Picture of Computer Bugs - Additional Ideas, Tips & Tricks
In early December I found here, on instructables.com, a tutorial by nnygamer called "Computer Bugs" (link:http://www.instructables.com/id/Computer-Bugs/). I realy liked his idea, but I thought "normal" bugs were too boring. In total I've made now 7 different bugs, which were great presents to Christmas.

Now, a few weeks later I decided to give instructables for this great idea (thanks to nnygamer) something back. In this toutorial I'll write about the experiance I've made, tips & tricks for your bugs and finally give you some new ideas.

The stuff I needed was allready there, normaly build electric circuits. As well I've the knowledege to use the tools. We all are different and you won't get the results I got. That's normal. So don't try to do exctly the same. Be different and create art that was never created before! And if you made some, share it here to give new ideas, tips & tricks to the others. Just post it as a comment. If you write me a PM I'll include it at the end of this tutorial.

English is not my mother tongue, but I learned it for over 7 years and I'll use Google translater for all missing words, so I hope you (native speaker) can understand it without "translating" it yourself :D. If you spot any mistakes write a short PM to me so I can correct them and learn for the future. As well this is my first toutorial I've ever made. If anything is unclear you can send a PM to me, too.
Zlaja Genije made it!18 days ago

Check it out!

Zlaja Genije2 months ago

Agree with member who cant use good parts for this, so use bad parts! I do it that way to keep replaced bad electronic parts by years for some further using and voila - here is right place to do some with them.

I think coloring eyes and parts make loosing of models meaning and beauty. Its better leave it clear or made details from other electronic parts (say SMD parts) soldering only.

WJR3390071 year ago

Here are some I made

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David971 year ago

Just a few I made.

R.A.T.M3 years ago
Just cant bring my self to using good parts for something that doesn't do anything there cool but i couldn't do it
TechGadgets (author)  R.A.T.M3 years ago
'Good parts' is relative. I Just use really common parts with a special shape/color. I've thousends of parts with the same function. Furthermore some parts, especially inductions, haven't any information printed on them, so they are anyway 'useless'.
inductors useless they may be cheep but even if the parts dont have a label dose not mean you cant find out what its values are
dur.sk83 years ago
It's Genius
brassclams3 years ago
I, a former English teacher, think your use of the language is great - probably better than some native speakers.
TechGadgets (author)  brassclams3 years ago
Thanks :D. Could you say this also to my english teacher?
i want too :)
lkitts3 years ago
TechGadgets (author) 3 years ago
Over 11000 views only 11 days after publishing. Thanks to all who read, vote and comment this instructable.
pradeesh3 years ago
hi...., nice creativity
agis683 years ago
iam enthusiastic of this kind of art. Very creative and well done and presented....5/5 and far. I like the colors you use and the combinations....the dragon fly is far my favorite.. Also you may try some fiber glass or fiber glass for wings.

I will try to make some of them....(always i was kept the burned electronics and also dead pcbs and cds)
TechGadgets (author)  agis683 years ago
I don't realy know where to get fiber glass. But a cool idea. Please show your bugs when finished.
really thin fiber glass you may find in hardware stores in the decoration department....But i dont know where to send you....you see i live in Greece......anyway....i will send some images when i try this...thnx
How 'bout a scarab, salamander, Pokemon (of the plant variety), or centipede.
TechGadgets (author)  deathnotx1013 years ago
A scarab would be realy cool and possible to make. A salamander and/or centipede are great ideas as well but I think I would be hard to give them their awesome "character" especially because they've got a very long body. A Pokemon is definitely a bad idea: If you thought about a Pokemon you know how it had to look like. It's impossible that my Pokemon will look 100% like the original, so you won't expect my design. I hope you understand what I wanted to say.
BTW: Thanks for your comment and ideas, that's what this instructable will keep alive. :)
ivanuwkaa3 years ago
Слушайте, классная статья, никогда даже не задумывался над таким. Спасибо автору за интересный пост
syncromatic3 years ago
Great ideas, I love the dragonflies. I made a spider following the original instructable, I also made a small web from thin copper wires, so I got computer bugs on the net...
TechGadgets (author)  syncromatic3 years ago
A web. Cool idea. Can I inculde it here?
Sure, I am happy to help, or at least comment...
TechGadgets (author)  syncromatic3 years ago
Came back in a few days and see what I'll have done :).
MJMATHOT3 years ago
For wings you can also use the insides of keyboards, inside a computer keyboard (underneath the keys) are sheets which look like material for wings. You can easily cut them with scissors in a wing shape. If you use several layers they look great. Love your bugs!
sunglasses lenses also work well for the wings.
TechGadgets (author)  MJMATHOT3 years ago
I'll try it if I can get an old keyboard. Thanks for the tip.

lbrewer423 years ago
Great designs! Your designs show fantastic creativity.
bben463 years ago
Cool. I remember making similar - but much simpler 'bugs' using just an IC chip. Probably around 1985 or thereabouts. Mine were just a chip with the first pair of 'legs' bent up to look like antenna and some of the others bent forward or back to look like legs. I painted eyes on some using white out. I gave dozens of them away to friends.

Mine were not nearly as colorful or complex as your though.

Now that I have seen your bugs, I may have to go back into the bug business using some of your ideas.

I approve.
TechGadgets (author)  bben463 years ago
Use the ideas. They're free :). But show me me some photos when you're finished.
iOskr3 years ago
Hey man you are so creative!!! All the pieces are beautiful.
NewYorkRob3 years ago
I have heard of "bugs" in electronics and software. This is the first time I've seen an electronic "bug".
ondrikczech3 years ago
very nice.dragonfly is best
ChrysN3 years ago
Awesome, I love the snail!
tobawolf3 years ago
Very good instructable,
Just wondering, what did you use for the wings?
I'm thinking of making a light up fire fly where the tail is made from a diffused yellow LED. The body can be the resistor to control the voltage.

Again, well done.
TechGadgets (author)  tobawolf3 years ago
If you had read the text below the butterfly or dragonfly you would know rhe wings are made of CD's. You can use a big resistor as the body, but then you may need an external power supply, because youieson't have enough space for battarys. Much thanks for the comment. Please show me your bug when finished. Good Luck

nnygamer3 years ago
Thank you and you are welcome. You did some great additions to my instructable. I really like the snail! The butterfly and dragonfly wings look great.
I tried to avoid using glue since the few times I did they didn't stay together. But then again I didn't even think to use hot glue, that sticks to everything.
I made around 3 dozen this summer along with a few critters I sold at my garage sale, now I'm getting low on parts!
TechGadgets (author)  nnygamer3 years ago

very cool that you've seen this a few hours after publishing. To bad you haven't much parts anymore. But it should be enough for one more bug, I hope. If you are going to make some for another garage sale, feel free to use anything I've written here. It was your idea, so I would be glad to help you to some more bugs.