Microscopic Miniature By Nikolai Aldunin

I have a question to all of you. Can you put a camel through the eye of a needle? It’s a simple question, but I think no can answer this except a Russian man called Nikolai Aldunin. Actually, I had written a hub related with mini sculpture. We called it a micro sculpture. You can read my hub with a title “Willard Wigan, the man behind the smallest sculpture in the world”. He is amazing sculptor who dedicated his life to make a beautiful art creation. It’s unusual artwork, because not all of us can do this. How do we make something in microscopic size? We need a high level of accuracy and high level of concentration. Of course, it’s difficult for us to achieve such this precision. We need a microscope to see the detail of the microscopic art creation. Personally, this is this very difficult and interesting craft as well.

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The first time I saw the microscopic miniature, I said “wow” and “wow” and makes me speechless. We can call this a microminiature art. I found a great artist from Russia and many people call him as a master of microminiature. His name is Nikolai Aldunin. We know that there are several streams in sculpture. But microminiature give me a new spirit to find out more about the man behind the beautiful art creation like this one. From this hub, let me introduce a Russian artist recorded for his microscopic art described as “masterpieces”. Beautiful art created by working between the beats of the heart, Nikolai Aldunin created masterpieces "so tiny". It can only be seen through a microscope lens…..”wow”…amazing. I can’t even begin to imagine how he does all his works and about the patience in making such of wonderful tiny miniature. Can you make your hand steady to create one of these miniature masterpieces? I think one breath could destroy the work, right! Curious…please continue to read!

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Up close and personal with Nikolai Aldunin

Nikolai Aldunin was born on September 1, 1956 in South Village Lamovatka Voroshilovgrad region, Russia. From the history of life, he fell in love with metallurgy from his childhood. Growing up he decide to dive deeper into metal and also all the secret of its. He had experience worked as a metal turner at the same Tula region plant for 25 years. He quit his job and decided to start his career as microscopic sculptor which is very difficult for common people. Eventually creating these miniatures make him famous around the world. He works only with a microscope. I heard that almost of his pieces have been sold, even there are some pieces of his work that are simply priceless. The rest of his masterpieces will be placed in a new museum being built for Nikolai in Moscow. Creating the master of miniatures, Aldunin works between the beats of his heart, in order to keep his hands perfectly stable. If something goes wrong, Aldunin decided to start all over again. He usually used superglue, toothpicks and also syringes. Because of all his creations so tiny, a microscope is needed to see them. He also said that everything in his soul is transmitted to his hands.

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He took six months to create 34 replicas in tiny scales which is just 1.625 millimeters long. He usually worked at night. He also wore headscarf and mask to prevent his breath from blowing the fragile parts. The most stressful section is keeping his fingers trembled with every heartbeat. He said that he needed to earn money, but he think that he's doing what he want, and it's great. Sometimes he need took breaks by watching cars from the balcony in the eastern Moscow dormitory suburb of Novokosino. It's a good way to relax his eyes after worked long nights. Just information, Aldunin inherited this apartment. Another story came from the assault rifle. He said that he lost the gun's butt after working on it for two weeks and he could not find it. But, he decided to start all over again.

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Some of his masterpieces

Gun on a Matchstick

He spent weeks tirelessly melding a small model of an AK-47 or commonly called "Kalashnikov" (about six months). It’s the post-war weapon famously designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov (Soviet lieutenant general). AK-47 replica assembled from 34 separate parts and made by the pure gold. It’s amazing art creation and unusual which is smaller than the width of an ordinary matchstick.

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Needle eyes of Tuodui

A group of camel’s miniature and arrange them in a thin needle's eyes with height of between 0.08 mm to 0.1 mm, the material used is platinum. The idea to make camel's carvings was inspired by the biblical. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:23-24). It was taken from http://www.kencollins.com.

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Tiny Tank

This sculpture is the replica of the Soviet T-34 tank. The background is a cross-section of the apple seed split in half and described as perfect copy of the real vehicle. It composed of more than 200 pieces and made of pure gold.

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Russian Samovar

It is a heated metal container traditionally used to boil water in Russia. The miniature of teapot rests on a needle next to a grain of sugar. The replica of a Russian samovar that's smaller than a granule of sugar.

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Tiny mechanical flea

The miniature inspired by a famous Russian tale about Levsha (in a story by 19th-century writer Nikolai Leskov). Aldunin is able to put horseshoes on a flea. He also completed his work with four golden shoes, three nails, saddle and stirrups as well. He convinced that his work is better than the work on display at the Polytechnical Museum, in Moscow. If they have two shoes, but Aldinun has four.

