Live insect bracelet-cage

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Live insect bracelet-cage

Thingiverse user themauxfaux just posted these plans for a laser-cut bangle that incorporates a hollow passage, complete with air-holes, so you can display your favorite live insect specimens on your wrist.

He calls it “Putrefashion,” which, although memorable, is pretty much a giant mistake, IMNSHO. I mean, I understand: I have a hard time resisting a good pun myself, but the whole point here is to keep the critter alive. And if you were to, you know, keep wearing it after it died and started to rot, well…just…ew. Even moreso “ew” than wearing bugs around on your wrist in the first place.

10 thoughts on “Live insect bracelet-cage

  1. Brian says:

    My bearded dragon lizard loves these things.

  2. Carnes says:

    Perhaps there’s an insect out there that loves being tosses around all day? ideas?

  3. Sean Michael Ragan says:

    Animal cruelty. One of many possible concerns here. The list of ready criticisms, even constructive ones, of this thing is pretty long, in my book. But I wanted to salute the makers for the originality of their thinking. This is the most out-of-the-box idea I’ve seen come through the Thingiverse RSS feed in awhile.

  4. Trisaratops says:

    As an entomologist, I good-naturedly resent that you think wearing insects is gross.

    That said, I’d rather not trap them in a bracelet. Most will hang on to a sweater just fine.

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      …it depends on the insect. Jewel beetles? Not gross at all. Downright cool. Bot flies? Gross. Definitely gross.

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