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Drugs and late nights: micro-engraver carves out niche

Using Botox, beta-blockers and the stillness of the night, Graham Short produces miniature engravings like nobody else. Often dubbed "the world's smallest engraver", he hand-carves phrases and symbols onto the tiniest of surfaces, from pinheads to the edge of a razor blade. Selling for increasingly large sums, the master craftsman goes to "ridiculous lengths" to achieve the required precision. Short takes beta-blockers to slow his heartbeat to get the steadiest possible hand, and injects his eyelids with Botox to…