Willard Wigan Makes the Smallest Handmade Sculpture in History…In a Piece of Beard Stubble

Using a single hollowed out piece of his own beard stubble, microscopy artist Willard Wigan has created the world’s smallest sculpture. Under the microscope he turned a tiny flake of gold into a motorbike and inserted it into the 0.0035inch piece of stubble. With patience, dexterity, and extreme focus, Wigan has to hold his breath and make his movements between heartbeats. He challenges himself to make each fragile, miniature masterpieces more detailed and smaller than the previous ones. He has created several sculptures in the eye of a needle, but this beard stubble one gives a whole new meaning to the word tiny.

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Miniature Masterpieces: Microscopic Sculptures

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They say that patience is a virtue, but the amount of patience that it would take Nikolai Aldunin to sculpt these microscopic masterpieces should qualify him for sainthood. The Russian creative uses his 1985 microscope to sculpt accurate replicas of guns, tanks, bicycles and even a saddle with stirrups for a flea. According to TIME Aldunin works between the beats of his heart to keep his hands still using superglue, syringes, and toothpicks to create his miniatures. Aldunin offers advice for this line of work: “You musn’t get into a state of worry. Everything that you feel in your soul is transmitted to your hands.” Unfortunately, even after all of his hard work, there’s not a very big market for sculptures that can only be seen with a microscope.

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