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This Artist Uses His Magnifying Glass To Burn Pictures, Not Ants

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Jordan Mang-osan is a patient guy. This Filipino artist is so patient that he can sit for hours at a time, calmly holding a magnifying glass over a slab of wood so that the sun can burn the slightest little dark spots into the surface. But eventually a beautiful landscape emerges.

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The idea of burning images into wood or any other material is not a new one. In fact, it's a whole genre of art aptly named pyrography. But Mang-osan's magnifying glass method is pretty unusual.

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You can check out more of Mang-osan's work on Facebook and buy his work at Fine Art America. And maybe even try it yourself, if you have some time and a steady hand. [Laughing Squid]

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That's quite a combination of patience and skill. I'm not sure there's any other technique that could achieve the same result, as a hotter, faster heating source might not have the same range of shades over as small an area. It's a rare example of an organic, and even poetic method having no technical rival.