Thanks everyone for the great replies, I can't believe this is a 'hot new project' cool!
I loved reading everyones stories and memories, soo funny! Especially yours brieboo
These are great. I love the bronzing/silver plating idea, but what I would do if I had a whole box full of exoskeletons is to make a table top, encasing them completely in a thick layer of resin. So you have a nice smooth top, but when you look down you have the awesome color/texture/creepy bug thing going on.
I LOVE this idea, in fact I was already half thinking about doing it! It would be so cool/creepy.
A friend once sent me some dead cockroaches in a letter...they were, of course, all crunched up in the envelope. I think he was hoping for the 'What the..? EEEWWWWWW!!' response. When I opened it and saw what was inside I just laughed...it was so very the kind of thing I would expect from him
As for ideas...you could make belt buckles. I'm thinking of some that I absolutely love by an Etsy seller (www.bykali.etsy.com)...she usually uses nails, broken mirrors, washers and that sort of thing in resin. I love her nail burst belt buckles.
Or you could make some resin bracelets...it would look like cicadas marching around your wrist. Or, sticking with the resin, barrettes...bugs in your hair, ick! lol Then there are always earrings or necklaces. Or you could hop over to the knitting section and make these http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285832.0, although you'd have to find bigger straws unless your cicadas are small. Ok, I'm out of ideas.
Your ideas are really awesome, and those buckles on etsy are awesome! Barettes are a cool idea too, in fact, I may glue those two teardrop shaped ones to barettes!
Those knitting needles are gorgeous, so cool!
I admire your creativity and the fact that you through outside the box (or inside in this case) so well done.
But it is gross, sorry.
Thank you! Oh I know, they are gross. You should have seen me opening the box, I was screaming and near tears I swear!
ohh. i just finished doing some silver castings. i bet they would turn out really neat as long as they're not too thin. i don't have any first-hand experience with cicada shells, but now i kind of want to hunt some out to cast.
How do you do silver/bronze casting? i have never seen much of it, but it sounds really interesting! The shells are really thin, I guess they would be too fragile, which is a shame.
so first... yuck.
Although I once did some interesting things with dead ladybugs, so who am I to talk?
But working off the yuck factor, it would be VERY cool to cast some in resin and then affix it to the bottom of water glass, so once you finish drinking your milk you realize there's a nasty dead bug at the bottom... EWWW!
Of course I have no idea how to do that, but you seem like an enterprising sort.
This sounds like an awesome idea too! I am so glad I have such a huge box of them, there are so many things I want to try! It would be so creepy to find cicadas in the bottom of your drink!
I am in absolute love with the heart shaped one!
Me and my nerdyness....
The idea of the garland is really neat. I'll have to try to come up with some ideas.
I love the heart shaped one too, cicadas in love, awwww how sweet! My sister has already claimed this one, but I definatly think I will make more like this!
Wow. This brings back memories for me! I actually have a cicada story- weird. So, not sure why we started this, but from the time my brother and I were about 4 or 5, every fall we'd gather a bunch of shells and put them all over my dad's desk and computer as a joke. Ok, not much of a story, but my dad would always pretend to freak out and we'd think we were awesome.
I actually missed the sound of them when I moved to Colorado! When I moved back home (IL) I loved opening my windows in late summer and drifted to sleep with them buzzing. Odd, I know. They can get overwhelmingly loud though!
As for ideas- I always thought it'd be cool to string them together and hang them for Halloween, or on a mantle or wall or Christmas tree if you want to be really strange. Like stringing popcorn, but not... Ooh, I bet you could insert Christmas lights into the holes in the shells and have light up bugs!
Or use resin and put them in ice cube trays for bug cubes...
Put them in someones bed for a crunchy surprise.
Put them in a cereal box for a morning treat- can you picture the look on their face when cicada shells pour into their cereal bowl? (April 1st is coming up)
OK, I'm done with the weirdness for now. But I may come up with more ideas later. You've got my brain going. Scary.
I'm gonna have to do some shell collecting this fall... I want a cicada garland now.
Cute story about you and your brother!
The garland idea is definatly cool! Would love to string some around somewhere!
I also love the icecube idea, it's a shame I wouldn't be able to put them in peoples drinks though!!
Putting them in a cereal box, that is so cool too, I might do that to my brother, before going on to turn them into something!
Thank you EVERYONE for your great comments, I'm so sorry I can't reply to all of them, but I do appreciate them! I would be stuck here all night if I tried to reply to you all!!
Can't wait to here more ideas, and hear more funny stories,