I salvaged this green anodized heat sink a while back. It was too cool looking to throw away, so I tossed it in my box of parts. Today, while adding more to the box, I noticed it and got to thinking how it could be used. My first idea was sorting mail on my desk, then it just went from there to the kitchen, bath & my mini art collection of ATC's.
There's many ways to remove heat sinks from old pc component boards. It all depends on how they're attached. Sometimes they have screws, clips or sliders...or any combination of those. Some heat sinks have solid fins, rather than the pegs like mine. The pen holder idea won't work for those, but the other ideas should work fine.