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Putrefashion by themauxfaux Mar 23, 2010

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It\'s a modular bangle meant for displaying your favorite insects. There are air-holes so they can remain living while you wear them! Jorge and I designed the bangle for some mealworms we procured at Petco. They like dry oatmeal or some hunks of potato. We\'d love to see some inspired creations!

The back story - http://mikelberman.com/blog/
Check out the flickr set
Putrefashion on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/10489363

If you like the bracelet, check a former project at ITP, Jill Haefele's Cricket Headphones! They are amazing!


Laser-cut more of less of the middle modules (there are four in the file) to change the thickness of the design. The length of your screws will change according to the thickness of your material (we used 1/4\" thick acrlic) as well as the number of layers (we used four inner layers + the two outer = approx 1.5\" length). Mealworms can be purchased at Petco, but we hope you use other insects!

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I hate it! Poor worms!

LOL - lovely - don't know what impresses me most, the design, or that you were able to find a female friend to model it for the pictures.

Which by the way, brings up its own issue, this must be the best pictures I have ever seen of anything on thingieverse, I thought lowlight iphonegraphy were a requirement.

Thanks Bo! It's amazing what adequate lighting can do! Angela didn't have too big a problem wearing the bangle. Filling it up with mealworms, however, was certainly a new experience for Jorge and myself.

Most outside-the-box thing I've seen on the eponymous 'verse in awhile. Kudos! Just blorged it at Make: Online.

Now here's some annoying unsolicited suggestions: Make it out of water-clear acrylic so it's easier to see the critters. Do something about the hard uncomfortable corners. Use screw posts to close it up so there aren't free threads and nuts, er, "hanging out in the breeze." Put some really beautiful insects in there like jewel beetles or something. Plusiotis gloriosa is native to the US. Golden Phoenix Exotic sells live ones online.


Thanks for the post Sean Michael!
Jorge and I chose colored acrylic so it would look more like jewelry and less like a petri dish. Screw posts are a good idea! I'll check out the insects you're recommending. We literally made this thing overnight (bugs included).

The whole putrefaction theme has to do with one's own death, not that of the insects.

bravo mike, bravo!

Thanks Zach!

Thanks guys! Ladybugs might be the next, cuter design.

I'm both fascinated and disgusted... AWESOME!

Definitely unique! Very cool concept.