Believe It or Not!
Toenail Insects

Toenail Insects

In Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True we featured Rachel Betty Case’s bears made from bellybutton lint. Now we reveal “Human Ivory”, Rachel’s miniature creatures crafted from real human toenails. In 2003, the Pennsylvania artist began collecting the discarded toenails from her art school colleagues and professors, who would leave them in bags outside her door. After gathering two years’ worth of clippings, Rachel decided to get creative with her macabre collection. After noticing how people reacted to her work, she was soon “addicted to shocking people, and to making art from the most unconventional materials.”

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