Amazing microscopic artwork.

I saw this microscope slide on ebay. It went for almost £80, but I grabbed the images because they are simply amazing - the slide's maker has spent what are probably hours or days arranging microscopic diatoms into the shape of a three-masted galleon, complete with sailors and a figure-head.

Anybody care to reproduce it?

Picture of Amazing microscopic artwork.
Diatom picture 02.JPG
Diatom picture 03 slide.JPG
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Plasmana8 years ago
That is amazing! And reproduce it? I don't have the equipment... :-(
comodore8 years ago
WOW! This is simply amazing! You really must have stedy hands or use some robotic type of hand.... That is simply amazing!
Kryptonite8 years ago
How on earth do you work with such small particles? It looks pretty awesome though. One thing though, if you buy this, what do you use it for? You can't really put it on your mantel piece so every one who comes to your house can look at it can you? Hmm, I guess you could of course keep it under a microscope on your mantelpiece.
ChrysN8 years ago
Arranging diatoms, Wow!
Kiteman (author)  ChrysN8 years ago
I can't even imagine how fine the forceps were, and how many he got wrong before this one!
ChrysN Kiteman8 years ago
Perhaps they had access to the equiptment used for ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection). But it would still require a lot of patience.
Ananand8 years ago
KentsOkay8 years ago
Dagnab, that's impressive...
lemonie8 years ago
! (donk) picks up lower mandible
dombeef8 years ago
Wow! And one Minute! lol