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NEWSWEEK

October, 1 2010

The Evolution of a Handmade Ecosystem

 

 

THE NATIONAL EXAMINER

August 23, 2010

The Week of Weird Jewelry

 

 

S and O PRODUCTIONS

September 28, 2010

Treasury Tuesday The Elite Eight

 

 

 

 

SCRAPMETAL

July 19, 2010

Etsy Gone Wild: The Art of BettyRaeCase

 

 

 

 

HEART OF STEELcity

June 30, 2010

YOU ARE DISGUSTING: The Weird and Wonderful Art of Rachel Betty Case

 

 

 

 

JESS GETS A HOUSE-WARMING GIFT, DOCUMENTED

May 13, 2010

Another funny reaction to the bear.

 

 

 

 

 

IN SHADOWS: A PLACE TO VIEW ETSY'S DARKER SIDE

April 14, 2010

It Gets Weirder

 

"Since getting my belly button pierced I've seen my fair share of belly lint. It comes in all shades of gray and a whole slew of soft blobby looking shapes. Kind of like having my own simple lint farm where the only maintenance required is to wear a shirt. Yup that's right... In addition to making jewelry, I'm also a farmer."

 

 

 

 

 

FLASH NEWS: THE POP CULTURE WIRE FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

March 29, 2010

Crafter Uses Belly Lint to Make Teddy Bears

"One crafter’s homemade stuffed animals are a little hard to stomach.  Rachel Case creates tiny teddy bears using belly button lint and dryer lint."

 

 

 

CELEBRIFI: ALL CELEBRITY NEWS ALL THE TIME

March 26, 2010

The Belly Button Bear Fights The Toe Jam Hoodies

 

"For the special person in your life, a little big of you to cuddle: a teddy bear fashioned from belly button fluff. “These charming, tiny bears are made of lint and even have eyes and a nose! They come in a 2.5″ glass jar with a cork and label. Each bear and jar comes in a black satin satchel to keep them safe.” Safe from the toe jam gang, a rabble of hoodies made entirely from toe jam. belly-button-bear."

 

 

 

 

 

SHOW HYPE: THE BEST STORIES, THE BIGGEST FANS

March 26, 2010

Teddy Bear Made of Belly Button Lint

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEMONDROP: SWEET, TASTY, TART

March 26, 2010

Bears Made of Bellybutton Lint? 5 Etsy Finds That Make Us Go 'Huh'

 

"Usually we're the first to genuflect before the handmade emporium that is Etsy, sequins and bric-a-brac having the same effect on us as tequila. In fact, watch our new Crafts category closely because, in coming weeks, we'll be back with fun, step-by-step offerings that make you want to call three scrappy friends and uncork at least one bottle of Syrah before noon on a Saturday.

 

Just consider this a reminder that imaginations can go into overdrive: When a co-worker sent us a link to these "adorable" bears at left -- more on them below -- we were reminded that there is also a Craft Hell, where select iffy Etsy offerings should be sent to burn. Luckily, none of what we turned up was made of hair. Or roadkill. Just the sh** that gets stuck in your belly button! Seriously, we know times are tough, but have these folks never heard of Michael's?"

 

 

 

 

TOWLEROAD: A SITE WITH HOMOSEXUAL TENDENCIES

March 25, 2010

News: True Blood, British Columbia, Sarah Palin, Jackass, Coffee

 

"Senate passes health care reconciliations.  There's a reason in this jar..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

DLISTED: BE VERY AFRAID

March 25, 2010

Open Post: Hosted By The Belly Button Lint Bear

"If you've been desperately looking for a friend to keep your Placenta Teddy Bear company at home while you're at work, then ruuuuuuuun to Etsy and get yourself the Belly Button Lint Bear! Yeah, it's a tiny teddy bear made out of belly button lint. I'll wait as you dry yack into your palm. Pause. Whistle. Pause. Are you done yet? Ok!

The seller doesn't say how many different belly buttons they had to pick to collect enough lint for one bear. What I want to know is, how can we be sure the lint is coming from belly buttons only? I think we deserve to know if they used clitty lint too.

