Buying jewelry for a friend or significant other can be a daunting task. You want it to be personal and memorable, not overly generic or bland and preferably not jewelry for beards. Yup, that's a thing.
If you want to take your jewelry-gifting game up to another level, then check out the work of Berlin-based jewelry and nail artist Nadja Buttendorf. Her site claims that "jewelry for aliens is important." Why does it make such an odd claim? Well...
Yes, these are real, and if you're wondering who would buy them, Buttendorf is hoping everyone, as she made them in almost every flesh tone imaginable. So you have no excuse not to surprise someone with these as a gift, unless of course they have a weak heart.
If earrings aren't really your gift-recipient's thing, you can get them a ring instead. A FINGERring. Because who wouldn't want a terrifying extra appendage with a name that sounds like a lewd sex act?
Buttendorf explained the process of making these art monstrosi.... er, art pieces:
"I started to work a lot with silicone, as it is the closest material to simulate human skin. While doing so I found a way to replicate the ears of friends and my own finger. It was very weird and cool to have these exact replicas of the body parts in my studio of someone else. Mostly I use a silicone called dragon skin. There is no 3D printing involved!"
8. In Action
In a series of deeply unsettling videos, Buttendorf shows the FINGERring being used for everyday activities. Though it might not sound like a big deal, the silent, creepy videos will leave you feeling bone-chillingly uneasy.
9. Please... Please Stop
Mmmmm... just look at that delicious bend and wiggle of the sixth finger. This is an appropriate action as seeing this in the light is completely unacceptable.
10. Writing Wrongs
And here we get to see what it would look like if the six-fingered man that killed Inigo Montoya's father decided to write a letter in a terrifyingly quiet, methodical manner. Seriously, who wouldn't love this as a gift?
11. They Can Open Doors
Honestly, I'm starting to come around on these things. These would be amazing for Halloween. You can get someone jewelry on All Hallow's Eve too, ya know. It doesn't have to always be Valentine's Day.
Check out Nadja Buttendorf's site for these and her other works. She's truly a talented artist, and crazy ideas like these only serve to make the world more interesting.
Speaking of artists whose silicone-based body part art pieces leave you feeling an existential pang of dread, check out these body part sculptures. It's always fun to find a new artistic sub-genre, isn't it?