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The Worlds Amazing Micro Artists

Updated on December 20, 2017
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Stacie l is an artist and photographer and has a deep appreciation for the creative soul of all humans.

Micro sculpture art

The term miniature conjures images of everyday items made on a very small scale, such as those made for doll houses. I collect small items that are made very well. To tell if the miniature were made well, take a photo of it. No one should be able to tell it's size; it should look just like a normal sized object.

Now imagine someone making something so small that you cannot see it with the naked eye! Micro miniaturists is not a common everyday term. In fact, I'll bet 90% of the public will admit to never hearing that term.

I've discovered artists that carve and sculpt items so small that you need a magnifying glass or even a microscope to view them ! These tiny works of art take many months to complete.

Sculpting and carving is a talent that only some people have and many try to do. Traditional sculpting or carving is done with stone, granite, clay or wood. But what about metal?

Pencil Point carver, Dalton Ghetti and Willards Wigan's needle eye art are examples of micro sculpture art.

Here are a few of the best in their field in the world. You'll be amazed by their work

Dalton Ghetti the artist
Dalton Ghetti the artist
Dalton Ghetti's pencil art
Dalton Ghetti's pencil art

Pencil Point Carvings

Pencil point sculpting is the incredibly intricate carving of the pencil point. The craftsmen painstakingly carves a sculpture out of this extremely small area-- no bigger than a 1/4 of an inch or smaller.

Can you imagine someone being able to carve a pencil point? It's incredible that someone could, and without a magnifying glass.

Emigrating from Brazil in 1985, he works as a carpenter in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The artist's name is Dalton Ghetti and he's been perfecting his art for 25 years. Funny, how I'd never heard of him till now.

You'd think that someone with this level of skill would be famous and on the national news but he works quietly and diligently on his craft.

The human imagination is very fertile and creative. Some people must be busy creating something all the time. Pencils are very useful but sculpting on the point of a pencil seems impossible, but not for this man.

Try carving something on your pencils to see the level of skill involved.

Snow White in the eye of a needle
Snow White in the eye of a needle

A British citizen, Willard Wigan, is famous in his own right. He too, makes micro miniatures that fit in the eye of a needle. He uses a fly's hair and a powerful microscope to help him create, which often takes three months to finish. Willard is best known for creating with grains of sand and rice.

Do you think you have the patience to create such a micro miniature?

Maybe you can learn to use a microscope like Willard does by watching him work and describes the process in the video above.

Fleas with tiny tools by Willard Wagin
Fleas with tiny tools by Willard Wagin
a micro mini pyramid and camels by Willard Wagin
a micro mini pyramid and camels by Willard Wagin
A,Schiller "Lords Prayer"
A,Schiller "Lords Prayer"

Prisoner art

On the head of a Pin

An artist that was incarcerated was a Sing Sing convict named A. Schiller. In the late 1880's he passed the time creating extremely tiny writings such as the Lords Prayer etched on the head of a pin.

He had a lot of time on his hands and since he was a former forger, had the skills and patience to create these little masterpieces. It's said he went blind due to his pastime.

The piece is owned by retired businessman, Jules Charbneau of Mount Clemens, Michigan.

Anatolij konenko's work
Anatolij konenko's work

Astonishing Microscopic Art.

The next micro mini artist is Anatolij Konenko, born in Omsk, Siberia. He is known in his part of the world as one of the finest micro miniaturist with works in the eyes of needles, tiny animals on mosquito legs, and tiny whole books smaller than a coin. Most of his work is in the Museum of Miniatures in Prague, Romania.

Just remember, one needs to use a microscope to view and enjoy his works.

tiny chess set
tiny chess set

Another eastern European by the name of Nikolai S. Syadristy, lives in the Ukraine and he worked with gold to create his little gems. Born in 1937, his little works were strictly done as a hobby.

Syadristy's work is seen in exhibits all over the world. He is said to have the smallest works of any of the micro artists!

It's not known how he created his work but a microscope is needed to enjoy them, as well.

Summary of Microminiaturists

So are you now inspired to create some micro sculptures like these artists? All you need is a lot of patience and creativity.

The artists I presented in this article are a few of the more well known in the world. Their work is created on the smallest of scales and almost impossible to duplicate. It is reasonable to assume that for one to create these micro mini works, you would have to be incredibly patient, committed and organized.

In this rush about world with our need for instant gratification, it's good to know there are some art forms that still defy modern ways.

Maybe you'll be the next amazing micro miniaturist to make amazingly tiny artwork too!

© 2010 Stacie L


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  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment on my worlds amazing micro artists hub Alexander!

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    Alexander James Guckenberger 

    3 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

    This is amazing!!!

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    8 years ago

    It's incredible how any of these micro artists can create such beautiful work in that minuscule scale. Thank you for telling me about another micro artist. Too bad he hurt his vision doing what he loved.

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    8 years ago

    I was in Mayfair, London, last year and saw an exhibition by micro-artist Graham Short. This guy was unbelievable. He can engrave on the sharp edge of a razor blade. His work is so small that it can only be seen under a powerful microscope. I heard later that the strain of doing this has left him almost blind. Brilliant Guy.

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    Retailrich: thank you for reading and commenting about the Micro art hub. it's nice to be appreciated. ;-)

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    9 years ago

    This was fascinating, but I wonder if, or how these people make a living at this. Voting up, Another winner from Stacie! No Surprise for me .

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    10 years ago

    manna in the wild; yes, i agree!

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    Manna in the wild 

    10 years ago from Australia


  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    10 years ago

    thanks Kaie Arwen for your comments.

    i know I couldn't do this..

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    Kaie Arwen 

    10 years ago

    Fascinating.................. I love the pencil point sculpting......... the hand eye coordination and fine motor skills required to even attempt this type of art would be immeasurable! Thanks for this........... I enjoyed!

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    10 years ago

    Mike Lickteig; this is amazing to me that there are people in the world who can have this much patience and determination to create these tiny treasures. :)

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    Mike Lickteig 

    10 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

    This was an amazing article, Stacie! I had heard somewhere about artists with microscopic creations, but never had seen photos of them. This is fantastic, and I will confess their creation would take far more patience than I could ever muster. I am sometimes frustrated simply with my art trading cards--roughly the size of a business card.

    While it would be difficult to effectively display work so small, I give a tremendous amount of credit to those who choose to create in this way. The skills required are special.


  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    10 years ago

    thank you for your comments Ann Lee ;)

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    Ann Lee 

    10 years ago

    Very cool. Voted you up.


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