And I'll holler at you when someone on Etsy starts selling a Butt Dingle Bear. It will complete the trio!"

 

 

BAG OF NOTHING: BECAUSE THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO OFFER

March 25, 2010

Teddy Bears Made of Belly Button Lint Only $8

 

"This post is made in honor of WifeGeeding’s Baylor Bears who made the Sweet 16 and play St Mary’s on Friday."

 

 

 

 

 

BUZZFEED

March 25, 2010

Culture Buzz. Belly Button Lint Bears. I shit you not. You can buy them on Etsy (if you are a creeper).

 

 

 

 

 

107.7 THE END

March 25, 2010

Why would I want a teddy bear made of belly button lint? (see below).

 

"Your first reaction was probably “ewwwww” but what if it was CELEB belly button lint?  Id start my collection with Jack White,  Josh Homme, Bill Murray (yep STILL)…who else?  oooh James Franco. I’ll come get it myself!"

 

 

 

 

KEEGY: UNITED STATES

March 25, 2010

Open Post: Hosted by the Belly Button Lint Bear

 

"If you've been desperately looking for a friend to keep your Placenta Teddy Bear company at home while you're at work, then ruuuuuuuun to Etsy and get yourself the Belly Button Lint Bear! Yeah, it's a tiny teddy bear made out of belly button lint. I'll wait as you dry yack into your palm. Pause..."

 

 

 

 

96.5 JACK FM: SEATTLE, PLAYING WHAT WE WANT

March 25, 2010

My Very Own Belly Button Lint Bear

 

"No, it’s not mine, but I kind of wish it was…just kidding!  Gone are the stuffed animals, give the gift of a lifetime!  Purchase yourself a Belly Button Lint Bear. Yes, you heard right, made straight from the horse’s mouth…I mean belly button…excuse me, while I throw up."

 

 

TREND HUNTER MAGAZINE

February 18, 2010

"Human Ivory" Jewelry, Wearable Fingernail and Toenail Sculptures by Rachel Case

"Rachel Case is an artist who makes unusual jewelry. How unusual? Try fingernail and toenail clippings. She actually sculpts them into little designs—usually skeletal hands, fish, bugs and animal paws and embeds them into resin with amber backings. These make for jewelry that will either gross you out or make you gape—or perhaps entice you to send her your own clippings for custom work?

Rachel Case calls them ‘human ivory’ although the clippings are neither bone or teeth. But fingernails and toenails are extensions of our skeletons.  The color also reminds her of ivory.

This New Jersey-based artist sells her work in a number of places including the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, which happens to have the oldest collection of human anatomical oddities."

 

 

THE BEADING GEM: JEWELRY EXPRESSIONS IN BLOOM

February 17, 2010

Human Ivory Jewelry - Fingernail and Toenail Sculptures in Resin

 

 

"Rachel Betty Case is sculptor and jewelry artisan. But her chosen medium is human ivory which is basically fingernail and toe nails.  She defines her style as "humorous and shocking, yet refined and sophisticated." And highly unusual. She is probably the only fingernail and toenail clipping artisan in the world!

In this interview, she described people's reactions to her art form : "When people found out I made art out of nail clippings and belly button lint some would scream, some would gag, some would stare blankly. Some would laugh and one even told me I was "the most disgusting person on Earth." Every reaction is different and I treasure all of them."

 

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BEAUTY XPOSE

January 31, 2010

WTF of the Week: Human Ivory Accessories by Rachel Case

 

"During your bi-weekly manicure, have you ever stopped and thought, “Gee, I really feel bad about wasting these nail clippings – I should recycle them!” No? Well, those who support the trade of “human ivory,” aka fingernail and toenail clippings, probably have those pangs of guilt."

 

 

THE BAAAD ARTIST

January 24, 2010

Fabulous Artist: Rachel Betty Case

 

This woman bought Siamese twin lint bears from me and documented postal arrival and opening process.

