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.

These Miniature Jewelry Box Dioramas Put The Traditional Shoebox Dioramas to Shame

Remember transforming a shoe box into a scene from history or a class novel back in your elementary school days? Well there is an amazing artist who has taken the elementary creativity up a notch and down a size to create jewelry box dioramas. Working out of his studio in Toronto, Canada, Canadian-Trinidadian artist TALWST creates mixed media and performance arts that explore art history and cultural contrast. These dioramas, though tiny, carry big messages as well as political commentary. The one featured above is called “Execution of Michael Brown”.

This Miniature Food Will Make Your Mouth Water, Even Though It Could Never Satisfy Your Appetite

Cooking channels are a dime a dozen, but not many people could reproduce the magnificent feat of cooking real food, small enough for a Barbie doll to eat. Though it’s doubtful Barbie would even eat if she could, Miniature Space will have your mouth watering while your jaw is dropped, so you might want to have a napkin ready to catch the puddle of drool. With miniature kitchen appliances, pots, knives, utensils, and food, Miniature Space uses tea lights in their iron stove to heat up tiny cast iron pans or kettles.

These Dioramas Look Real… Until the Artist Puts His Hand in the Shot

If you’ll humor me, I’d like to call these tiny dioramasminiature miniatures.” Japanese artist Satoshi Araki’s teeny tiny models are rich in detail, so much in fact, that they look like reality when captured under his careful lighting. But then he puts his finger in the shot and their true scale is revealed. Impressive.

These Tiny, Adorable, Embroidered Animals Are Done Freehand

Imagine spending 2-3 weeks to create something not much larger than a sewing thimble. That’s often how long it takes Oxford-based artist Chloe Giordano to design, plan, and embroider each of her tiny animals. With multiple shades of each thread color as well as using 2 different types of thread- embroidery and sewing- she achieves a depth and texture that give a realistic feel to each creature. The already adorable and peaceful forest animals look even cuter in this teeny tiny size.

On the Rocks: Miniature Ice Sculptures Make Drinking Whiskey Even Cooler

Whiskey on the rocks is a classy gentleman’s drink, but Japanese liquor company has upped the classiness to a whole new level with these new fancy ice sculptures. With astronauts, space ships, architecture, and a miniature sculpture of Michelangelo’s David for your ice cube, drinking whiskey just got cooler. To create the miniature 3d Rocks sculptures, Suntory Whisky used computer modeling to design each cube then let a precision drill handle the carving of the ice. While this project was for an ad campaign this time, I look forward to the day that ice carving machines are found in local bars.

The Tiniest Sandcastles In the World: Etched On A Single Grain of Sand

Most sand castles require millions of grains of sand, but these microscopic masterpieces require only one. Artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho have found a way to etch awe-inspiring castles measuring less than half a millimeter in length onto a single grain of sand. A complete 180 from Muniz’ previous works that were massive drawings that required a birds eye view from a helicopter to realize, he wanted to make something that was “miniature and monumental.”

Eyelids Become a Canvas for Miniature Masterpieces

With an abundance of makeup art tutorials on YouTube anyone with an interest can learn how to glam it up, but it takes more than just the perfect blending brush to accomplish this level of make-up art. Israeli Tal Peleg, who also goes by the name Scarlet Moon, takes the term “makeup artist” to the next level as she transforms the eyelid into a miniature canvas for her creative paintings. From a bundle of sushi resting atop a thick lined blue eye to a curved eyelid that is the perfect wave for a family of ducks to ride, to Breaking Bad’s Heisenberg on the lid with eyelashes for a mustache and a hat among the brow, Peleg utilizes the eye’s natural shape and features to complete each work.

Broccoli Lawns and Cupcake Sledding: Photographer Christopher Boffoli Plays With His Food

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Seattle photographer, Christopher Boffoli, is widely known for his series of work called Big Appetites. Using food as a prop in his photographic storytelling, the images show an affection for the miniature and the playful. The work is significantly more evolved than the airplane spoon of dinner that is “coming in for a landing” in a baby’s mouth, but perhaps both share the concept of bridging food and play. The photos create imaginary worlds and alternate realities. It’s a world where broccoli can becomes a lawn and spaghetti can become a car wash.

Realistic Street Scenes Created Using Model Cars, Forced-Perspective and a $250 Point & Shoot Camera

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Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember.