villages similar to those I’ve been to. But I leave out the people and animals. I want people to see my work and use their imaginations to create their own characters and tales within my dioramas. Take a look at Maritime Life & Traditions to see some of my work.
A few images on the Dremel site put into focus the artistic precision that these little tools can achieve, in the right hands. Jim lists some of the necessary steps in creating scaled miniatures, all accomplished with the Dremel tool: drilling a fine hole into delicate material without ruining it; using bristle brushes to get the right effect on a landscape; utilizing the Dremel right-angle attachment to work those hard-to-reach areas; and choosing the correct grit sanding disc to remove material from a tiny house.
In any event, we’re fascinated by this glimpse of what goes into shaping these tiny models, as well as by the level of craftsmanship that can be achieved with a simple rotary device.