Nikolai Aldunin is the master of miniature sculptures – his sculptures are so small, that the artist needs to use a microscope throughout the process. For example, he have managed to engrave a portrait of Leo Tolstoy on a grain of rice, create a replica of a Russian samovar smaller than a sugar grain, make the famous “Kalashnikov” that fits on the head of a match, and many others.
Nikolai’s inspiration is a famous Russian tale about a left-handed craftsman Levsha, who claimed that he can fashion horseshoes on a fly. Nikolai accepts the challenge and tops it off easily. To show it, Aldunin created not only the shoes for the fly, but a saddle and stirrups as well. To continue the list of his stunning work, a T-34 tank should be acknowledged. The artist created a T-34 tank which could be fitted on a halved apple seed. Not to mention, the tank itself is constructed from more then 200 pieces.
Aldunin says that “Everything that you feel in your soul is transmitted to your hands.” Well, his transmission is well worth of the public’s attention and some aw’s of a crowd.
While making the butt of a miniature “Kalashnikov” for two weeks, Aldunin lost the piece and had to begin all over again.