Cheese, Gromit? Santa's sleigh, Mickey Mouse and a famous Wensleydale-loving twosome... all modelled from Babybel wax
- Mitchell McLanaghan, of Newcastle, uses Babybel wax to create striking models with painstaking detail
- Using the red wrappers, the 32-year-old's impressive portfolio includes everything from Disney to Star Wars
- Other creations include Red Dwarf and Lord of the Rings characters, fruit and vegetables and even Halloween
- Mitchell was diagnosed with a high spectrum of autism aged nine and attended a number of special schools
His eye-catching sculptures have got people waxing lyrical.
For 20 years, Mitchell McLanaghan has turned his hand to producing striking models with painstaking detail... out of Babybel cheese wax.
Using the red wrappers, the 32-year-old's impressive portfolio includes everything from Disney, Star Wars, Red Dwarf and Lord of the Rings characters, to fruit and vegetables, Halloween, Christmas and Easter scenes.
And his work has earned him a legion of fans bewildered by his creations.
Mitchell, who lives near Newcastle city centre, was diagnosed with a high spectrum of autism when aged around nine and attended a number of special schools.
Mitchell McLanaghan uses Babybel cheese wax to create these stunning models in painstaking detail. Here, he has created Wallace and Gromit
His family have helped to start a Facebook page, Mitchell's Marvellous Models, to help promote his work, including this model of Mickey Mouse
His stunning creations draw inspiration from a wide range of sources. This model is of Father Christmas in his sleigh being pulled along by his reindeers
Using the red wrappers, the 32-year-old's impressive portfolio includes everything from Disney to Star Wars. This one is Halloween themed
When he was 12, he started making models out of Babybel wax and his creations grew.
His first one was of a 'stick man', complete with skeleton and organs.
Over the years, he has made Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Wallace and Gromit, the characters and Starbug shuttle-craft from Red Dwarf, and Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
Some of the models can take days to create while small ones can just take 20 minutes.
Mitchell says it takes a lot of wax to build the models - six pieces would only be enough to make a small ball - so he often makes sculptures and then dismantles them to re-use the wax.
To help, his family and friends are constantly collecting wrappers for him - and he has even had material donated by fans. Babybel itself sent him a package of cheese.
The firm wrote a letter to him saying: 'We were exceptionally impressed by all the marvellous models you've made using Mini Babybel wax. So we've enclosed a little something from us to help you to continue making your amazing creations.'
Mitchell collects the wax, scrunches it in his hands and rolls it to make different models. The heat from his hands helps him to mould the wax.
He then uses small tools to carve the fine details.
His family have helped to start a Facebook page, Mitchell's Marvellous Models, to help promote his work.
Mitchell, who lives near Newcastle city centre, was diagnosed with a high spectrum of autism when aged around nine and attended a number of special schools
Mitchell's weird and wonderful works have attracted a large fanbase
Mitchell first started making the models when he was 12 and since then his hobby has grown. Some of the models can take days to create while small ones can just take 20 minutes
They regularly showcase his creations on Facebook and Twitter, and his talent has already been acknowledged by actor Robert Llewellyn, who plays Kryten in Red Dwarf, as well as Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit.
His sister Margaret, 37, said: 'All of us are always buying Babybel so we can give Mitchell the wax. It's always in our shopping carts. But he needs a lot more and people who like his models have started sending donations.
'We even had a package sent from Alaska.'
She said the whole family, including his mum and brothers, were proud of Mitchell.
'Mitchell has autism and he's on a very high spectrum. He needs assistance with everything in everyday life, from personal grooming and dressing to social awareness,' she said.
'But when you see what he can do, it really blows you away. We've always thought his work is amazing - it's absolutely incredible.
'He makes a lot of the models from memory and only looks at the pictures now and then to check he is on the right path. And the fine detail is fantastic.
'Mitchell thrives from what he does. He would really love to do something big and would be more than happy to create sculptures for firms or other groups. His dream is to produce his own cartoons.'
Mitchell has been invited to display his work at the Gateshead Comic-Con due to take place at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead on April 8.
Mitchell collects the wax, scrunches it in his hands and rolls it to make different models. The heat from his hands helps him to mould the wax
Babybel wrote a letter to Mitchell telling him they were 'exceptionally impressed' by his models. Here, he has molded the wax into Disney favourite Goofy
Mitchell says it takes a lot of wax to build the models - six pieces would only be enough to make a small ball - so he often makes sculptures and then dismantles them to re-use the wax
Mitchell and his family have been inundated with messages of support from around the world. This model is of Bugs Bunny
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