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Young Vietnamese builds tiny ships inside light bulbs

Tuesday, January 01, 2019, 11:40 GMT+7
Young Vietnamese builds tiny ships inside light bulbs
Nguyen Quang Huy assembles a ship in a light bulb. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A young man in Hanoi has earned a reputation as a craftwork wizard for his skillfulness in creating miniature ships inside light bulbs and glass bottles.

Nguyen Quang Huy, who has loved boats since childhood, tried to make mini-versions of ships with his hands for fun years ago.

The man, born in 1996, started building ship miniatures in glass items in 2013, when he became a graphic design freshman.

Huy likened the job to just confining ships to a glass space and said he was inspired by the film series Pirates of the Caribbean.

He makes a mental ship design before realizing the idea on paper in the form of drawings.

This is followed by stages in assembling ship parts in the most meticulous and beautiful manner, with some components put together inside light bulbs.

Nguyen Quang Huy assembles a ship in a light bulb. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quang Huy assembles a ship in a light bulb. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quang Huy works on a ship at a table in his room in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quang Huy works on a ship at a table in his room in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Building ships this way usually takes him several hours or days and each product can sell for VND50,000 (US$2.2) to several million dong (VND1 million = $43).

He said the work requires great patience and precision, for a single mistake may doom his effort.

As ships kept in such glass containers symbolize safety for fishermen, he hopes his handicraft can give good-luck wishes to the workers at sea.

After five years, Huy has created over a hundred glass-confined miniature ships and his labor of love now can help him have self-dependence.

He displayed his works at public events and markets on the weekend and this gave him VND5-10 million ($215-430) on each occasion.

Nguyen Quang Huy assembles a ship in a light bulb. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quang Huy assembles a ship in a light bulb. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quang Huy makes a ship in his room in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quang Huy makes a ship in his room in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Huy is making miniature versions of the structures at Vietnam’s tourist attractions and intends them as souvenirs to make the country known by more foreign visitors.

The small structures will be placed in clay dishes with a suitable background.

Nguyen Quang Huy’s version of Turtle Tower in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Quang Huy’s version of Turtle Tower in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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