Picture of Computer Bugs
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

Picture of 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
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kaveh25 months ago

thanks dude when i found this site i was looking for a way to introduce
it to my friends and your project really helped me with that.

nnygamer (author)  kaveh24 months ago

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.

kaveh2 nnygamer1 month ago
Thanks to you my friend i have an inspiration which i am going to put it on instructables if i do not forget.
nnygamer (author)  kaveh229 days ago

That's great, I hope your instructable will inspire others too.

kaveh2 nnygamer20 days ago

i was contemplating to make computer action figures by using only hot glue and cutting the pins.do you think that it will interfere with

Zlaja Genije topics.

nnygamer (author)  kaveh217 days ago

I think it would be fine.

Zlaja Genije made it!21 days ago

Here`s mine creation.


These are just the cutest little bugs!!

WJR3390071 year ago

Here are some that I made

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nnygamer (author)  WJR3390071 year ago
Those are cute!

I'm glad that after almost 7 years on here this instructable is still getting messages ad people are still making the bugs!
David971 year ago

Just a few I made

nnygamer (author)  David971 year ago
Nice job! I need to make some more this summer.
ladylissa2 years ago
Would make cute ear rings!
KionK2 years ago
Ii is a good idea....
Myself8 years ago
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.
ssshag Myself2 years ago
This IS in the realm of "save the environment" -- 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 "traditional" recycling will end up where? They'll end up at, sooner, if not later (at the end of their recycling life), the landfill.
nnygamer (author)  Myself7 years ago
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.
build523 years ago
great job! 5 star!!!
Great Idea!!
urielh3 years ago
it's realy work?
FraKtuL4 years ago
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. :)
BTW: The "free" 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 !
redsunmtm3 years ago
you should look this page i do those things for more than 15 year now !
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!
nnygamer (author)  thevansleaving4 years ago
They don't weigh much at all. I've seen regular earrings that probably weighed more.
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.
JOBGG nnygamer4 years ago
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.
nnygamer (author)  JOBGG4 years ago
Also a nice coat of clear nail polish over the whole thing will help seal it.
This is brilliant ! Congratulations. I love your creations.
I'll try to do some.
thomathome4 years ago
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?
acosicris4 years ago
I hate bugs! But those seems to be harmless. LOL.
Nice ible!!!
vishalapr4 years ago
I like the ible but I would personally use those parts, well done on this ible!!!
SysGhost4 years ago
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.
apaterson14 years ago
would the resistors still work if i wanted to recycle them into another project?
nnygamer (author)  apaterson14 years ago
I don't see why not. As long as you don't overheat any of the components they should be good to reuse.
nbagf4 years ago
woudn't it be random if these were able to be used in projects
rcosmo4 years ago
Soo cute! im so gonna make it tomorrow right after i wake up xD
coleyy4 years ago
you could use an intigrated circuit or 2 attatched together and ad a head to make a centipede!
syncromatic4 years ago
Cool idea, reminds me of the game ZOIKZ.
Harry8D4 years ago
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.
Keep up the good work! :D
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