Introduction: Heatsink Candlestick

This is almost an accidental instructable - my son was taking apart a computer fan for a different project, my eye fell on the heatsink and I had a lightbulb moment...

Step 1: Materials & Tools

This candlestick is made from a retired PC fan, and that's all you really need in the way of materials.

The tools are almost as basic - all I used was my multi-tool. If you haven't got a multi-tool, then you'll need a small screwdriver (probably a cross-head) and a pair of pliers.

Step 2: Disassembly

This instructable is not so much a make as an unmake - most of the work is in disassembling the PC fan and the frame that holds the fan to the heatsink.

I started by unclipping the fan itself from the frame.

Four small screws released the frame from the heatsink, and then a quick wrench with the pliers removed the plastic widgets that presumably held the fan in place in the PC case.

This left me with a copper bowl, surrounded by aluminium vanes, and all atop four dinky little feet.

Step 3: Wash!

Once the heatsink was released from its bonds, it turned out to be full of fluff and dust.

A quick rinse in hot water fixed that, and once it was dry I could call the candlestick finished.

Step 4: Display

I actually had several identical PC fans, so I made a second candlestick, and I now have a pair, one at each end of the mantelpiece.

If you're not stopping to take photos, this whole project only takes a few minutes, so keep an eye on the tech scrap you collect in your stash - some of it is more decorative than you think!

Comments

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ilpug (author)2017-06-27

This is a super neat idea!

This one make a pretty candle holder, but a future project if you ever find any other sinks would be to put LEDs down inside so they shine out between the vanes and cast crazy patterns everywhere.

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Kiteman (author)ilpug2017-06-28

Thank you!

It would have to be a sink with straight vanes, though, so I could get between them with a drill...

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ThirdEarthDesign (author)2017-05-14

From many many centuries B.C. to the 20th Century A.D.

..two very different technologies come together as one. I'm not entirely sure why, but I like it :-)

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Kiteman (author)ThirdEarthDesign2017-05-14

Haha, thank you!

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