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Geeky Christmas Ornaments

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How to decorate your Christmas tree, using nothing but old computer parts and other components? I'll tell you. It's easy and fun.
It's a great way to recycle, and to have a tree that's different and still shiny and nice to look at. Also, it's a great thing to do as a group or family.

It's not all that easy to take pictures of a Christmas tree. Most of the time, they'll either be pretty, or you can see the ornaments clearly. It's almost never both. That explains why some of the pictures of my tree look pretty, and some are clear.

I made this at my local hackerspace: Hack42 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Kids, remember to eat your veggies and support your local hackerspace!
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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Computer parts:
- Harddisk platters
- Harddisk platter separator rings
- Harddisk reading heads
- Various coils and components, as long as they're shiny
- Fan covers
- Flatcable

Other:
- Thick copper wire
- Thin wire in different insulation colours

Tools:
- Scissors for cutting flatcable
- Hole punch
- Pliers for cutting and bending
- Your favourite wire stripper

Where do you get harddisk parts? Why, they're inside old hard disks. And if you need to know how to take those apart, look here and here.
Coils are often found inside the power supply.
mole11 year ago
I love this!
Hack42Moem (author)  mole11 year ago
Thank you :-)
Kiteman1 year ago
Hey, this was featured on the Solabotics website - kudos!
Hack42Moem (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Oh, that's neat! I'd never seen that site before. Thanks for the heads up!
LobosSolos1 year ago
You are such a geek, and as a geek myself I say that as a compliment. One question, did you use your regular microwave to do the CDs in? The reason I ask is the fact that the arcing can weaken the magnetron tube and thus weaken your microwave. Other than that, very awesome and creative.
Hack42Moem (author)  LobosSolos1 year ago
No, we used an old microwave that was redundant anyway. Oh, we also out it outside, in case there were toxic fumes.

Glad you like it, and yes, I take 'geek' in a positive sense :-)
Cool! I love the ones where you use fan covers the best!
Hack42Moem (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you! I like those too, they're such fun to work with.
ynze1 year ago
My favorite is the star on top. Cool!
Hack42Moem (author)  ynze1 year ago
Dank je wel :-)