Designer makes a leather ring from his own flesh

Designer Sruli Recht creates experimental fashions that often have as much to do with where his materials come from as what the final product looks like. For example, he's woven horsehair garments, tanned the leather of stillborn lambs, and extracted silk from a spider's silk gland implanted in a goat's milk duct.… » 2/02/13 2:00pm 2/02/13 2:00pm

Operation Dumbo Drop Gone Terribly Wrong: How to clean a giant elephant…

Check out the 1933 staff of the American Museum of Natural History pressing the wrinkles from their giant Elephant hide. The New York Museum has released a collection of stills showing the prepping, cleaning and mounting their giant Elephant exhibit. It's actually quite delightfully demented. » 12/05/12 8:40am 12/05/12 8:40am

This sutured skin cake might just be too gruesome to eat

Few things could put me off a slice of delicious cake, but the thought of cutting into this Frankenstein's monster of a confection might just do it. Cake designer Gillian Bell created this skin cake in honor of her new venture "Slice," which blends the mouth-watering with the macabre. I'm not sure which part is more… » 9/02/12 7:30am 9/02/12 7:30am

In the 1800s, binding a book with your own dead skin made a lovely gift

Skin-bound books may sound like weird artifacts that belong in Evil Dead movies or Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. But from the 1600s to 1800s, these suede-like tomes were less necromancy, more commemorative plate. And hell, converting yourself into a human moleskine upon kicking the bucket made for a heartfelt… » 1/31/12 12:30pm 1/31/12 12:30pm

Regular old ink-jet printers could soon be making replacement human skin

With the simplest of modifications, a normal ink-jet printer becomes a high-tech 3-D printer, able to build replacement skin for those desperately in need of grafts. The latest breakthrough saw a plastic "ear" being printed out over just a half-hour...and it's only a matter of time before we can do that with skin as… » 2/20/11 6:30pm 2/20/11 6:30pm