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Nikolai Aldunin – master of miniature

Nikolai Aldunin
Master of microminiature Nikolai Aldunin was born on September 1, 1956 in the village of South Lamovatka, Voroshilovgrad region. Since childhood he loved metals and working as a locksmith and then as a turner at the industrial plant he comprehended all the secrets of metalworking. In 2002 he got an idea to shoe a flea. He wanted to prove that Nikolai Leskov (Russian writer; wrote a story about Lefty (Levsha), a left-handed arms craftsman from Tula, who shoed a flea) glorified Tula craftsmen not in vain. The master worked at night and wore clothes made of cotton. Microminiature is very sensitive to static electricity, which artificial materials accumulate. Nikolai had been working for three months and when finished he realized that “found himself” in the microminiature. He quitted his job and decided to start this very difficult and interesting craft.

flea equipped with shoes

flea equipped with shoes


A flea equipped with shoes, a saddle, and stirrups. It has four sparkling gold shoes with three nails in each. One horseshoe for the flea weighs 0.00000004419 grams.

Nikolai had made about a hundred of works. All masterpieces are made of gold, because the microscopic part made of any other metal can rust.
Many of his works are included in the exhibition of the Tula Museum.
Nikolai Aldunin died on September 9, 2009. He was only 53 and could create a lot of amazing works.
In the future he was going to create “Mercedes” of gold, silver and platinum with real car parts, metal flea. It is a pity that his plans went awry.
Seven camels
Camels in the eye of a needle
Height 0.25-0.20 mm
Gold 999.9
Tula samovar
Tula samovar
Height – 1.2 mm
Made of 12 items
Pushkin
Portrait of A.S. Pushkin on rice grain
Height 1 mm
Russian Rouble
Russian Rouble
Diameter – 0.88 mm
Material – Gold .9999
Advice and love
“Advice and love” on the rice grain
The height of letters – 0.14 mm
Material – Gold .9999
Tank T34
Tank T34
Tank T34/85
Located on the apple seed longitudinal section
Housing length – 2 mm
Number of pieces – 257
Material – Gold .9999
It is the most difficult of the master’s works. He had been creating the tank for six months for the 60th anniversary of the Victory.
Ostankino TV tower
Ostankino TV tower
Located on the apple seed
Height – 6.3 mm
Material – Gold .9999
Gogol
Portrait of N.V. Gogol on rice grain
Bicycle
Bicycle
Located on a sewing needle
Length – 2 mm
Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy
Portrait on rice grain
AKM -47
AKM -47
Located across the match
The length 1, 625 mm
Consists of 34 individual parts
Material – Gold 585 and 999.9
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