Sanding Down Objects One Millimeter at a Time Makes for Mesmerizing Stop-Motion

In Verschleif, the stop-motion video you see above, artist Laurin Döpfner decided to take a number of seemingly everyday objects and bring them to life in a strange, unique and entrancing way.

Using an industrial sanding machine (likely a belt-sander of sorts), Döpfner broke down a number of objects a single layer at a time, producing the surreal stop-motion video above in the process.


Half a millimeter at a time, objects such as a camera, a pice of wood, an animal skull and many more were sanded down for our viewing pleasure. At only two and a half minutes long, it’s a quick watch that’s sure to mesmerize you and any coworkers fortunate enough to be nearby when you click play.

(via Laughing Squid)

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  • Guest

    Well. Sanding the old AGFA camera including the Mercury-Cells might is a risk I would have avoided!

  • sascharheker

    Well. Sanding the old AGFA camera including the Mercury-Cells is a risk I would have avoided!

  • lexplex

    The nut and the skull freaked me out a bit for some reason.

  • Eden Wong

    Stop motion artists are completely nuts. I don’t know how they do it. Kudos to them.

    The reverse imaging could have been deleted though, it adds nothing.

    Kinda cool video though.

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    Jaw dropping…

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Reminds me of MRI slices.

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    reminds me of an MRI

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    I agree about the reversing… Added nothing to the video. Very cool time lapses, though.

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  • Greg Heller

    Very cool idea thank you for sharing

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  • Matt King

    Is this real life?!

  • Korios

    Wow, that’s a lot of work and a LOT of frames..