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The first time I gutted a dead harddisk and got a close look at all the neat shiny bits inside, I remember one of my first thoughts was: "I bet this stuff could be turned into some cool jewellery."

So that's what I did.

Here's a write-up so you can do it too.

Time: A few hours.

Skill: Some

Caution: Requires ability to use saws without cutting off own fingers. Or someone else's fingers.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Required

  • Hard disk actuator arms (two were used here -- may require disassembly of harddisks to acquire)
  • Small saw, e.g. jeweller's saw, hacksaw, coping saw
  • Pliers of various types (square-jaw, needlenose, roundnose, angle cutters, etc.)
  • Bench vise
  • Sandpaper and/or metal files
  • Small glass gems and beads
  • Jewellery findings (chains, head-pins, jump-rings, brooch pinbacks, etc.)
  • Epoxy or other adhesive that will glue metal
  • Stick for mixing said epoxy, and something on which to do so
  • Safety glasses (optional if you like living dangerously)

Recommended

  • Pin vise or small drill
  • Drill bits of assorted diameters (used mostly 1mm and 4mm here)
  • Belt sander or grinder
  • Dental picks or similar small, pointy tools
  • Tweezers
  • Dust mask
  • Ear protection

Maybe

  • Harddisks, if you don't already have the parts. Preferably old/dead ones that won't be missed.
  • Set of screwdrivers made to fit all those tiny, oddly-shaped electronics screws OR completely inappropriate tools and lots of stubborn determination, which is how I rolled the first time I took one apart. It's so much easier with the right tools.
  • Seriously, just get the right tools.
<p style="color: black;">I wrote a comment a couple of days ago, but for some reason it didn't got through(?) - but the gist of it was... Great job! :)</p>

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