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Great Master

Aldinun engraved a portrait of Leo Tolstoy on a grain of rice. Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories.

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I hope all of you enjoy this hub and we can learn about the spirit of Aldunin in making such of wonderful art work and all of them are totally awesome. Maybe we can interpret the meaning of " the achievement of the purposes of human life depends on the will: the higher the goal, the greater the desire".

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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

this is a very cool subject, and a great hub!!!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, carolina muscle. Thank you very much for coming and share your interest with microscopic miniature. Take care!

Prasetio


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

prasetio30. Wow is right. This is amazing. How on earth does he do this? Very, very interesting. VU, sharing etc.... Great job.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Well prasetio you have outdone yourself here.

From way back you set yourself a high standard with your hubs and I can sincerely tell you today that you have not disappointed once.

I vote up,across and share.

A wonderful hub and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, what intricate and fascinating work! The photos are beautiful. Thank you for another interesting Hub. : )


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

Totally incredible - as always!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Fantastic as always. It is so wonderful we have those that do this sort of thing for our entertainment and more so we have you friend to bring it to our attention. Up and sharing.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Amazing!!! And beautiful! I've seen some things similar to this, but never as lovely and not quite as detailed. Thanks for sharing!


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You find such amazing things to write about, Prasetio! Your hub is very interesting, just like all your hubs. I loved the photos of the art. I greatly admire Nikolai Aldunin's skill and determination. It was interesting to hear him talking in Russian in the video.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Prasetio, This is another amazing hub. The Golden tiny tank is beautiful. I don't know how you manage to find these gems, happy that you did..Thank you again....


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

prasetio - This Aldunin fellow really thinks big about making small - and ever so small. This is a fine article about something not often seen or written about. Thanks.

Gus :-)))


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, bdegiulio. Thank you very much for coming. The world filled with very talented people like Aldunin. I hope we can learn from the spirit of patience and thoroughness. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend. Eddy. Thank you very much for your compliment to this hub. I hope you always enjoy my hubs, including this one. God bless you :-)

Big hug, Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome. vespawoolf . Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Cheers...Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, acaetnna. I always wait your coming. Thanks for smiling. Take care, ~prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Jackie Lynnley. Thank you very much for stopping by and share wonderful comment. I hope this hub entertain you. I always appreciate your vote. Have a good day!

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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Marcy Goodfleisch. I am so happy to see you here. The first impression of Aldunin's work is the detail. So, I agree with you. Take care !

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Alicia. I can see your smile here and your attention to all my hubs, including this one. I am glad to see you here. Have a nice day! Cheers....Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Ruby. I am so happy to see you again and I reading beautiful comment about this hub. It's more than jewelry, but it's more prestigious. Take care! ~prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, GusTheRedneck. Thank you very much for coming and I am glad you enjoy this hub. I hope can find another talented person like Nilokai Aldunin. See you.....~prasetio


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sen.sush23 3 years ago from Kolkata, India

Presentio, this was a wonderful hub. Not only for the writing of it but for the rewarding peep at the photographs of the miniature works. The little golden tank and all the others are just inconceivable by ordinaries like me. Thanks for sharing. Just to let you know, in my childhood, in the local Book fair, which is now quite famed as the International Kolkata Book Fair, we used to come upon young artists, who would paint out your name, or your friends name, and roses or hearts etc. on little grains of rice and put them into small ring cases as keep sake or gifts, particularly for the Valentines of those days. I still retain one with my name on it, given by a friend. Voted up.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Wow, prasetio...wow, and wow. You said it and I concur. These are a m a z i n g... I cannot imagine the patience and talent that it must take to create something this detailed in such a tiny size.

thank you for sharing these creative works of art with us

:) ps


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Amazing! So glad that many of his works are going to end up in a museum where more people can view them. I can't even imagine the steadiness of his hands and skill that it would take to create such tiny masterpieces! Up votes and am very happy to have read about this talented artist thanks to you.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What patience and dexterity Nikolai Aldunin must possess to create these imaginative, wondrous micro-miniatures, pras. Thank you for the introduction to this talented artist and his works. The photos are fascinating and the camels in the eye of the needle - unbelievable! Voted Up, my friend.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I never knew anyone was doing sculpture with a microscope. Who would even think of it? Truly interesting and unique. sharing with my followers.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Think of the patience this man must have .... incredible!


