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The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:55:37 pm »
Did anyone else see the Channel 4 programme about Willard Wigan, a guy who creates miniature masterpieces that can only be seen under a microscope such as carvings in the eye of a needle or on a pinhead. He made his smallest ever piece towards the end of the programme which was a baby (complete with arms legs, eyes, nose, mouth etc) inserted into one of his own hairs from his head. Evidently the baby was just 1/800th of a mm tall :goggleeyes:

His main problems are static and his own breathing. He'd made a diorama of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party but accidentally inhaled Alice!

I don't know whether this is available on Catch Up or whatever, but please make an effort to see it if you can. Like some of his masterpieces, you'll be blown away ;)

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 04:24:11 pm »
I set it to record last night as it looked interesting, but haven't seen it yet. Seems like I did the right thing!

Thanks for the review.

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 04:48:13 pm »
I've not watched it yet but it is available on catch up until 7 August.

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 10:46:57 pm »
Thanks for this. I've just watched it, very inspirational.
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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 11:06:29 pm »
I wonder if he could make a layout in one!  :hmmm:


On a more serious note, yes absolutely amazing stuff especially as the guy suffers from autism!

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 10:14:47 am »
Caught up with it last night, truly astonishing.

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2018, 01:54:43 pm »
His main problems are static and his own breathing. He'd made a diorama of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party but accidentally inhaled Alice!

If you know anything about Lewis Carol, the rest of the party were probably inhaling something else  :D

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 05:14:44 pm »
His main problems are static and his own breathing. He'd made a diorama of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party but accidentally inhaled Alice!

If you know anything about Lewis Carol, the rest of the party were probably inhaling something else  :D

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2018, 08:16:12 am »
I met him at an exhibition in Llangollen some years ago where he had 12 pieces on display in specially constructed cases with built-in magnification areas.  He's a very interesting guy.
My favourite was a lady in full Welsh costume sat on the side of a stone bridge over a stream, which, if my memory serves me right, had been carved into a grain of rice.
He explained how he has to massively calm his heart rate before he starts as the pulses of blood through his fingertips can affect the carving accuracy - Mind blown!

Here are some images of some of his work
https://www.google.com/search?q=willard+wigan&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiOj5jtw5vcAhWqC8AKHYHMCE0Q_AUICigB&biw=1680&bih=885
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