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Lord's Prayer engraved on pin head by Birmingham man

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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.



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