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

I always marvel at the wonderful hubs that you bring us. Thank you so very much.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, sen.sush23.Welcome to my hub and I am glad to see you here. Thanks for share about your childhood experience where you met an artist who can paint on the little grains of rice. It must be a wonderful art work and unusual as well. I really appreciate your vote. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, pstraubie48. I am proud to share this hub to you and I am glad you enjoy it. The patience is a number in making such of beautiful art like this one. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Peggy. I agree with you that we need the steadiness of the hands and the skill too. Thanks for reading and I am glad you liked it. Your vote always appreciated here. Cheers....~prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My dear, drbj. Thank you very much for coming and your attention to Aldunin's work. He is very talented artist. The camels in the eye of the needle is my favorite as well. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My uncle, dahoglund. Good to see you here and I hope you entertained with the Aldunin's talent through this hub. He has a plan to register all his work to Guiness World Record. See you....~prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Susan. Patience is the main factor in creating microscopic miniature and he had passed everything very well. Cheers....Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, acaetnna. Thank you very much for always give your smile on my hubs, including this one. I am so happy to share this hub to you.

Big hug, Prasetio


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Once again, Prasetio, you have found a fascinating subject for your article. This man's work is incredible. What steady hands he must have and a keen eye for detail. Thanks for presenting this artist and his interesting creations.

Peg


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Congratulations...the others will come quickly for sure...Awesome :) :)


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Fascinating Pras! I like what he said how everything in his soul is transmitted through his hands! He is work is mind boggling! Thank you for showing us another curiosity of mankind! Take care, Kathi :O)


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Used to wonder how they put a ship in a bottle but this is something else altogether from Mr Aluudin. He really has put a camel through the eye of a needle. Fantastic talent and discovery for us, thank you pras- Up she goes!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This is so clever. I wouldn't even have the patience or the calm hand to do these, how amazing! wonderful hub pras!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Amazing! It is hard to imagine such a tiny piece of art! I enjoyed reading about this and the photos were incredible! Thanks for sharing. UP/A/I and sharing.


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Really incredible and amazing! I hope his eyes won't get much strain as he painstakingly create those masterpieces. His talent and patience are really unbelievable. Excellent photos! Up and interesting. :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is exemplary work by the master creator my friend. your hubs are really unique. Has this master creator been awarded any prize or award by his country?

voted up and awesome.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, PegCole17. I am glad to know that you love this hub. The detail of microscopic art makes the Aldunin"s work looks so beautiful. Thank you very much for coming. Take care!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome. pstraubie48. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy this hub. Have a good day! Cheers....Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Kathi (Fossillady). I am proud to share this hub to you. I hope we can learn about the spirit of the artist. A peace of mind as one the factor why he can do all of these by himself. Thank you very much.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, Alastar Packer. Thanks to remind me about the ship miniature inside the bottle. I think we know about this very often. But the microscopic miniature is totally different. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Nell Rose. Thanks for stopping by and your attention to Aldunin's work. I agree with you that he's so clever. No wonder his creation so amazing. Cheers...~Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Denise Handlon. Welcome to my hub. I am glad you enjoy the information of microscopic art. Thanks for the vote. I really appreciate that. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi. iguidenetwork. I am glad to see you here. Thank you very much for coming and your beautiful comment about Aldunin's work. Of course, he need some rests. "Sometimes he need took breaks by watching cars from the balcony in the eastern Moscow dormitory suburb of Novokosino. It's a good way to relax his eyes after worked long nights." you can read about this above. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Brother, rajan jolly. Thanks for coming and your compliment about my unique hub. The rest of his masterpieces will be placed in a new museum being built for Nikolai in Moscow. I think it's kind of award for him. I always love your vote. Cheers.....~Prasetio


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Prasetio,

Oh how many wonderful articles I have missed and will try to catch up on as time permits...

This is a fascinating artist who is able to do the seemingly impossible with patience and amazing dexterity. Thank you for sharing such gifts with us. Voted UP and UABI.

