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World’s tiniest Nativity scene placed inside eye of needle

Birmingham based micro-engraver Graham Short has created a microscopic representation of a crib that is now considered the tiniest Nativity scene in the world.

The hand-engraved image was made on a speck of gold and placed inside the eye of a needle. The piece can be viewed via microscope and is on display at St. Laurence Church in Birmingham’s Northfield.

The artist revealed that he uses drugs to reduce his heart rate and makes use of a powerful medical microscope to create his works, telling the BBC that he engraves between heartbeats and that he knows it’s, “a bit extreme.” He further said that he gets injected with Botox-style injections every three months, which are applied around his eyes in order to avoid distractions from his muscles and nerves while creating a piece.

BBC reports:

The artist previously produced a picture of the Queen on a pinhead which sold for £100,000.


The public have been “amazed” at the piece on display, he said.

“When they look through the microscope they can’t believe it. I always get a good reaction.”

The Very Reverend Canon Janet Chapman said it was part of an exhibition of Nativity scenes from throughout the world.

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