When I finally did crack the Ipod open I guess I thought I would suddenly know the secrets of Mac and expertly fix my ipod. I quickly realized how technology illiterate I am and needed a new plan of action. I have finally found it a purpose. Your broken Ipod can now have a second life too as a case for an HPDA, cigarettes, wallet & whatever you can fit in it really. I was inspired by the cigarette case by TulipSociety's Tara.
To do this you really shouldn't need any extra materials. Whatever you have should be fine.
What you will need:
adhesive that will bond to metal (epoxy, zap-a-gap, superglue)
hinge and clasp (fabric, ribbon, paper, actual tiny hinges and clasps?)
something to pry the ipod apart with (I used a tack.)
tiny screwdrivers for impossibly tiny screws (or the tip of a dull Exacto blade)
Step 1: Hacking Into the Ipod
Once you get it open, enjoy adventuring through a tiny little world of technology.
Step 2: Taking It All Apart.
Youll notice on the lid rim there are tabs to keep the Ipod in place. If you leave all of them youll constantly have to hack into the Ipod case again. I chose to gut the Ipod of all its insides and tabs. Removing ALL the tabs may have been a mistake, I think its too loose now. You can choose how you want it.
After everything was removed, I glued the circular buttons back in the center with zap-a-gap.
Step 3: Adding a Hinge and Clasp.
Glue the fabric, paper, plastic, whatever you have to use as the hinge, in place. There are all sorts of options for the clasp. I used some plastic from inside the case to make a pencil locked clasp and cut some tyvek for the hinge.
I didn't like the way they looked after I did it and instead made a clasp with some ribbon and wrapped it around the Ipod and changed the hinge to a black fabric. Both I glued in with the zap-a-gap.
You could do something similar or employ a different technique. You can even use two ribbons and tie them, what ever you want.
Step 4: Customizing.
The only think left to do is take care of the screen. You can paint it black, leave it clear, add a photo, glue in a mirror or your business card, etc.
Good luck and thanks for reading!