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Artist Carves Pencil Lead into the Tiniest Train on Rails

Using a magnifying glass and X-Acto knife, artist Cindy Chinn has carved a tiny train out of a pencil and its lead. The miniature piece is less than an inch tall and over five-and-a-half inches long, showcasing part of the locomotive barreling through a dark tunnel. Here, the wood casing plays an integral part of the piece and serves as a landscape for Chinn's intricate graphite chiseling.

To construct this impressive sculpture, Chinn used an assemblage technique. She started with another pencil and etched a 3/16 inch-tall train out of its lead. Afterwards, with a second pencil, she fashioned a passageway and partial tracks. Chinn then glued straight lead pieces (resembling rails) onto it and secured the locomotive to them.

Because of the special size, the artist sells her sculpture with a magnifying glass so that the viewer won't miss any of its incredible details. This piece is currently for sale through Chinn's Etsy shop.

Chinn's portfolio also boasts other intricate pencil carvings:

Cindy Chinn: Website | Blog | Etsy
via [Demilked]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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