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Bumblebeeskin gloves

For buzzy hands.
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You know you want a pair.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 30 2011

(?) Bee@Skinners http://www.skinners...er4dc2a8bee272a.pdf
Not quite what I'd hoped for.... [Boomershine, May 30 2011]

Bumblebee Gloves http://www.amazon.c...=pd_sl_450x05zfwx_e
Oven on preheat. Nothing baked... [Boomershine, May 30 2011]

Bumblebee fur http://www.flickr.c...ography/2367543804/
Now I REALLY want these... [Boomershine, May 30 2011]

Insect-Vogue antithesis [xenzag, May 31 2011]

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       I think the arse-end of a bumblebee is a bit squidgier. If not, advanced tanning methods will be developed to render the abdominal exoskeleton thin and leathery.   

       For big bumblebees, each abdominal hide should cover a couple of square centimetres. A couple of hundred head of bee should be enough for a glove.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 30 2011
  

       I have honeybees, and can report that their abdomens feel soft and velvety, with localised extreme pointyness.
spidermother, May 30 2011
  

       These would be the bee's knees.
rcarty, May 30 2011
  

       head of beef belly of pig stinger of bee?
Voice, May 30 2011
  

       Stings in fingertips?
pocmloc, May 30 2011
  

       You'll need beeskinners. [link]
Boomershine, May 30 2011
  

       [+} of course.
FlyingToaster, May 30 2011
  

       Can I order these with the fly paper liner? No matter. Bun. [+]
Grogster, May 30 2011
  

       I will put myself in harm's way and catch a bee, euthanizing it with a drop of bleach in a sealed container as I did when mounting insects as a child, then flay its hide from its carcass. This, I will then tan using the process [MB] is now undoubtedly researching using the resources of whatever institution he has conned into hiring him. Then I will post this produce to the next halfbaker in line who will repeat the process and attach theirs appropriately. Before long, a quite shoddily crafted beeskin glove will be produced.   

       Cunningly, this first glove will be covered in pheromones and inserted into a hive of worker bees that have been exposed for some duration to radioactive isotopes. They will make this glove their queen and toil mindlessly, giving themselves selflessly to the reproduction of her majestic form. These fine bee crafted gloves, composed of the abdomens of bees who died putting single stitches into its seams with their stingers will afford me the construction of a hive of human proportions where I will sup on cups of honey, and take my medication without fail which was a precondition for my release.
rcarty, May 31 2011
  

       I don't think you can tan a bee cuticle. They consist of a modified polysaccharide (i think there are amino groups or something) impregnated with a wax. You'd need to soften it rather than toughen it too, but anyway, leather is protein and tanning is the creation of cross-links between the fibres. Not much protein in arthropod cuticle, though there probably is some.   

       [Rcarty], i would prefer to do this with insects which are already dead. It would be more practical than catching them.
nineteenthly, May 31 2011
  

       // Not much protein in arthropod cuticle //   

       They're mostly chitin, aren't they ? Cockroach carapaces are largely composed of chitin.
8th of 7, May 31 2011
  

       Yes, which is almost a polysaccharide, but they also contain wax like most arthropod cuticles.
nineteenthly, May 31 2011
  

       Now I know why the bee population has been declining.
RayfordSteele, May 31 2011
  

       Not enough Jam.
zen_tom, May 31 2011
  

       // why the bee population has been declining //   

       Bee rustling ?
8th of 7, May 31 2011
  

       //Bee rustling?//   

       Only if you've let it dry out.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 31 2011
  

       You can get ointment for that, now.
8th of 7, May 31 2011
  
      
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