How to turn old computer parts into cute little bugs.
Help save the environment at least a little plus make gifts for friends and family

Step 1: Tools of the trade

Gather your supplies, I included but might not use each time:
Circuit Board (obsolete/dead)
Soldering Iron
Super Glue
Nail Clippers
This was a fun project. I'm stuck inside on a rainy day and could make these while watching Netflix. Thanks for sharing!
<p>thanks dude when i found this site i was looking for a way to introduce <br>it to my friends and your project really helped me with that.</p>
<p>Well thank you too. When I did this years ago as my first instructable I tried to be thorough and clear. I'm glad that it was well done enough to help you introduce others to the sight and hopefully inspire them to make some instructables (and bugs) of their own. </p>
Thanks to you my friend i have an inspiration which i am going to put it on instructables if i do not forget.
<p>That's great, I hope your instructable will inspire others too. </p>
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<p>I think it would be fine. </p>
<p>Here`s mine creation.</p>
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<p>These are just the cutest little bugs!!</p>
<p>Here are some that I made</p>
Those are cute!<br><br>I'm glad that after almost 7 years on here this instructable is still getting messages ad people are still making the bugs!
<p>Just a few I made</p>
Nice job! I need to make some more this summer.
Would make cute ear rings! <br>
Ii is a good idea....
I'm really surprised that you managed to find tantalum caps with such longs leads. Aren't they usually bent and trimmed pretty short? I'm guessing those were diagonal across DIP sockets, which are getting rare. Also, without getting too negative, can I nudge you on the "save the environment" line? I understand that these components don't go immediately into a landfill, but they also don't prevent anything new from being made, and they will probably end up in a landfill eventually. I see zero environmental impact from this, neither positive nor negative. I'm curious to hear your take on it.
This IS in the realm of &quot;save the environment&quot; -- it IS recycling, and just as valid as any other recycling. THIS is something new getting made--art/craft. Anyway, eventually many or most of those other things being made from &quot;traditional&quot; recycling will end up where? They'll end up at, sooner, if not later (at the end of their recycling life), the landfill.
I know that it won't do much for the environment at first, but I hope that the bugs made will be around for a while and by the time they do end up being discarded the policies on recycling them will be much more advanced then now. As for the tantalum caps, well almost all my parts came from boards my cousin gave me that would have otherwise be buried in a landfill now. I think those came from an old Ethernet router.
great job! 5 star!!!
Great Idea!!
it's realy work?<br>
Awesome! I think I've finally found a purpose for my collection of 386 motherboards and ISA stuff that I can't seem to GIVE away on Craigslist. :)<br>BTW: The &quot;free&quot; section on Craigslist is a great source to find broken electronics that some people just don't want to throw away.
you should take a look here: http://www.youtube.com/user/redsunmtm#p/a/u/0/B-x8gjJVxE4 have a nice view and get good ideas !
you should look this page i do those things for more than 15 year now !<br>http://eclipse-online.info/ go to sultures section and then: roll over to find SCULPTURES ELECTRONIQUES just after wood ones
This is a great idea! Does anyone know how much these might weigh? These would make some really cute earrings to give away as presents if they don't weigh to much :D Or even a cute necklace!
They don't weigh much at all. I've seen regular earrings that probably weighed more. <br>Just solder a pin to the body, cut off and hook it to a craft earring hanger. I'd make sure the feet were smooth with a small blob of solder to prevent picking and catching.
And you might want to use lead free solder and ROHS compliant components for anything you ever think about sticking into a hole anywhere in your body...just to be safe, lead poisoning is no fun. But yeah, these are pretty light, unless you just have to hang a 1F 200V Capacitor monsterbug from your face.
Also a nice coat of clear nail polish over the whole thing will help seal it.
This is brilliant ! Congratulations. I love your creations.<br>I'll try to do some.
love this idea been making them for ages. I made a bunch of winged ants and solderd them to some old sim cards : ) Sim-bee-ants! anyone?
I hate bugs! But those seems to be harmless. LOL.<br>Nice ible!!!
I like the ible but I would personally use those parts, well done on this ible!!!
Oh dear. If I ever see those buggers crawling out from under my computer, it's a sign that I need to clean up my program code from bugs.<br>;)
would the resistors still work if i wanted to recycle them into another project?
I don't see why not. As long as you don't overheat any of the components they should be good to reuse.
woudn't it be random if these were able to be used in projects
Soo cute! im so gonna make it tomorrow right after i wake up xD
you could use an intigrated circuit or 2 attatched together and ad a head to make a centipede!
Cool idea, reminds me of the game ZOIKZ.
This is amazing, im going to make a couple for my dad this christmas. I've spent the day harvesting old toys like Walkie talkies (goldmines) and remote controlled cars. <br>Keep up the good work! :D
I really love this, as soon as i can get some Resistors I will make one, thanks for sharing this awesome idea!
Love it! Totally awesome... 5/5
Thanks for the inspiration, I made on after I saw this instructable<br> <br>
The bee theme seems to be one of the best selling of all I've made. Looks good!
Hey, what about hard wood floor gloss?
That probably would work fine, it should be nice tough and waterproof if designed for floors.
I can't wait to make these!! I'm always taking these parts off of things my hubby (who's a tech) is gonna throw away. He teases me relentlessly about it too. Wait till he sees these! Think I'll make mine into fridge magnets!

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