Pakistani miniaturist builds world’s smallest vacuum cleaner

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  • The globally acclaimed miniature artist is known for his tiny works of art made with pencils and pencil leads.
  • Ahsan Qayyum carved the wood of a pencil from the inside and placed the machine there.
  • The first world record claimed by Qayyum was a chain of 75 links made with pencil lead.

Pakistani record-holding miniature artist Ahsan Qayyum has claimed another record in the Guinness World Records, making the world’s smallest vacuum cleaner.

The world renowned miniature artist is known for his tiny works of art made with pencils and pencil lead and he used the same medium to make the body of the tiny machine.

The news was announced by the artist himself on his Instagram account on Friday, along with photos and videos of the minute art and his attempt to break previously held records.

According to Qayyum, he carved the wood of the pencil from the inside and placed the machine there.

“It is fully operational. It is an electrically powered device, which draws debris/dust inside by suction resulting from negative internal pressure,” Qayyum said in the Instagram post.

The post said it was March last year when he came across the world’s smallest vacuum cleaner on the Guinness World Record website, made by an Indian miniature artist.

The artist decided to break the record and made the official attempt, after four months of planning, in October.

“I executed my attempt to make a vacuum cleaner as small as 1.9cm, considering the Indian record for a 2.9cm vacuum cleaner,” Qayum wrote.

However, after Qayyum received an acceptance email from Guinness World Records after three months of waiting after completing this attempt and submitting his details, another Indian artist broke the previous record by making a 1.76 cm vacuum.

For Qayyum it was seriously “disillusioning” as he only missed his shot by 1.4mm. However, the artist did not give up and asked his record manager to allow him to modify his attempt and try to make an even smaller vacuum cleaner.

Qayyum called himself “lucky” to have had this chance. He reduced the size to 1.46 cm and resubmitted the evidence.

To Qayyum’s disappointment, another Indian miniature artist emerged, with a vacuum cleaner 1.4cm long, breaking not only the latest vacuum cleaner record of 1.76cm, but also Qayyum’s record attempt of 1 .46 cm.

Even that didn’t deter Qayyum and he asked for one last chance to modify his own attempt.

Qayuum’s never say die attitude eventually led him to be recognized by Guinness World Records as the record holder for the world’s smallest vacuum cleaner, measuring just 1.3 cm.

The artist wrote that he received an email from the world record body approving his attempt on Wednesday August 26, 2021.

The first world record claimed by Qayyum was a chain of 75 links made with pencil lead, suspended from an “Rs6” pencil. This record had beaten another Indian artist’s record of a chain of 58 links made on the same medium.

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