Taiwanese Man Makes a Sculpture Smaller than a Grain of Rice

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TAIPEI (REUTERS).- A Taiwanese man has tamed the tiger, shrinking the Chinese zodiac animal into a sculpture smaller than a grain of rice that’s fully visible only through a magnifying glass. Chen Forng-shean, who has been sculpting as a hobby for some 30 years, carved from resin what he calls the world’s tiniest tiger at 1 millimetre (0.04 inch) high and just over a millimeter long ahead of the Chinese lunar Year of the Tiger which starts on February 14. But Chen said the brightly colored beast nearly got the best of him over 10 attempts to create it. “If the hands shake a little bit, the work would jump away and disappear,” said Chen, 54, a minting plate designer by trade. “For this tiger, the toughest part is because it is three-dimensional. It can be looked at from any angle and still seem very lively.