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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 05 February, 2018

tattoo-gun-1:12 scale

Tattoo Gun, 1:12 scale

Special Orders

I love the challenge making unusual accessories on demand. It started with a request from an enthusiast for a 1:12 scale miniature shopping bag from her favorite department store – Farid’s in Karachi, Pakistan. This is now a specialty. I now have 43 bags from all over the world, and I am branching into 1:24 scale. Shopping bags aren’t that unusual; tattoo guns are. Massage tables too. I’ve had enough orders of each to make two at a time to build an inventory. Read more about other unusual items in my Etsy shop.

Tattoo Gun

This miniature tattoo machine is made in 1:12 scale and is one and a half inches long. It has two blue ink cartridges in the back end and a needle in the front end. It was originally custom made for a customer, then I added it to my product list. I’m not sure what the market is for 1:12 scale tattoo guns, but I’m your go-to gal.


Miniature shopping bag, Farid Department Store, Karachi, Pakistan

Farid’s Department Store

I have over 30 famous-name shopping bags from which to choose. All have removable tissue and are 1:12 scale. Most measure 1” x 1/14.” Some, like the Tiffany bag, some are slightly smaller, in keeping with sizes in the real world. Custom orders are welcomed. Let me know if you don’t see a paper bag from your favorite store. If I can find the logo, I will make it for you at no additional cost.


Graduation Cap, Gown & Diploma

Graduation Cap, Gown & Diploma

The diploma in this ensemble is customized for whatever school you chose. The cap and gown also come in white. They are in 1/12 scale and the gown measures 5″ in length. It is accompanied by a rolled and tied diploma, and a booklet diploma. Shoes to go with the gown.can be found in the shoe department.

miniature-massage-table-1:12 scale

Miniature Massage Table, 1:12 scale

Massage Table

The 1:12 scale massage table is 2 1/2″H x 2 1/2″Wx 6 1/2″L from the tip of the headrest to the end of the table. It is covered in leather and includes a pillow and sheet. It does not fold. Unlike the tattoo gun, I get 3 or 4 orders a month.

Massage Chair

miniature-massage-chair-1:12 scale

Miniature Massage Chair – 1:12 scale

This 1:12 scale massage chair is 5″ long, 3″ high and 2″ wide. It is made of real leather, with a steel wire frame. The chair is designed for massage therapists who go to homes or trade shows and need a portable way to give a massage. However, it does not fold.


Karate Kit – 1:12 scale

Karate Kit

This little karate outfit will fit a 1″ scale doll or can be just laid out on the bed for use later. It comes complete with karate soft shoes, numbchucks, boards to be broken with the famous karate chop, and everybody is a black belt.


Miniature Dentist’s Kit 1:12 scale

Dental Office

This kit includes all necessary dental tools, gloves, mask, false teeth, toothbrush, x-rays, dental diploma and, of course, the lab coat. The tools include dollhouse sized 1/12 scale hypodermic needle, mirror, and explorer. The x-rays have an envelope and the coat is made for a hook or hanger but I can remove some stitching if you want to put it on a 1/12 scale doll. Search this site for a customized framed diploma and or shoes to go with the complete set.

Special order, anyone? Contact me here, or go to my Esty shop and send me a convo. And while you’re there, browse the more mainstream 1:12 scale products I make.

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


I invite you to visit my Etsy Shop where I offer many accessories and pieces of furniture in 1:12 scale. Subscribers to this blog receive a discount on all Featured Products. Click here for details.

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