Page last updated at 18:23 GMT, Friday, 26 February 2010

Lord's Prayer engraved on pin head by Birmingham man


Graham Short reveals how he did it

A Birmingham engraver has inscribed the full text of the Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin using just a needle tip.

Sixty-four-year-old Graham Short, from Bournville, said it had taken him about 300 hours to etch the script on to a pin head measuring 2mm in diameter.

He rested for an hour before each stage to get his heart to beat slowly enough to perform the delicate work.

Mr Short now plans to engrave a pin head with part of a chapter from the Koran.

He has been engraving on pin heads for about 40 years and said he had undertaken the Lord's Prayer challenge as a new way to push himself to the limits of his skill.

Birmingham is also home to sculptor Willard Wigan, whose miniature works on grains of rice and sugar have included Barack Obama's family, Elvis Presley and Snow White that are small enough to fit inside the eye of a needle.

Print Sponsor

Micro model marks new president
20 Jan 09 |  West Midlands
Micro artworks valued at 11.2m
11 May 07 |  West Midlands
Father Christmas cut down to size
14 Dec 05 |  West Midlands

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific