A French artist creates incredible tiny sculptures of birds under a microscope.
Marie Cohydon spends hundreds of hours sculpting the intricate designs on ordinary pencil leads or on hardened glue using scalpels.
They are then painted using watercolours. Marie reveals that sometimes it can take her up to one week to work on one single detail because it is so small.
"There are several delicate steps in my work,' Marie explains. "For example, painting the beak of a bird, I can start it again 10 or 20 times."
The microsculptures are all carved under a microscope and measure between 0.5 mm and 3 mm high. The details are imperceptible to the naked eye and can only be seen using a magnifying glass eye loupe often used by watchmakers and jewellers.
"Carving under a microscope means that every little tool like a needle becomes huge and a danger for the sculpture in progress.' explains Marie. A self-taught artist, Marie finds peace in her work as it allows her to switch off from the outside world.
"Through my microscope, I can’t see my hands or my fingers, I disappear, I have the feeling that only my mind and my heart remain to work.' "I become something of a ghost for a while, active in an area insignificant even to an ant.' "This job gives me the opportunity to surpass myself and I am always sure that when I start a new sculpture, I will not be disappointed."