 

"While browsing through the shop, I came across an adorable little two-headed teddy bear that is supposedly made of belly button lint. I had to have this for my curiosities collection. While some may not have the stomach for such an item, I indeed grew up on a farm and am a Registered Nurse, so it would take a lot to disgust me (in fact, I think the only think that grosses me out is dirty dish water with stuff floating in it- but I can handle any bodily fluid you can project at me). On closer observation, I doubt that the entire thing is made out of bellybutton lint (wouldn't it take forever to collect that much?), although she may have used a few pieces of navel fuzz here and there."

 

 

TRENDHUNTER

January 16, 2010

Betty Rae Case Invented a Brand New Way to Be Gross

 

"Betty Rae Case is selling belly button lint bears on Etsy. Now, Etsy has become known as the place to find weird and strange things (hidden among all the cool things available on the site), but this is a whole new level. If belly button lint bears are really what they claim to be, then the grossness is unimaginable. If it’s a joke…well, it’s still gross."

 

 

CRAFTASTROPHE: BECAUSE HAND-MADE ISN'T ALWAYS PRETTY

January 14, 2010

At Least They Aren't Butt Plugs

 

"Ya so there’s a whole culture of people who farm themselves for Human Ivory.  Want to take a wild guess as to what Human Ivory is?"

 

 

 

 

DELLA TESTUGGINE NON SI BUTTA VIA NIENTE

January 12, 2010

 

" 'E all’improvviso, gli abissi della mente umana si rivelano ancora più profondi di quanto mi immaginassi. Gli angoli oscuri di Etsy rivelano sorprese agghiaccianti.'

translated from Italian to English:

'And suddenly, the abyss of the human mind are even more profound than I had anticipated. The angles of obscure Etsy reveal surprises chilling.' "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGRETSY: WHERE DIY MEETS WTF

January 10, 2010

Roach Clippings

 

"A cockroach made of toenails! How cute is that? I wish I’d seen this in time for Christmas. I just gave everyone the same old maggot and dogshit candles."

In midst off all the snarky comments were a few hilarious digital collages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAPER ACORN

December 31, 2009

oddities and curiosities

 

"The past few days have felt unexplainably surreal to me, which has compelled  this provoking assemblage of specimens. some bits of beauty from nature, others freaks thereof; all equally intriguing and worthy of further inspection."

 

 

 

 

 

SPUNKY ECLECTIC: BOOGIE KNITS

December 11, 2009

GIFTS - oddities

 

"You know I like the odd. Well, if you’ve been here any length of time you know that. Especially if you’ve met me in real life. So here is a list of some great 'oddities'. Some might make you think 'ew', some 'why' and others might be the perfect gift.

 

I have a necklace from bettyraecase and I would so buy another. I will let you discover her unique items all by yourself.  It looks like a bug but it so is not. They’re very cool."

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LINT FILTER

December 2, 2009

Belly Button Lint Bears, Oh My!

 

"These little fellers are adorable with a capital A! Rachel, the brains behind bettyraecase, describes these guys thusly:
These charming, tiny teddies are made of lint and even have eyes and a nose! They come in a 2.5" glass jar with a cork and label. Each teddy-in-a-jar comes in a black satin satchel to keep them safe and precious."

 

 

 

 

 

THE CITY THAT BREEDS: THE DUMBER SIDE OF BALTIMORE

August 30, 2009

The di[e]ce Grand Opening

 

Aside from vintage goods, di[e]ce features handmade jewelry from local artisans (including some crazy “human ivory” pieces made with fingernails!), local art installations that are all for sale, and custom tailoring/alterations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREND HUNTER MAGAZINE

July 20, 2009

Recycled Bike Jewelry

Tour de France Fans Will Love These Old Bike Tires Turned Wearable Art

 

"Instead of being bummed about a broken bike, some crafty artists are making recycled bicycle jewelry—the perfect accessory for any Tour de France fan. This gallery depicts some of the most fascinating—and beautiful—creations made from old bike tires, chains and others parts.

These particular pictures of recycled bicycle jewelry come from Etsy artists palepink (x2), LostAndFoundObjects2, casacasa, TrilliumArtisans, atTire, JuliaGarretson and bettyraecase. What more could a unique jewelry lover or Tour de France fan want?"