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Shanghai artist transforms bugs into steampunk art

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A Chinese artist has been transforming insects into steampunk works of art, as footage from his Shanghai studio on Thursday shows.

Zhang Yuebai, the artist, starts with a dead insect and removes its innards before soaking it in chemical preservatives. After this, he then drills holes through the exoskeleton and can start outfitting the body with parts scavenged from watches and jewellery. Zhang says the lengthy process means it

can take weeks to complete a single piece.

The artist also creates normal specimen pieces for other insect collectors, but says he wishes more people in China were aware of and appreciated the steampunk aesthetic.

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