Sculptures made from pencils
If you’ve ever dropped a pencil because you leaned too hard on the paper, you are aware of how extraordinarily brittle graphite is. Taiwanese artist Chien Chu Lee doesn’t hesitate to use fragile pencil tips as his medium notwithstanding the lead’s fragility. He hand-carves intricate forms from the tip of regular pencils, turning them into astounding tiny artworks that cover a variety of topics. Every small fragment of art displays the artist’s great care and steady hand, but his most recent creations are the best so far.
After many tries and failures, Lee has suddenly understood his goal of making a link chain out of pencil lead. Lee writes on Insta, “[I] always desired to carve this, no regardless of how hard the labor is even after some failed, [I] persist on it.” Without fracturing the pencil tip, every small, distinct link was painstakingly carved to create the amazing sculpture. The stem of solid graphite was changed by Lee into a long, flowing chain that resembled a steel. Lee exclaims with pleasure, “I strongly believe, [it] doesn’t get finer than this!”
See Lee’s amazing pencil tip chain and several other micro creations from his constantly expanding collection above.
This exceedingly thin chain was handcrafted by Taiwanese artist Chien Chu Lee from a single pencil tip.
Years of training went into the amazing artwork.
With a diverse spectrum of themes, Lee’s always expanding portfolio demonstrates his extraordinary patience and sure skills.