Artist Carves Tiny Intricate Bird Sculptures Under A Microscope

A French artist creates incredible tiny sculptures of birds under a microscope. Marie Cohydon spends hundreds of hours sculpting the intricate designs onto ordinary pencil leads or on hardened glue using scalpels. The designs are then painted carefully using watercolours. Marie reveals that sometimes it can take her up to one week to work on one single detail because of its size. "There are several delicate steps in my work, for example, painting the beak of a bird, I can start it again 10 or 20 times." Marie explains. 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. A self-taught artist Marie finds peace in her work as it allows her to switch off from the outside world.

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