The technical skill of some artists is truly incredible – these beautiful tiny sculptures have been painstakingly carved on the tip of a pencil lead, something that I routinely snap by accident with my clumsy fingers.

These skillful miniature sculptures are the work of Diem Chau, an American artist who left Vietnam as a refugee in 1986. She seems to be fond of miniature work as, in addition to the carved pencil tips, she has also created a series of miniature crayons spanning the entire Latin alphabet. The pencil series features miniature organic forms, primarily depicting animals and figures. One, however, creatively combines woodwork from the pencil as well.

According to Chau’s website, the miniature works are “delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form” and explores “moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.”

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