The materials artist Bruce Mahalski uses are hardly typical -- neither is what he creates with them. He works with bones to produce, among other things, replica pistols and assault rifles. The result is beautiful, yet unsettling, and provides a stark reminder of the power that these weapons have.
Yet, the artist doesn't necessarily see it that way. According to Mahalski, "Some people might consider it ghoulish to collect bits of dead animals but to me it isn't about death -- it's about life."
His work reminds me of something something out of David Cronenberg's eXistenZ.
Above is a collection of his work, including two bone dueling pistols. There's more on his site, which is linked below.