Hugs, Maria


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Wow, awesome images. Didn't realize it could be done, let alone exist! Voted it up and awesome. : )


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Maria (marcoujor). Thanks for stopping by and your compliment to my hub. My door is always opened for you. I really appreciate your vote. Take care and have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, dreamseeker2 . Welcome to my hub. I hope you enjoy the microscopic miniature by Aldunin. Thanks for the vote. Take care!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This is a very interesting topic about an amazing man. The pictures are awesome. I didn't think it could be done. Voted up and awesome.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Pamela. Thank you very much for coming and I am glad you love this information. Your vote are much appreciated here. God bless you :-)

Prasetio


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Another fascinating hub prasetio - this work is amazing!

Wonderful, thank you and voted up!


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Your welcome, Lesley (Movie Master). Thank you very much for coming and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care! ~prasetio


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

What an interesting hub!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, AudreyHowitt. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care and have a good day!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What amazing work. I didn’t think this was possible. How does he achieve this painstakingly meticulous and creative art? Fascinating hub, prasetio.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Genna East. Thank you very much for coming and your attention to this hub. I am glad you enjoy reading this hub. Take care!


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Redberry Sky 3 years ago

As others have said ... just Wow! - for both the Hub and the amazing tiny sculptures of the man you're writing about. Astonishingly good article - voted up and across.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Redberry Sky for coming to this hub. I am glad you enjoy it. Good to see you here. Take care!

Prasetio


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Just like you said Pras "wow and wow." Thank you for sharing this wonderful work.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Sharyn's Slant. I am glad you love my work. Thanks for coming. Cheers......Prasetio


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Once again you've wowed us with some amazing stuff. I love the camels! And I love to read your hubs, Prasetio, you really know how to present some awesome information.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Dolores Monet . Thank you very much for coming and I am glad you love my work. I hope I never disappoint you. Take care and have a good day!

Prasetio


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

Wow this is incredible and totally amazing. Completely fascinating - you have just done it again! Had to come back to read this again!!


Derdriu 3 years ago

Prasetio30, In particular, I love the flea -- since they can be such a challenge to look so beautiful in reproduction -- and the portrait of Leo Tolstoy, whose writings I respect.

Shared.

Respectfully, and with many thanks and all the votes, Derdriu


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, acaetnna. Thank you very much for coming. I am glad you enjoy reading this hub. My door always open for you. Take care!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Derdriu. Welcome back to my hub. Thank you very much for coming and choose your favorite. Take care and have a good day!

Prasetio


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I have never seen anything quite like this. How amazingly small! I think it's neat that he made the camels to fit in the eye of the needle. I can't imagine having the patience he must have. Thanks for sharing this! Voted up and others!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Victoria. I am so happy to see you here and I know that you love this hub as well. Thanks for the vote. Take care!

Prasetio


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

What an amazing art, to build miniatures so tiny that some of them can fit through the eye of a needle! I can't imagine the meticulous precision this requires. As always, you draw attention to the most unique and amazing things! Voted up and shared.


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ellesvoice 3 years ago from Queen Creek

Wow, indeed! This man's talent is absolutely awe-inspiring! Without seeing it in this article, I wouldn't have believed that it was possible for such tiny miniatures to be made.

Thank you so much for taking the time to research Nikolai Aldunin and share his wonderful art with us at HubPages!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Stephanie Henkel . I am so happy to see you here. Thanks for coming and your attention to the detail of Aldunin's work. No wonder that he got many compliments. I always love your vote. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome. ellesvoice. I am glad you love my research about Nikolai Aldunin. I hope we can learn together about his motivation. He's very talented indeed. Have a good day :-)

Prasetio


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

WOW this is amazing. How does he do this, he must have very steady hands. They are just incredible.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Rosemay50. I am glad you love this. I think Nikolai Aldunin has everything to make microscopic miniature. Steady hands are part of the process. Thank you very much. God bless you :-)

Prasetio


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Superb Prasetio!

How different, I love the creativity this genius shows. The microscopic sizes are incredible, what a talent! Great intro to this man and his work, all the votes, sharing and pinned!


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

This is utterly fantastic. Once again you have broadened my horizons. Voted up, interesting and awesome.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Suzie HQ. Thank you very much for coming and voted this hub. I am glad you love the Aldunin work as your appreciation the detail of amazing microscopic miniature. Cheers....

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, POP. Thanks for reading and your compliment to my hub. I am glad you enjoy it. Take care :-)


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GetitScene 3 years ago from The High Seas

It's a wonder that anyone has the ability to be able to do this kind of tiny work.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, GetitScene. Thanks for your appreciation to this hub. That's why I love to share everything about "small things" even the microscopic things like Nikolai Aldunin works. Have a wonderful day :-)

Prasetio

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