Miniature art always fascinates with how artists can make their artworks so tiny but incredibly detailed. In the hands of Russian artist Salavat Fidai, the tips of pencils become tiny and incredible masterpieces. The amount of detail the artist puts into these miniature masterpieces is absolutely astonishing!
The Ufa-based artist uses an X-ACTO knife to carve miniature renderings of various characters from pop culture, buildings, statues, and everyday objects. It is a delicate process because the success of the artwork depends on how much pressure the lead can withstand. Therefore, mistakes are inevitable.
For the artist, carving miniature renderings is like a meditation and a challenge at the same time. The most difficult task is to make a micro sculpture and not to break it. These sculptures are fragile and tiny, and that excites the artist the most. The artist likes to pay attention to the details and bring each sculpture to perfection.
Fidai was born into a family of artists so it’s quite natural that he became an artist himself. His artistic journey started around 5 years ago and since then, he has continued to surprise us with his carving skills. If you are interested in more artworks by this artist, you can find them here and hereon Bored Panda.
Don’t want your home to look like hundreds of others you see in IKEA’s catalogs? How about making it more like a Darth Vader’s den? Just put your construction hat on and follow this do-it-yourself guide on turning IKEA’s PS 2014 lamp into a glowing Death Star.
The tutorial is made by a self-proclaimed Star Wars geek Lylelo, who “always saw the IKEA PS 2014 lamp and thought ‘it looks so much like a Death Star!’”
She seized the opportunity for the DIY project when she was moving with her boyfriend to a new place, and “converted one of those plain white lamps into the exploding Death Star floating over our bed. We absolutely love it,” she told Bored Panda. Now take a look how to make one yourself!
I made this Death Star from a plain IKEA lamp and you can do it too
First step, of course, is to buy an IKEA PS 2014 lamp and a can of spray paint
“I used a can of light gray spray paint from the local hardware store. Do this outside because of the fumes and the necessary ventilation. If you want to have it perfect – cover the copper insides BEFORE you spraypaint the outsides. The mist of the spray dulled the sheen a tiny bit – it doesn’t bother us, but if you want it super shiny – cover it up. Or don’t use spray paint and brush the light gray instead. In my case, it was a matter of time and not wanting to paint them all by hand.”
We used masking tape for painting walls to cover the areas that should stay lighter
“Using an x-acto knife and a cutting mat with a ruler proved to be helpful to have a variation in the strips. Cut some wide, some small, some long, some short. Alternate to create the pattern, the death star wasn’t all the same, neither should be yours.”
We created a stencil of the round weapon on a piece of paper first and traced that onto the lamp with a pencil
Once you’re satisfied with the look of your pattern, you can paint a darker shade of paint over the whole ball
“We decided that black was too dark and sharp as a contrast, so we mixed a darker gray color. The paint is a mix of acrylic paint and a chalk paint, to give it a not so glossy finish. We found this paint in the hardware store.”
Paint the ball completely or work in segments – it all depends on your taste
“We peeled the masking tape not long after painting. Make sure to press the tape very well down before you paint, avoiding blotches and noses doing so. But even if you have some slight uneven lines – the end result will be great, because the Death Star has so many little bits and dots, it will look like you wanted it this way.”
The round weapon was painted by hand with a fine brush
Hang it on your ceiling as instructed – you will need a hook for that – and enjoy your Death Star lamp – it’s awesome!