Who doesn’t love a miniature food-related novelty item?
But having your name engraved into a grain of rice is passé and for tube sock wearing tourists. The next big thing is nuts! Quite literally.
Artist Steve Casino, the self-named “Painter of Nuts”, can you imagine, paints nuts. Peanuts, in fact, or at least their brittle outer shells. His art is primarily one of manipulating tiny paintbrushes to render “insanely tiny” portraits of celebrities and pop culture personalities upon the oblong and dimpled husks. However, the artist does not limit his practice to mere copies of famous faces, but welcomes the chance to tackle commissions of any willing patron’s friends, family or ancestors, and even dabbles in wedding cake toppers.
According to Casino’s website, he employs an intricate production process to ensure that his mini-masterpieces will survive for posterity’s sake:
1). Each piece has had the nuts removed from the shell.
2). The shells are sealed with archival urethane and glued back together.
3). The product is constructed, painted (taking up to 20 hrs.) and coated in clear acrylic when finished.
4). The final product is sealed in a glass dome
Casino also warn’s prospective buyers that his scrupulously crafted sculptures don’t come as cheaply, as they are “exquisitely-made pieces of art that take much time and skill to create.” What, do you think the man works for peanuts?