I have been making these for a while now, and whenever I go to craft shows, they are the first thing to sell..
Glue. I prefer GOOP, but Super Glue could work as well.
1 dead hard drive
1 floppy drive
9 floppy disks
about a foot of large gauge copper wire
about a foot thin gauge copper wire
brass (or any thin metal) sheet
Various implements of destruction. such as:
needle nose pliers
set of very small torx or hex wrenches
selection of screwdrivers, phlips and flat
If this is your first time doing disassembly of a floppy and hard drives, some Advil may be in order as well. Finding that last stubborn screw can be a test of the soul. luckily, we don't have to be all that gentile on our disassembly.
For the CD and Floppy drives, I usually prefer laptop drives, but desktop drives will work as well.
Most, if not all of this can be substituted by stuff that is the right shape or size. Be creative!
Step 1: Stripping the Parts
The easiest way to crack open the floppy disks themselves is to grab either end and twist it like you are wringing out a towel. you should feel it *snap, and then the sides should come apart pretty easy. Take the black disk out. gently peel the black plastic disk off the metal center. the center is the part we want to save. do this for all nine.
Step 2: Stripping the Drives
From the floppy drive we need the center motor winding. I can't give you hard core solid instructions on disassembling the floppy, as they are all somewhat unique. best thing I can say is take out all the screws you can see, and then start prying with a screwdriver. you want the main motor assembly.
The hardest part of this procedure is getting the motor "cap" off the drive without damaging the windings. The best way is to work a screwdriver just under the edge and twist, prying it up. move over a fraction, and do it again. eventually it will pop. then gently work the motor winding off the spindle the same way. Save both the cap and the winding,.
Disassembling the hard drive can be a pain, but there are many treasures inside. different manufacturer's have different architectures. Usually there are a series of screws holding the drive case together. Make sure you check under the stickers, they always hide a few. once it's open, remove the screws holding the drive head and platters in. once the platters are out, take out the drive spindle. this will be the base. If the drive spindle does not come out ease, you could very well leave it in and use the entire bottom as the base for your flower.
Disassembly is similar to the floppy. take out the screws and start prying.
Step 3: Flower Head
Let it dry over night. I have wrecked more than a few when I got over anxious to move on.
Step 4: Mount Head
Wait for the glue to dry, then glue a second coil over the center to hide the mounting, or anything else you have laying around. small gears work well. bend the wire coming out of the back into an S shape, mimicking a real stalk of some kind. using a needle nose, bend another small loop in the end. this will be used to mount it to the base.
Step 5: Leaves
Cut about 3 inches of stiff wire. make a slight bend, and glue the leaves on.
When the glue is dry, take some of the thin gauge wire, and wrap the center. use the remaining ends to attach it to the stem of the flower. I usually let the rest hang down and wrap up the ends to form little tendrils.
Step 6: Finishing
I have also attached bugs made from IC chips to small wires and attached them to the base. the ready made mounting points have all kinds of possibilities.
Different hardware will have different configurations inside, so if you make a few of these, they are almost certain to be unique one-of-a-kinds.
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