Pictures: Queen put on to coffee bean in world’s smallest portrait for Diamond Jubilee

08:20 18 May 2012

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What is believed to be the world's smallest ever portrait of the Queen on a coffee bean next to a needle

The Queen has become a coffee bean. No, that’s not new Cockney rhyming slang but rather the world’s smallest ever portrait of Her Majesty.

The bizarre creation is the result of painstaking work by British micro-sculptor Willard Wigan.

He has marked the Diamond Jubilee by crafting an image of the Queen’s head on to a coffee bean.

Measuring just 2mm, Mr Wigan’s microscopic masterpiece is so small it is invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen with the aid of a magnifying glass.

The sculptor, who slows his heartbeat and works between beats to avoid hand tremors while fashioning his miniature artworks, took more than four weeks to create the unusual sculpture.

Using tiny home-made tools, he paints with a hair plucked from a housefly’s back to carve the microscopic figures for which he is known.

He said: “I have worked all over the world with numerous tools and subjects but never before have I sculpted on to the miniature surface of a coffee bean...

“This celebratory one-off portrait of Her Majesty on a coffee bean marks this momentous occasion, hopefully commemorating her reign for years to come.”

The sculptor collaborated with coffee company Douwe Egberts which is supporting the Big Jubilee Lunch.

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