By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

A STEADY-HANDED artist has created what he believes is the smallest piece of art ever made

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The tiny Khanda has been etched onto the sharp point of a needle

The mind-blowing engraving is invisible to the naked eye and has been carved on to the point of a NEEDLE.

Graham Short, from Bimingham in the UK, spent four months creating the work - which is smaller than a red blood cell. 

Graham uses adapted victorian-era tools for his carvings

The image can only be viewed through a powerful microscope and depicts a Sikh symbol called the Khanda.

Graham said: "I wanted to produce a religious piece which would be the smallest piece of art the world has ever seen.

The microscopic symbol sits at the very tip of this needle
The master engraver at the microscope

“The Khanda is the symbol of the Sikhs, as the Cross is to Christians or the Star of David is to the Jews."

To prevent his pulse from causing him to make mistakes, the gifted engraver lowers his heart rate by swallowing potassium, magnesium and beta-blockers. 

The tiny artwork is invisible to the naked eye

The extreme intricacy of the work also means he has to scratch away at the needle-point in between heartbeats.

“I can get my heart rate down to about 25 beats a minute. Swimming helps a lot. I swim 10,000 metres a day," Graham said.

Graham wears a stethoscope to monitor his heart rate
Tools of the trade: The messy worktop of the gifted engraver

"The fitter I am, the lower my resting heart rate."

Every few months the master engraver, who completed the piece earlier this year, has botox injected into the skin around his eyes.

Box of tricks: Some equipment used to make the amazing creations
Safe pair of hands: Graham's work is all about keeping steady

He added: "This keeps my muscles and nerves surrounding my eyes from being a distraction while I'm working, but it wears off after a couple of months or so.”

The ultra-focused 68-year-old has produced a number of notable works in the past. 

Graham's engraving is smaller than a red blood cell

He preciously engraved ‘Nothing is Impossible’ on the sharp-end of a razorblade, which he sold for nearly £50,000, and has also carved the Lords Prayer on to the head of a pin.