Touching Memorial Miniatures of Pets Offer Comfort to Grieving Pet Parents
The talented artist creates tiny felted sculptures of pets, particularly popular with pawrents whose furballs have passed.
It’s never easy when the time comes for your four-legged companion to go over the Rainbow Bridge. However, there are ways that can help you cope with your pet’s passing; some people find it easier when they have someone to share their sorrows with, such as a pet loss support group, while others find solace in their surviving pets. Lucy Francis’ customers, though, find comfort in immortalizing their beloved fur baby in the form of a strikingly beautiful miniature.
Lucy Francis of Designer Dog Miniatures became an artist two decades ago- but she’s been a dog lover her whole life. In fact, she herself says that it was precisely her love for animals what steered her towards a career in the arts.
“Loving, understanding, and observing dogs all of my life has given me a perspective into their unique facial features, personalities, and honest quirks”, the Hastings-based miniaturist writes on her website. Her specialty are scale miniature dog and cat reproductions- although she has made other animals as well. To create a faithful portrait of your furry family member, Francis uses materials such as German glass eyes, alpaca, silk, or cashmere.
More often than not, though, pet parents send her the pets own hair to be felted in the miniature: this way, they can keep a piece of their pet forever with them, and not just metaphorically speaking.
Of course, it is not just the memorial miniatures that can be ordered. A lot of people wants to have a replica of their pet for the pure artistry of these needle-felted figurines. Whether you’re a miniature enthusiast and hobbyist, want to proudly display your precious pet scaled representation or give a thoughtful and unique gift to a fellow pet parent, you’re in the market for these astonishing miniatures.
As for the price tag for something this beautifully made, it will all depend on the complexity of the project. Lucy Francis’ miniatures can cost from $300 to $2400. The fact that you get to have a miniature version of your four-legged companion, though, is priceless.