“When creating my miniature pieces, the process can take from one month to almost two years to create a single piece,” this is what professional miniature artist Chris Toledo of Toledo Miniatures told Bored Panda about his finely-detailed, expertly-crafted 1:12 scale historic building interiors.

Chris has the patience of a saint and the focus of a Jedi. His childhood love for art and architecture eventually grew into what it is now: a resounding success that fascinates tens of thousands of people.

“Each model I create starts with extensive research of the era and time period I'm trying to recreate,” Chris said. “Over the years I've collected home plans and building guides from the early 20th century to make sure my pieces are 100% accurate representations of the past.”

Scroll down for the rest of our in-depth interview with the artist and upvote your favorite miniatures. Let us know in the comments what you think of Chris’ art and whether you’ve tried making miniatures yourselves.

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Debby B
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1 year ago

Incredible!

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
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1 year ago

Although I absolutely LOVE the skill and detail put into each piece, I can't help but think many of them would look even more realistic with a bit of "wear and tear", bathtub rings, soap scum, smokey/greasy backdrops, dirt in the corners etc.

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Why?
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1 year ago

That should take care of the vampires!

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“The process for building my pieces is much like building an actual house or room. I start with simple layout drawings to make sure everything flows cohesively and harmoniously,” Chris explained how involved his creative process is.

“From there, I create a more detailed blueprint which I eventually construct on a 3D computer modeling program. This helps me visualize each project and allows me to make any changes before I begin construction of the actual piece.”

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Why?
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1 year ago

That's going to leave a nasty bathtub ring!

Seabeast
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1 year ago

Should have a tiny towel and a miniature toilet paper roll.

Spikey Bunny
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1 year ago

And plumbing connecting the toilet with the tank..., but it's still really well done

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Molly Block
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1 year ago

It's Trump's bathroom? The Sharpie? Sorry to the artist== I don't mean to be disrespectful by associating that idiot with your splendid and amazing work.

Jill Tibbetts Tuley
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1 year ago

Who is the IDIOT here? You see artwork and feel compelled to bring politics into the forum? Hope the rest of your life isn't controlled by your politics. You need to see a shrink about your problem as YOU ARE ONE SICK PUPPY!!! Politics inserted into every corner of your life...Could be Sanders, Warren, or whomever, the name doesn't matter....GET A LIFE!!!

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Tracy Moorhead
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1 year ago

Sharpie stains are so hard to remove!!!

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Lina B.
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1 year ago

Snazzy

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Why?
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1 year ago

Guess who's coming to dinner?

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According to the artist, building his miniatures is a lot like building an actual house: “After I have a solidified design, the construction process begins. When building my pieces, I use many tools similar to those of building something full-sized, except they have been scaled down to accommodate the pieces I make such as a table saw the size of a show box or a hand saw made specifically to cut tiny hair sized details into wood.”

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JeffC
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1 year ago

THING!!!!! Gomez would be proud of you right now:-D

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Miss D
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1 year ago

What, no real candles?

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Doctor who?!
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1 year ago

Wwow why does that kook wrong...

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Chris fell in love with constructing miniatures just over 20 years ago. He revealed that he's “always” been fascinated by them.

“I remember going to Disneyland as a child and being totally fascinated with the miniature buildings along the Storybook Canal Ride. About that same time, I discovered the world of dollhouse miniatures and I loved the idea of being able to build these tiny creations myself.”

“I began with kits that I would find at local hobby stores and eventually moved onto creating my own designs,” he said.

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Hermione Granger
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1 year ago

If only school bathrooms were this good.

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Tiffany Hargrove
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1 year ago

I do love the napkin rings. That is extremely detailed!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 year ago

Beautiful stairway and doors!

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However, he kept his miniature work a secret for a long, long time, telling only his closest friends and family members about it.

“Although I had always pursued the arts as a career option, I never imagined it would be my miniatures that would take me there. Over time, miniatures became my favorite art form because it encompassed every medium I loved to work with. From woodworking, painting, interior design to art history...making miniatures had it all.”

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Audrey Wegman
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1 year ago

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is that a pc or no?

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Canada crazy
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1 year ago

wow realistic

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Freya Lee
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1 year ago

How does he make those tiny pipes?

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But what about the people who’d like to follow in his footsteps? What friendly tips does Chris have for prospective miniature enthusiasts?

“I think anyone can find something they love within the world of miniature making. It’s a form of art that allows you to have something in your hands that maybe you wouldn't be able to have in real life,” he stated.

“For me, it was my love of historic architecture. Creating miniature replicas of historic rooms gave me a chance to hold a piece of history in my hands and see it with my own eyes. “

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

It reminds me of Rene Magritte when something is way out of proportion.

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Spikey Bunny
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1 year ago

Finally one with a tiny towel

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Seabeast
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1 year ago

Love the tiny gravity furnace duct!

“When people ask me how they can get into this hobby, I always tell them to follow the path that I did. Beginning with hobby store kits. This allowed me to first experiment with working on a small scale and to become familiar with building small and develop that ‘Miniature Eye’ that allows you to visualize in your mind how you would transform a full-sized object or room into miniature.”

Chris said that the biggest piece of advice he can give anyone is “to just have fun.”

“With miniatures, the possibilities are truly endless and you're only limited by your own imagination.”

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SirPatTheCat
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1 year ago

I actually stayed in a castle in Italy that kinda looked like this and had that exact same chair!!

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Hańka
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1 year ago

Every work presented here is so beautiful, so precise, full of astonishing beauty!

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2WheelTravlr
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1 year ago

I wonder how he creates these tiles, they look so perfectly realistic.

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Freya Lee
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1 year ago

wow

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Marilou Foster
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1 year ago

Wow

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Canada crazy
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1 year ago

as the BFG (big friendly giant) takes you from your window

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 year ago

I love this bathroom!

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Hunter Showers
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1 year ago

wow

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Jill Tibbetts Tuley
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1 year ago

ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING/MAGNIFICENT!!! Such perfection, every detail complete! I saw something similar in 1967 or perhaps 1968 when we took a school trip to the museums on the lakefront in Chicago. This is the only other work of this kind that I have had the pleasure of seeing. THANK YOU, and the child in me thanks you as well.

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