Itty-Bitty Masterpieces That Can Only be Seen With a Microscope

Chip art or silicon chip artwork is the practice of creating microscopic artwork on a product's chip or IC. The practice used to be done to stop copyright violation before 1984, but since all chips now have an automatic copywrite, the practice is only continued by those dedicated to the art.

Silicon chip artists or designers create the chip art by utilizing the chip's layers of silicon, silicon dioxide, glass and aluminum. Affecting the thickness of these layers gives them different colors to work with.