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Micro-artist creates 1mm tall sculpture of the Queen to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee

A micro-artist has created a tiny sculpture of the Queen that is smaller than a grain of rice to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, while a mini sculptor crafted a tiny model of Coronation Carriage which fits inside the eye of a needle.

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The miniscule bust of Queen Elizabeth II sits on the top of a platinum pin and is just 0.6mm wide and 1mm tall.

David Lindon spent three months creating the tiny head and torso of the UK’s monarch in ceremonial dress with her tiara and sash.

Mr Lindon, from Bournemouth, Dorset, uses micro-plastics and painstakingly carves and paints his minute works of art under a microscope.

He has to be careful not to cough or sneeze while he is working, as the slightest disturbance could mean the miniature sculpture gets lost.

He works in the dead of night to limit any vibrations from passing traffic from the road outside his house that could disrupt the delicate pieces.

The miniscule bust of Queen Elizabeth II sits on the top of a platinum pin and is just 0.6mm wide and 1mm tall

The miniscule bust of Queen Elizabeth II sits on the top of a platinum pin and is just 0.6mm wide and 1mm tall

Dr Willard Wigan has also been working on a tiny model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, which has included painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle

Dr Willard Wigan has also been working on a tiny model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, which has included painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle

David, a former engineer who has worked for the MoD, on aircraft systems and the Eurofighter, took up micro art five years ago and is considered one of the best in the world.

Some of his previous pieces, which are so small they fit inside the eye of a needle, a collection of masterpieces by artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Claude Monet, sold for £90,000 and he currently has work displayed at a miniature art exhibition in London.

The miniature Queen will be donated to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case.

David said: ‘The work is microscopic but the challenges are monumental. It is physically and mentally draining with frustrations and unexpected challenges around every corner.

‘I have to enter an almost emotionless trance. It is a real challenge to control my hands and my breathing let alone create something almost literally out of nothing.

‘Only when you look into the microscope for yourself can you really appreciate the magic, the intricate details and the depth that photos don’t capture.

‘I must slow down my breathing, to steady my hands, and keep my heart rate as low as possible. A twitch from my pulse can wreck months of work. My hands still jump a little as my heart beats, so I work in a rhythm between each pulse.

‘If I don’t concentrate all the time my fingers can accidentally flick weeks of work off the microscope never to be seen again.

He has to be careful not to cough or sneeze while he is working, as the slightest disturbance could mean the miniature sculpture gets lost

He has to be careful not to cough or sneeze while he is working, as the slightest disturbance could mean the miniature sculpture gets lost

The miniature Queen will be donated to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case

The miniature Queen will be donated to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case

‘Each piece may take several months to get right as inevitably many attempts are lost in the process.

‘There are certain hazards with the creation process, for instance all too often I’ve lost a piece by accidentally squishing it while moving around, they are incredibly delicate.

‘Static electricity can also unexpectedly pull a piece of art away as if by magic. I can blow it away, with a sneeze, a cough or even a stray draft of wind from someone opening a window. Once a piece is lost, you can spend hours hunting around with a magnifying glass and never find it again!’

Elsewhere, a renowned microsculptor created the ‘tiniest biggest tribute’ for the Platinum Jubilee – an astonishing model of the Queen’s Coronation Carriage which fits inside the eye of a needle.

Dr Willard Wigan fashioned and painstakingly put together more than 200 parts under a microscope to create the ornate work, which he hopes to take on a nationwide tour.

The 65-year-old, who was honored with an MBE for services to art in 2007, said of his latest project: ‘This is the tiniest biggest tribute of all time for Her Majesty the Queen.’

Elsewhere, a renowned microsculptor created the 'tiniest biggest tribute' for the Platinum Jubilee - an astonishing model of the Queen's Coronation Carriage which fits inside the eye of a needle

Elsewhere, a renowned microsculptor created the ‘tiniest biggest tribute’ for the Platinum Jubilee – an astonishing model of the Queen’s Coronation Carriage which fits inside the eye of a needle

The artist, who created a tiny 24-carat gold crown for the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, said of the previous work: ‘It was the proudest moment of my life but I’ve evolved and moved on since.

‘I’ve improved, I’ve got so much better. I almost work as though my life depends upon it.

‘Having autism has given me a superpower to be able to do things other people can’t do.’

The West Midlands-based sculptor, who grew up in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, was diagnosed with autism, which he describes as a blessing in disguise, at the age of 50.

Speaking before photos of his latest work were released, he said: ‘My mother would tell me that autism is a diamond in a dustbin because humanity has a habit of throwing things away.

‘And then all of a sudden the lid comes off the dustbin and they realise what was in there.

‘So I’m using this now as a message to humanity and a celebration to Her Majesty the Queen. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life.

‘I think I need counseling now after doing this coach. But it’s taught me one thing – it’s taught me to train my attention span. I’ve learned that I have to make a statement with what I do.

‘We under-estimate things we can’t see… we disregard the small world. Just because you can’t see something don’t mean it don’t exist.’

Having worked for up to 17 hours a day for several weeks on the coach, the artist likens his work to ‘trying to put a pin through a bubble without bursting the bubble’.

He has also been working on a tiny model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, which has included painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle.

Admitting to being very tired after doing the incredibly detailed carriage, he said: ‘I finished about five or six days ago – I didn’t think I would finish it in time. I could sleep for England. But the glory is at the end.

‘I must admit I hate doing this work. But I know what it does. I know the impact it has on people

‘I’ve seen people walk out with their jaws in wheelbarrows when they see my work because it blows their heads off – it blows their minds. And that’s when I get my pleasure, off other people seeing it.’

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