Friday, August 21

Steampunk Sculpture : Rhinoceros Beetle

Steampunk Rhinoceros Beetle

I Made it from Tinned copper wire that i twist , bend and coil mostly by hand and pliers . I also use some silver tone clock parts in the front and the back of the beetle's body . I plan to make a wide variety of these bugs .

Now available on ETSY

The rhinoceros beetles or rhino beetle are a subfamily (Dynastinae) of beetles in the family of scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae). They are among the largest of beetles, and their common name refers to the characteristic horns borne by the males of most species in the group. The male beetles use their horns in mating battles against other males.

Their larval stage is long, several years in some species. The larvae feed on rotten wood while the adults feed on nectar, plant sap and fruit. Rhinoceros beetle larvae are sometimes fried and eaten as a bush delicacy. However, their greatest economic importance is as pests: Oryctes rhinoceros especially can de-foliate and sometimes kill coconut and oil palms in the SE Asian and Pacific regions. Biological controls heve been developed, based on entomopathogen viruses and the fungus Metarhizium majus.

Rhinoceros beetles are popular pets in Asia. They are clean, easy to maintain, and safe to handle. In Asian countries, male beetles are also used for gambling fights since they naturally compete for female beetles with the winner knocking the other off a log. Rhinoceros beetles are also the strongest animals on the planet in relation to their own size. They can lift up to 850 times their own weight. Well-known species of rhino beetles include the Atlas Beetle (Chalcosoma atlas), Elephant Beetle (Megasoma elephas), European Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), Japanese rhinoceros beetle (Trypoxylus dichotomus), Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules), Ox Beetle (Strategus aloeus), the Unicorn Beetle (Dynastes tityus) and the Common Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses)

Tuesday, August 18

Steampunk Jewelry Giveaway : What is your favorite stone ?

*** Thanks for Participating ,
The winner have been contacted ***.

Steampunk Jewelry Giveaway
What is your favorite stone?

This is a quick survey and giveaway ,
Ending on the 31st of august 2009 .

Please indicate which stone is your favorite from the list below , the color of Metal you prefer
. There will be 1 winner for every 100 participant . The winner will receive the most popular ring from the result of the survey .

Gemstones :

Black Onyx
Smoky quartz
Orange Amber
Red Coral
Green Seraphinite
Purple Charoite
Blue Lapis Lazuli

or Gunmetal with Natural Copper

LAPIS LAZULI with Gunmetal with Natural Copper

SMOKY QUARTZ with Gunmetal with Natural Copper

BLACK ONYX with Gunmetal

CHAROITE with Gunmetal

SERAPHINITE with Gunmetal

RED CORAL with Gunmetal

AMBER with Gunmetal


+1 Entry : Post a text link on you blog/website to my ETSY boutique
( you get 1 more entry )


+ 4 Entry : You can add this 125 x 125 Steampunk Jewelry image to your blog with a link to ( you get 4 more entries )

So if you do all this you can get up to 5 entries ,
All you have to do is leave a comment here and letting me know what you did.