Take a poppy seed from a muffin, cut it in half, now place two figures on it! And viola! the World’s Smallest Crocodile Gena and Cheburachka
How does he do it?
Anishkin says, “All my works are hand-made without any micro manipulators. Aniskin works with the help of a microscope. My microscope is MBS-9, a binocular microscope (that is, you look with both eyes), with linear magnification up to 100 power. Aniskin made two little self-made machine units – a lathe and a sharpening unit. Each of them can fit in the palm of a hand.”Aniskin invents and makes tools on of his own. While working he holds his creation in his fingers. Even one’s heartbeat disturbs such minute work, so particularly delicate work has to be done between heartbeats.
Aniskin says, “These works are very complicated since they are three-dimensional, volumetric, and it is very, very hard to make a 3D object. These figurines were not made of something and then painted. No. They are entirely made of painting pigment which was processed in a way that it becomes sturdy enough to “hold” small plastic objects.”
Crocodile Gena and Cheburashka
are placed on a cut poppy seed. The height of Cheburashka is 0.6 mm, the height of Gena is 1.4 mm.