Glass Circuit Boards

Fine and tiny, silver and black glass encased circuit boards. Of all the rare finds THESE! are the rarest of all. Oh lucky lucky lucky! (not telling you where I found them. Tis a secret) Its been over a year since I last found some. They make for such unique Bugs. No one else in the WORLD has made any like these! ( I hope) These are for sale in my Etsy shop, brand new today. Please find links to my Etsy shop below.




The Dainty Jewelled Singer Stinger, Electronic Component Ichneumon Wasp.


You can see the elegant female Ichneumon wasp walking with robotic darting movements, tip tapping with her antennae, on Summer leaves. Have you seen her? Looking for food, a mate of someone to lay her eggs in (yeek) with her sharp ovipositor. ´¯`*•.¸¸✿*•.🐝


Her name comes from her ‘stinger’ which is a needle from a Singer sewing machine. A perfect gift for a needle crafter or textile artist.


She is a delicate little one, adorned with a brand new ‘Indian Pink’ Swarovsky crystal adding a sense of preciousness and renewal to discarded and obsolete components. She is brand new in my Etsy shop today. Please find the links below:

Why size really does matter. Part One: My Flies are Undone!


I am occasionally asked by people, “Why don’t you go bigger, make really really big Bugs?” Well, does size really matter? No, not at all. But from a practicable point of view size really does matter. It basically all depends on how much space you have.


Tiny Computer Component Bug


The diverse variety of materials I am presented with upon opening up electronic gadgets can facilitate different forms and shapes and inspire new design possibilities. Of course, to find the pieces that fit perfectly together requires collecting, sorting and displaying literally thousands of components.


The displaying of the found objects in one’s working space is vital to the process because it is a discerning eye and a forager’s mentality which brings the separate pieces together to form the whole. It takes a lot of looking and searching through all the components to find ‘just the right one’. Then of course…

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The Bees Knees. Part Two: My colourful Nuts

My bee hive with honey comb is going to require some really big Bees to compliment those huge honey cells. This piece in progress is inspired by a story I read about a hive of bees local to an M&Ms factory. The bees had apparently been attracted to colourful sugary substances in waste bins at the back of the building. This resulted in the strange colours in the honey comb. Its nuts! isn’t it?

My hive is all ready and waiting for some bees. All of my Insect artworks come from discarded and obsolete computer and electronic gadget components but to realize this piece I may have to resort to buying brand new components. It will have to be called a ‘semi upcycled’ piece maybee? We shall see! What will bee will bee…
Two of the Bees shown here are available in my Etsy shop. Here are the links:


The Bees Knees. Part One.

You would think that bees would be one of the easiest insects to make from electronic components but not for me. Except for the legs of course which these yellow resistors are perfect for. They remind me of the chubby, pollen carrying bees knees.


My main problem though is to create lots of creatures that are all exactly the same because, of course, bees are communal…hive animals. Its rare to find electronic components or pieces of circuit board that are all alike. This is why I often claim that I create no two pieces the same.
Solitary bees are no problem to create. Here are a couple: The Sunny Honey Bee and the Jewelled Turquoise honey bee

. . Finding tiny and complex, rich turquoise coloured circuit boards fired my imagination for the latter which I have created, inspired by actual real live turquoise bees. Photo: Theophilus Photography. They are beautiful!


Getting the tiny proportions right is occasionally a problem but in my art studio (named ‘Wonderland’) size doesn’t always matter. Sometimes it does: Here is a Honey Bee in perfect proportion to a Purple Emperor Butterfly.



Just received in the post from the Czech Republic, its the DPS Elektronika A-Z magazine for

which I did an interview.

Its a geeky mag all about high tech electronics and computer technology.


It would all baffle me even if it was in English…I would be none the wiser.

The good thing is that they have an art section.

I don’t have a clue what it says but I’m in there with some pretty amazing artists!

Including the Tube Map Radio by Masahindo Shindo (Design Museum, London).


(photo © Hitomi Kai Yoda)

Visually, in the magazine, the art looks stunning! So I Googled all the artists for some extra


Well. I’ve always thought that circuit boards look like miniature cities….haven’t you?

Yuri Suzuki is an installation artist and circuit board genius who designed Tube Map Radio.

Commissioned by the Design Museum London and created in collaboration with engineer

Masahiko Shindo, the Tube Map Radio was inspired by various media sources such as

‘Secret Life of Machines,’ a British television show that described how various electronics

worked and by a spoof diagram created by the original designer of the London Underground

Tube map, Harry Beck, which shows the lines and stations as an annotated electrical circuit.


(Original Tube Map Drawing by Harry Beck)



(photo © Hitomi Kai Yoda)


Iconic landmarks on this new circuit board map are represented by components relating to

their functions, including a speaker where Speaker’s Corner sits and a battery representing

Battersea Power Station.

Taking away outer casings, Shindo and Suzuki wanted to make the components visible

because it is difficult for ordinary folk to understand the complexity of the workings

inside the casings of modern electronic gadgets.

By creating a “narrative to explain how electronics work,” they hope users will be

encouraged to mend their own broken gadgets.

Well that’s a small step forward in the battle against planned obsolescence.

And Its not just art! It is also a proper working radio!

More soon on the other amazing featured artists…..




“How do you make the wings?” Mixing the old with the new


The question most commonly asked about My Insect and Animal art is, “How do you make the wings?” Moth Well, it’s a fairly long process. Firstly a do a few Google searches of ‘natural history and insect photography’ to find images of clearly visible wings that appeal to me and that I think would work well incorporated into one of My pieces. 10649532_947435761937138_2666882823733547848_n Then I do a few sketches and drawings which enable me to get the feel of the shape. I will not directly copy one set of wings from a photo I find but will take all the best bits and put them all together till I get what I consider to be the perfect wing. 21-09-2014 11;07;58(1) I will then paint the wings in the highly detailed manner of the illustrations in old natural history reference books, the traditional style of entomological drawings and paintings, painstakingly executed, by illustrators that I…

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