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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
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Step 1: Tools of the trade

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Gather your supplies, I included but might not use each time:
Circuit Board (obsolete/dead)
Soldering Iron
Super Glue
Nail Clippers

Step 2: Stripping

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A quick and dirty way to get your parts is to heat up one side of the board where the part is and pull on the other with pliers or fingers. Rocking it back and forth as you do will work it out slowly.
Please be careful as you could burn yourself on this step. Always prep your iron before use, cleaned and tinned for maximum efficiency.
Gather as many parts as you can, off any thing you can find.
VCRs, computers, clocks, printers, stereo equipment etc. are great sources for parts
I keep mine in a compartmentalized box sorted by type, color, shape and/or size.

Step 3: The Gathering

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Now collect the parts you want to use for your bug. Sometimes I go for a theme, same color or all small parts.
I use resistors for legs (grab 6 of the same general color)
A capacitor for the abdomen (back end)
and a transistor for the head.

Step 4: Parts Prep

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Now that you have your parts selected you should get them ready.
Straighten out the leads on each of the parts and use the knife to trim off any large lumps of solder.

Step 5: Soldering Take 1

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Tape the 6 legs down in 2 rows so they meet in one spot, this is where the main body will be and the main junction for all attachments.

Step 6: Soldering Take 2

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By now your iron should be hot and ready to go. With a delicate touch solder all legs together. You might need some pliers to rearrange them if they don't cooperate.

Step 7: Soldering Take 3

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Next is the abdomen, solder carefully so the legs don't come off. Position it so as the solder cools it will be in line with the main body.
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kaveh25 days 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.

These are just the cutest little bugs!!

WJR33900711 months ago

Here are some that I made

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nnygamer (author)  WJR33900711 months 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!
David9711 months ago

Just a few I made

nnygamer (author)  David9711 months ago
Nice job! I need to make some more this summer.
ladylissa1 year ago
Would make cute ear rings!
KionK2 years ago
Ii is a good idea....
Myself7 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.
build522 years ago
great job! 5 star!!!
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nnygamer (author)  DELETED_trevyboy4 years ago
There are all kinds of places to get the components. Old radios, boom boxes, TV's (be careful with them), some telephones (not cell phones), VCRs, DVD players, clock radios.
I just happened to have a bunch of old obsolete computer parts to work with and it turned out great to call them Computer Bugs.
If you don't know what a capacitor looks like, don't take apart old TVs! The capacitor can discharge and kill you if you don't know what you're doing.
You sure? Even if you take it out of power and leave it for a couple of days. I heard the engergy radiates after a couple of days
nnygamer (author)  OrIsIt2 years ago
The energy can stay in them for weeks, I know I took apart a monitor once that hadn't been used in a month and got zapped. I sat down for about 10 minutes and was just in a daze not being able to think straight. I was very lucky.
Or, just LONG-circuit (using a several Ohm resistor) all components you see before touching them :)
not agree with you when you say "not cell phones", just take a look on my sculptures on the link i gave up here and you'll see a lot of cel phone components solded together, it is just question of pacience and good tools to solder them a sure a good technique an many imagination ! ;P
nnygamer (author)  redsunmtm3 years ago
Most cell phones have SMD that are hard to work with if you have fat fingers like me. I do use them as detailing on models though.

for those who don't know SMD= surface mount device
Great Idea!!
urielh3 years ago
it's realy work?
FraKtuL3 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: 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 ! 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 nnygamer3 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)  JOBGG3 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.
thomathome3 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?
acosicris3 years ago
I hate bugs! But those seems to be harmless. LOL.
Nice ible!!!
vishalapr3 years ago
I like the ible but I would personally use those parts, well done on this ible!!!
SysGhost3 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.
apaterson13 years ago
would the resistors still work if i wanted to recycle them into another project?
nnygamer (author)  apaterson13 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.
nbagf3 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!
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