A master micro-engraver has marked Facebook’s 10th Anniversary by carving one of the smallest ever pieces of art – on the tip of a 3mm letter F.
Talented Graham Short, 67, sculpted Mark Zuckerberg famous quote “I’m here to build something for the long term, anything else is a distraction” in minuscule letters which are naked to the human eye.
It took the committed craftsman three months to complete the miniature masterpiece in gold after tirelessly working six days a week for over 300 HOURS.
The quote made famous by the 29-year-old CEO is only visible by using a powerful magnifying glass and is only seven microns in size – smaller than a human blood cell.
Graham said he decided to pay the unique tribute to Zuckerberg to mark Facebook’s 10th anniversary to show how even the smallest idea can become a global success.
He added: “I don’t know if the Mr Zuckerberg will ever see it but I hope he gets the chance to.
“We already have potential buyers but I would love to see this in Facebooks HQ in California.”
The engraver takes beta blockers and potassium in order to slow his heart beat so he can work on his designs between heartbeats.
He also works at night to avoid the vibrations caused by traffic within two blocks of his Birmingham workshop.
And Graham even schedules regular botox injections around his eye to keep his muscles as steady as possible while working with finely honed Victorian needles.
The talented engraver added: “I work at night because even the vibrations of a lorry going past in the day could cause me to make a big mistake.
“I wear a stethoscope and try to engrave in between heart beats.
“If I see a mouse, I have to go home straight away because I am scared of them and know I won’t be able to stay dead still when I engrave.
“I only have to move slightly and I have to start over from the beginning, the vibrations from a truck two blocks away will cause a mistake.”
Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg on February 4, 2004, while he was still a student at Harvard University in America.
In 2013 the company posted revenues of USD7.87billion (£4.8billion), of which USD1.5billion (£918million) were pure profits.
The social media site, which turns 10 today, has made Zuckerberg one of the wealthiest people on the planet and currently has 1.2billion users worldwide.