Brazilian Artist Crafts Sculptures Into The Graphite Of Pencils

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Usually artists use pencils to create beautiful art pieces, but this one originating from Brazil creates stunning mini sculptures by carving into them. 49-year-old Dalton Ghetti says that he has been sculpting for over 25 years, without the aid of a magnifying glass.

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Mr. Ghetti who works as a carpenter says, “At school I would carve a friend’s name into the wood of a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I got into sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood, but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things as small as possible.”

“I experimented sculpting with different materials, such as chalk, but one day I had an eureka moment and decided to carve into the graphite of a pencil,” he added.

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The sculpting artist uses three basic tools to make his creations – a razor blade, a sewing needle and a sculpting knife.

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“I’m quite old fashioned, I hold the piece myself when I’m working on it and if it’s sunny I’ll work outside. It’s hard to explain but for me it’s like a sort of meditation. I’m alone with no music on in my studio and in a deep state of concentration, it’s like another mind state I float about in. I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I scratch and create lines and turn the graphite around slowly in my hand.’

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When asked what was the longest time he has ever spend on one piece, Mr. Ghetti replied two and a half years, on a pencil with interlocking chains.

“The interlinking chains took the most effort and I was really pleased with it because it’s so intricate people think it must be two pencils.”

Other pieces created by Mr. Ghetti includes Elvis, the entire alphabet, a spoon, a saw and even an entire church which stands 10mm tall.

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