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Old 06-21-07, 04:11 PM   #1
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Crazy small sculptures

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=3297372
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I watched that story on ABC the other night. This guy,by hand (yes that was by hand), carves sculptures out of single grains of sand, that fit inside the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin.
He just sold his life's work for millions, making his sculptures, by weight, one of the most valuable substances on earth. His work is insane, I'm mesmerized.



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http://www.willard-wigan.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Wigan
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Old 06-21-07, 04:22 PM   #2
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Holy cowabunga!

What does he use to carve them so small? A laser?
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Wigan uses tiny, homemade tools to carve his sculptures out of grains of rice or sugar, and paints them with a hair plucked from a housefly's back. He said he has to work between heartbeats to avoid hand tremors.

"Now underneath a microscope those tremors become an earthquake," he said.
I'd like to hear more about the tools. They may be even more impressive than the sculptures in terms of an accomplishment.
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Holy cowabunga!

What does he use to carve them so small? A laser?
Homemade tools, a clamp like those fly fishers use to tie flies, a binocular dissecting scope, and a steady hand. He paints them with a hair he plucks from the back of a house fly, and moves them about with static electricity from a few fibers of wool. He accidently inhaled his "Alice in Wonderland" sculpture.

{edit** you beat me to it.
There is a link to the vid of the story they ran last night on the ABC link.
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