I’m sorta speechless with this one. Not gonna lie.
Anyway, 45-year-old Queens resident Mike Drake collects his fingernail and toenail clippings and turns them into acrylic paperweights which sell for $300 - $500 a pop. It’s called ART, dammit. Try not to be so judgmental.
“I used to bite my nails, and I wondered how long they could grow. And then I wondered how much I might be able to accumulate.”
So he collected his nail clippings in a Ziploc baggie for about a year, and was about to throw them out when inspiration struck. He decided to do something ‘artistic’ with them.
“I realised I went to all that effort, and I figured, in for a penny, in for a pound. I already worked with acrylics as a hobby so I decided to make paperweights.”
Drake only makes one paperweight weight per year using a greenish-acrylic tint because the jade color “gives off an emerald quality.”
The more you know.